Posted by Harry Fozzard

Whether you are in Shenzhen for an extended stay or will just need to spend 24 hours of your Hong Kong visa, one of the many places you can drop by to is the Shenzhen Safari Park. Answer the call of the wild with over 300 species of wild animals found and about 1,000 of these animals freely roaming around the park. In fact, it is one of the first zoo parks in China to let animals live outside cages.

The park is located in the northern area of the tiny town of Shenzhen. The area itself is a place for nature lovers. Aside from wild animals, plants and flowers are also seen within the vast park vicinity. The nearby Lake Xili brings additional delight to anyone on a nature trip.

The park is divided into different areas wherewith the same species can be found. Wild beasts are located in one zone. Here you can find lions, cheetah, bears, wolves, and many others. It also includes species of tigers such as the south and north China tigers, Siberian tigers, and the Bengal tiger which is also called the white tiger. The Chinese liger Hillfeatures the ligers, a cross breed between a female lion and male tiger. Another area within the park is the vegetarian section. Animals found in this zone are vegetarian. Some of which include pandas, kangaroos, giraffes, zebras, camels, hippopotamuses, flamingoes, cranes, and swans.

Also located in the northern area of Shenzhen is the Fairy Lake Botanical Gardens. The garden of 590 hectares in diameter features over 3,000 species of plants, 60 of which are bamboos and almost 200 are considered as endangered plant species. The gardens are categorized into nine different themes. One of which include a shady area which displays more than 1,000 species of shady plants and flowers.

A tree which Deng Xiaoping had planted is also a center of interest in the garden. Xiaoping was known for reforms which had made this little town of Shenzhen a successful business and tourist attraction. Also seen in the gardens is the Hong Fa temple. It is the largest Buddhist temple found in the area.

For further reading:

Parks and Gardens in Shenzhen: Outdoor Fun at Its Best