Qingdao Polar Ocean World is a type of aquarium, or “ocean park”, located along the coast of Qingdao. It is composed of the Polar Ocean Animals Museum, Ocean Technology Museum, Bars and Catering street, sea view shops, four-star sea view hotel and fisherman’s wharf. It has the largest ocean theater which accommodates 2800 audiences. Whales, dolphins, sea lions and walrus perform together. Although we have been living in Qingdao for over three years, this was our visit to Polar Ocean World. We assumed that Elijah was not yet ready for this sort of experience, but a couple of weeks before his birthday he showed great interest in a large fish tank at a restuarnt. That was when we decided that he would probably enjoy a trip to an aquarium, and his birthday seemed like the perfect day for that!
Polar Ocean World houses bottle-nose dolphins, California sea lions and harbor seals as well as over 10,000 ornamental fish in fresh and salt water aquariums. There are also white whales, sharks, polar bears, walruses, sea lions, king penguins. and arctic wolves to be seen. Eli stopped at the very first window, put both of his hands on the glass, and stared at the whales in absolute amazement!
We didn’t have very high expectants for Polar Ocean World, and of course, it was VERY Chinese. By that I mean that much of the decor was over the top, very cheesy, and not very well maintained. Thankfully we have been to a number of Chinese attractions, so we knew roughly what to expect. This is a nice spot for a day out with the kids, but rather over-priced and could definitely use a make-over! Nevertheless, as we always do, we had a wonderful time with our little man, and we were thrilled to see him in awe of the whales, seals, penguins and dolphins.
At the bottom of this post we have included some information on Polar Ocean World.
Above, there he is with his hands on the glass of the first tank. He was so freaking happy! We had to drag him away from that glass window, because he had no idea that there was PLENTY more to see.
We bought Elijah a long flashy – and very noisy – toy, from one of the toy counters. From that point on he ran around swinging it like he was having the happiest day of his life! Below you can see the toy in his hand.
We snacked on some half sweet Chinese popcorn.
Below, at one of the fish tanks, you can buy small baby bottles filled with fish food and then use them to feed the Koi fish. It seemed somewhat weird to us, but what the heck, everything is weird over here.
In one section of the ocean park, we found tanks of giant snails available for purchase. Each of them were a different bright color. Even after searching online, I found no concrete information about this. However, again, this is China, so we were not overly surprised by this weirdness. These snails were probably dyed to make them look cooler for kids.
We loved the walk-through tunnel section of Polar Ocean World, but unfortunately, so did MANY other people. In fact, they were all just sitting down on either side of the passage so there wasn’t much room to stop there. We did a quick walk through, stopped for a picture (above) and then moved on. A wonderful morning spent enjoying a new experience with our little boy on his birthday.
Qingdao Polar Ocean World
60 DongHai East Road
Telephone: +86 (532) 8099-9777; 8909-1111
Laoshan District > Sea Park Area
Qingdao, Shandong Province. P.R. China
青岛极地海洋世界, 东海东路60号, 中国山东省青岛市崂山区
Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Admission fee: 190 CNY adults
Children under 1.2m: FREE
How to get there: Buses No.11, 317, 501, 801
Closest Bus Stop: WangJia Maidao