Shanghai Ocean Aquarium SOA for short, comprising a built up area of 20,500 sq meters opened in 2002 to rave reviews and receives a million visitors a year since opening day. Situated in Lujiazui next to the famous Oriental Pearl Tower, SOA houses more than 450 aquatic species from five continents and four oceans. Visitors are introduced to the exhibits in 9 thematic zones that simulate the aquatic home environments of the various species and bringing forth the uniqueness of each region.
Leaving the river systems and freshwater aquatic species behind, visitors are transported all the way to the Antarctic Ocean and to the dark depths of the sea in the cold water and polar zones of the SOA to see the unique display of spotted seals and to travel on one of the world’s longest ‘travelators’ through underwater viewing tunnels to enjoy really close views of several large marine species such as sand tiger sharks, eagle rays, tawny nurse sharks and the giant grouper. The sea and shore display introduces visitors to marine life in the proximity of beaches. See horse shoe crabs that have been on earth for millions of years scuttle away along the sand, the giant Japanese spider crabs the largest of the crustaceans, weedy sea dragons fierce only in name and many species of sea horses.
This modern facility aims to educate and inform and address issues relating to improving the conditions of the earth’s oceans and river systems. The stunning exhibits and interactive programs bring home to viewers the importance of environment conservation and management.
In an iconic location right on the Bund, The Peninsula Shanghai does what it does bests, deliver luxurious comfort to the entire satisfaction of its many discerning guests. From the selection of spacious comfortable rooms and suites equipped with the latest in room technology and amenities targeting the comfort and convenience of guests to the selection of superb food and beverage and leisure options this Shanghai hotel is definitely one of the best places to stay to capture the essence of the city’s unique atmosphere and history. Featuring some of the most happening bars Shanghai, the hotel is known as one of the most ideal places for drinks and European cuisine in the city.