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Written by Noruma Mueller
When I hear the word safari I think of people inside of a jeep somewhere in Africa. And of course those people are carrying binoculars in order to be able to see the animals which are some kilometre away. Because you can not come very close to the animals, can you?

Well two weeks ago I went to Qinling, the Wild Animal Park of Xi’an. I must confess that I had never heard of it before and so I thought I was going to the zoo. Georg told my that it is like a safari and I thought he surely must be joking! Because we have the Xi’an card, we paid only half price. The woman in the ticket office explained me that there are tree kinds of vehicles to go around the park. The big bus is mianfeide (for free). The xiaoche and another kind of vehicle which were not mianfeide...

I was kind of surprised to see people queuing to enter the big park buses. Not because of the queue but because it was a really big bus. Like the buses you use to travel from one city to another. Not the small little buses you see in the museums.

But that was nothing compared to the vehicles parking on the right. Big trucks which had been changed to be like a cage. (See picture) They were decorated with big posters of lions...

Eating bloody meat!

I was very amused about the cars until I realised that my husband wanted us to go with one of them. But is not the other way around? Should not be the animals in the cage? But OK! How to say no, when you see your husband is as happy as a little child with a new toy?

We went inside and waited until there were enough passengers to start. The girl taking the tickets went inside and closed the door. And at this time although we had not even started i had my first adrenaline shot! She had a special guest with her. I am not going to tell every detail here because otherwise I will spoil the surprise...

The car started and we passed through many big free areas in which the animals were moving freely. They could come as close to us as they wanted and some of them did. I bet I will never get closer to a tiger or to a lion. And it was also funny as one big bear was seating in the middle of the street so that we had to wait for a while to continue.

In one of the areas with the less dangerous animals people were allowed to go out and feed the animals.

The car brought us back safe again! And I was kind of thrilled! I took a lot of pictures but what is a picture of a lion compared whit the lion itself some 50 centimetre away from you?

So if you want your own Xi’an safari experience I recommend you to visit the wild animal park and to take the cage like car. Try to seat close to the girl of the tickets. So you can enjoy the complete show!

Address and Contact

Qin2Ling3 Ye3Sheng1 Dong4Wu4Yuan2
秦岭 野生 动物园 (Qinling Wild Animal Park)

Phone: 029-85670040

How to get there

It is the last stop of the bus line 游9

If you start your voyage in the gao Xin Area:
From Gaoxin take the bus 324路 which goes the Gaoxin 4 Lu to the south. Go out in the Wen2Guo2Bao3 (温国堡) station and take the 游9.

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Photos by Noruma Mueller

Our valuable Editor Noruma Mueller has been with us since Sunday, 02 August 2009.

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0 #2 Pipix 2009-09-10 02:45
Great review!!!!! I womnder if i can get there one day..
0 #1 michael 2009-09-07 22:49
very nice thanks

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