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Polar Ocean World

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Address: No.73 Donghai East Road, Laoshan District, Qingdao 266061, China
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+86 532 8099 9777
08:00 - 17:30
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My family went to Polar Ocean World for my son's second birthday. he LOVED it! He stood at all the tanks and watched the animals swim back and forth and play in the water. For... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2016
Justin E
Qingdao, China

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Shanghai, China
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 March 2017

I recently visited polar ocean world and I was upset to see the conditions the animals were living in, as the enclosures were not big enough for most of the animals, particularly the polar bears and wolves. They had barely enough room to move around. Please consider what you are contributing towards before visiting here.

Thank em952017
Qingdao, China
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43 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Don't support this attraction. It is a poorly maintained crowded day of setting animals live in less than acceptable conditions.

Thank Dustin D
Qingdao, China
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73 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2016

My family went to Polar Ocean World for my son's second birthday. he LOVED it! He stood at all the tanks and watched the animals swim back and forth and play in the water. For adults, it's quite limited. There are some food choices inside, but they didn't look overly appealing. We spent about 2 hours here. We could have... More 

1 Thank Justin E
Houston, Texas
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50 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2016

There aren't a lot of places like this for families to take kids in Qingdao. It's a bit depressing to see how the animals are treated and housed. It makes American zoos look like animal palaces. The animals are in distress here; you see wild animals confined in small places, going crazy. Having said that, there was a dolphin show... More 

Thank ajp1216
Tianjin, China
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75 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2016

Seems like this aquarium had more places to eat and buy souvenirs than see animals and fish. Plus, I felt sorry for the animals as they were enclosed in rooms that were too small for them and not very much imagination to them. Also, the show at the end was mediocre. You can't fully rely on the animals to perform... More 

Thank Mike M
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42 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

Ocean world or Aquarium may be similar wordwide. If you have been these places in other cities, you may not find something fresh there. The services of staffs there were good.

Thank AudreyCccBuTTerFLY
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126 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2015 via mobile

Good amount of sea creatures and few polar bear. Must see if traveling with kids. No comparison with ocean world Hongkong Dolphins show.

Thank Pawan G
Paris, France
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89 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2015 via mobile

Very mediocre place. The show is alright but some animals look really depressed (especially the wolves, held in a 30 sq.m. room!!). Some rooms are beautiful, like the fish rooms. Some other rooms looked weird (like that huge viking-themed room). Overall, the animals deserve better treatment. Went there for a child. I also condemn the pet shop that sells turtles... More 

Thank PavoCristatus
Boston, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2015

We went in the summer and this place is very small and extremely packed back-to-back. All is enclosed and there is only one way all the way through. Often, you get pushed forward. Not much to see at all. The show was a tease but was fully packed with people and even the stairways were full, definitely out of fire... More 

Thank T L
Singapore, Singapore
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2015

The ocean world is a hugely popular tourist attraction and decent enough to visit if in Qingdao with children and nothing to do. I went to see the Polar Bear but that guy was fast asleep in one corner of his space and all I could glimpse was a leg (or was it a hand?!)! The Sea Animals show was... More 

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