Siberian Tiger Park

Siberian Tiger Park information

Hāěrbīn , China
88 Songbei Jie; 松北街88号
Getting there
Bus: 13, 122
admission ¥100
Opening hours
8.30am-4.30pm, last tour 4pm
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This park controversially bills itself as a breeding and preservation centre for Siberian tigers, which are among the world's rarest animals (and largest felines). Tours are given in safari-style buses that do a circuit of the enclosures. There are also walking paths around large fenced spaces where tigers roam freely. Visitors are also offered a chance to pay extra to feed live chickens or cows to the tigers, which some may find distressing. Tiger breeding centres in China, including this park, have been criticised for not providing healthy natural environments and operating harmful breeding programs. Additionally, animal welfare groups contend that staged feedings and direct human interaction are harmful to tigers.

The park is 15km north of the city. A taxi from the city centre costs ¥30 to ¥40 one way. A tourist shuttle (¥10 return, hourly) leaves from the top of Tongjiang Jie (at the bus stop before the cable car to Sun Island) and does a loop to/from the park.