Ningbo Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 宁波 (níng bō)
Location: Lying in the east of Zhejiang, Ningbo sits at the mid-point of the Chinese coastline, towards the south of the Yangtze Delta. It covers an area of 9365 square kilometers (3616 square miles), of which 1033 square kilometers (399 square miles) constitutes the city's bustling urban centre.
Area: 3,730 square kilometers (1,440 square miles)
City Flower: Camellia
City Tree: Camphor tree
Administrative Division: 6 districts (Haishu, Jiangbei, Beilun, Zhenhai, Yinzhou, Fenghua); 2 counties (Xiangshan, Ninghai); 2 county-level cities (Yuyao, Cixi)
Ningbo is a city with strong Buddhist connections boasting a number of visually-impressive, historical temples.
Ashoka Temple: The 1700 year-old Asoka Temple houses the rare Buddhist relics of Sakyamuni, who is the founder of Buddhism.
Tiantong Temple: With a history of over 1600 years, it is renowned for its fantastic scenery and subtle architectural style.
Baoguo Temple: It boasts one of the best-preserved wooden structures of its type in the country.
Season-specific resorts such as the Tianhe Scenic Area in Tiantai Mountain and Xuedou Mountain Scenic Area in Xikou-Tengtou Tourist Area cater for the summer season, while resorts such as the Nanxi Hot Springs are suited more to winter visits. However, to the north of the city run a series of beautiful lakes, including the Dongqian Lake, the West Lake and the Tai Lake, which are perfect for year-round visits. There are other attractions such as Tianyi Pavilion and Yandang Mountain worth your visit.
Located at the southwest of Ningbo City, Lishe International Airport (NGB) began serving the public in 1990 and has developed into an important air hub in east China. It is about 11 kilometers (6.8 kilometers) away from the urban area. Presently, many flights operate here, connecting the city with destinations both at home and abroad including Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing, Kunming and Shenzhen. There is one railway station in the city for passenger transport: Ningbo Railway Station. Besides, there are convenient coaches, ferries, city-buses, subways and taxis to get around the city.
Due to its location in the coastal region, an area with a subtropical monsoon climate, the region is subject to temperate and humid weather. The mean annual temperature is 16.2C (61.16F). The region has four distinct seasons which guarantee visitors a different holidaying experience depending on the time of year they visit.
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History: As one of China's oldest cities, the city has witnessed the rise and fall of numerous dynasties. It also represents the birthplace of Hemudu Culture, which itself has a history of over 7000 years. These early civilizations lived and thrived in the area, and have contributed greatly to make the city what it is today; an economically-developed, modern city with a profound cultural foundation. It has been an important port city for foreign trade since the Song Dynasty (960-1279). After the Opium War (1840-1842), it became one of the top-five ports in China, successfully utilizing its favorable location for water transport. Today, despite its well-developed economy and infrastructure, it remains surrounded by charming natural scenery.
Handicrafts: Although the city is striving towards modernization, the passion of the local people for producing traditional handicrafts remains undiminished. Hand-plaited bamboo vases, screens and animal figurines are particularly popular. The ancient Gu Mu Xiangqian, bamboo root carving and bamboo sculpture all reveal the local characters of craft.