Shanghai Natural Wild Insect Kingdom
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1 Fenghe Lu, near Binjiang Dadao
HOURS: Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
METRO: Lujiazui (Line 2)
As soon as you glimpse the giant Disney and Warner characters that welcome guests into the Wild Insect Kingdom, you know you’re in for an interesting couple of hours. More of a menagerie than an insect museum, this place has turtles, butterflies, goats, rabbits, and even owls.
The insect part is dispensed with pretty early on, after a foray through an oddly antiquated “jungle” greenhouse flanked with sorry-looking lizards and spiders in tanks. The real fun starts once you get into the museum proper.
There’s a mock up of a rainforest, a petting zoo with hamsters and guinea pigs (and a rogue goat or two), and a whole room devoted to gorgeous neon Lepidoptera. It’s not your average museum, and that’s what makes it so much fun.
© Susie Gordon from Moon Beijing & Shanghai, 2nd Edition