First of all, they provide free bus shuttle from metro to the zoos and hotels. We went there on a weekday and it was off peak season. To us, it was crowded but to the Chinese, it wasn't. However, the queues move quite quickly. Although I read on the website that they close at 5.30pm, they closed at 5.00pm that day.
The signs at the bus stops may not be right. We seem to have queued at the wrong queue on going back. It's better to ask but not many of them know english so it is better if you know some mandarin or cantonese.
There is a display board with timing for the shows. We went for 1 and it was kiddish. We decided to skip the rest. There was nothing said about feeding the white tigers but since we were told by some friends, we went and it was splendid. The tigers are in a glass cage and the meats are dangled down to them in front of the pool (next to glass window) or on top of tree trunks. The tigers will therefore have to jump or climb to get their food. They rarely fight for it as they are given some every half hourly. I heard later that you can pet some baby white tigers too but we ran out of time.
I will say one should go on their safari on wheels train before embarking on the rest of the zoo. This is really good and it goes through areas roamed freely by the wildebeast, giraffes, zebras, etc.
Next comes the cable cars and you can see some of the animals quite well from it too.
Then you should explore the areas where you're most interested in like the pandas, white tigers, etc. These pandas and the white tigers are the highlights of the Safari and not to be missed.
To enjoy the place better, it is better to give yourselves more time. Most probably have a big brunch and make your way there.
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