Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Mountain Village

Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Mountain Village

Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Mountain Village by Josh. Sourced via Flickr under Creative Commons Attribution License.

I found this zoo on the Guilin city website and thought it would fill the morning before going to the airport. My tour guide had never been there before either. The zoo has a large collection of bears and tigers in several large enclosures. The animals do seem well enough looked after. However the visitors are not. The zoo is dilapidated. Clearly no maintenance has been done for years. Bear concrete walls, rough paths with weeds growing in them and rust on everything metallic. The zoo looks like something from 1950's Russia, and that is cause it probably is. Quite possibly the most depressing zoo you will ever go to. And then you go to the circus show. Tigers jumping through hoops and standing on chairs and the famous walking bear straight out of an animal rights campaign advert. Probably best avoided until they renovate the site.

Map showing location of Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Mountain Village

Above: Location of Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Mountain Village in Guilin, Guangxi, China