Ningbo Travel Guide

Ningbo Travel Guide

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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.

Population: 5,838,000
Area: 3,730 square kilometers (1,440 square miles)
Nationalities: Han
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.

 Other Buddhist temples in the city include the Qita Temple, the Tianfeng Pagoda and the Xiantong Pagoda.
The Tianwang Hall (Tianwang Dian) in Ningbo
Ashoka Temple
Tianyi Pavilion, Ningbo
Tianyi Pavilion

 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.

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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.

- Last modified on Oct. 17, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Ningbo Travel
Asked by Jes from SINGAPORE | Oct. 17, 2018 06:53Reply
I wish to visit Xuedou mountain and baoguo temple within 1 day. Is it possible?
I have checked some information for xuedou mountain. I can take a bus from south bus station near Ningbo railway station and will reach the town and transfer to their local bus to reach the mountain. I am only interested to visit the temple. There is a cable service which I presume it will reach the top to the temple and down to the ticket entrance and back to ningbo the same way. Is half day enough?
Once i reach the bus station. Is there any direct bus or metro line to baoguo temple in the bus station or can i take the metro line to reach baoguo temple in the afternoon?
Answers (1)
Answered by Eilene from USA | Oct. 17, 2018 19:53

Dear, to be honest, it is a little tight to visit in a day.
First, you'd better take the first bus at about 07:00 from South Bus Station to the Xikou Bus Station, taking about 60 minutes. Then take the local bus No.106/ 988 to Xuedou Mountain scenic area, about 30 minutes. Then take the green bus at tourist service bus to the Xuedou Temple and visit the temple, taking about 2 - 3 hours. Then back to to South Bus Station the same way at about 13:30.

Then take the bus No.501 and 332 to Baoguo Temple, taking about 2 hours. You may get to the temple at about 15:30 and then visit the temple for about 2 hours. At about 17:30, you need to take the bus No.332 or 338 back to the city and their last bus time is at about 18:00.
Asked by Anna from PHILIPPINES | Sep. 07, 2018 18:52Reply
From zhoushan bus station how to go to zhoushan port? And how far?
Answers (1)
Answered by David from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 10, 2018 01:03

If you go from Zhoushan Putuo Bus Station to the Banshengdong Port, it's about 7km and you can take Bus Line 6. It takes about 30 minutes.
Asked by Jes from SINGAPORE | Aug. 09, 2018 05:03Reply
I will stay in Ningbo for about 31/2 days
And am not sure whether I can visit the places within this time frame.
My plan is
1)Visit Putoshan and stay for a night cause I did not want to rush for a day as the last boat leave early.
2)To see the Xuedou Mount.(1/2 day enough?)
3)Asoke temple, Baoguo temple and other temple if possible within 1 day
4)Visit the Tianyi square and 'chenghuang' walking street.(1/2 day or night time).
I need recommendation of hotel 3-4 star that able to fit all the schedule.
I am checking 1 hotel: Holiyacht Kylie Hotel in Yinzhou district for 3 person which is not at the city center. Is this hotel able to allow me to access to all the places easily ?
Answers (3)
Answered by Nolan from NORWAY | Aug. 09, 2018 23:35

Yes, it is pretty close to a metro station and I think this is very convenient for you to visit these places.
Answered by William from INDONESIA | Aug. 16, 2018 01:58

For those three temples, it seems quite hard to catch, since those three temples is far from each other, i think if you get a little rush, you can get two places
Answered by tom from CHINA | Aug. 29, 2018 22:37

Teckon Ciel hotel on Middle Siming Road in Yinzhou is nice. I use it for all foreign friends who come to Ningbo. I agree with William those temples are pretty far away...but good luck...if you can, Tianyi library is close to Tianyi Square and one of the oldest libraries in china.
Asked by jes from SINGAPORE | Jun. 27, 2018 02:34Reply
I have to choose either October end or November end to visit Ningbo and 'Putoshan".
Need advise to choose which month is better in terms of weather, and better rate of hotel stay etc.
Will November end to cold to visit 'Putohan'.
Does any strong wind or typhoon occur during this 2 months? As the ferry might close due to
bad weather and I will miss my visit to Puotoshan.

Is there any store in ningbo which I can purchase a train ticket instead of buying in the train station.
Answers (1)
Answered by Jason from CANADA | Jun. 27, 2018 22:37

I think October end is better and it will be a little cold in November end. Strong wind or typhoon usually occurs in summer days. Yes, there are several stores in NB you can purchase a train ticket.
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