Ningbo is located in the east of Zhejiang province, towards the south of the Yangtze River Delta. Ningbo is one China's oldest cities, and has witnessed the rise and fall of numerous dynasties. It also represents the birthplace of Hemudu Culture. Neighboring Shanghai, Ningbo is also a city opens to foreign countries, specifically designed in the state plan and enjoys provincial first-class economic management authority. Ningbo is an important economic center city and base for heavy and chemical industries on the south wing of the Yangtze River Delta, a significant industrial city in East China and an economic center in Zhejiang Province. With so many favorable elements, Ningbo is a worth to visit. The city enjoys wonderful natural and cultural landscapes and now has 11 national historic reservations and 225 historic and cultural preservation units.
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Best Season of Ningbo Tour
Ningbo has a subtropical monsoon climate, and the weather is always warm and moist. Spring and autumn is short, while summer and winter are long in Ningbo. The rainy season is during May to June. The temperature is moderate while the humidity is quite high. In September, typhoons are frequent. Due to its pleasant weather from January to December, it is suitable for tourist all year round in Ningbo. Travelers can experience the real south Chinese climate and life style in Ningbo in any season, any time.
Time Zone: East 8 time zone
Clothes and other Staffs to Pack
Spring in Ningbo is changeable since the hot air and cold air join at the middle and lower parts of Yangtze River. Take long-sleeves, jeans and jacket for spring is okay. Summer in Ningbo is hot. T-shirt, shorts and pants could be worn and better wear sunglasses and hats to prevent the sunshine. Autumn is cool, but not very cold still. Wear the clothes same with spring will be fine. Winter in Ningbo is cold and snows occasionally, take warm clothes like down jacket and sweater to keep warm. Hat, scarf and gloves are recommended to wear in winter.
Accommodation of Ningbo Tour
Many hotels with star rating could be found in Ningbo city. Hotels are scattered in the city center and scenic spots area, the best location among them is the Haishu District which is near the Tianyi Square and Town God’s Temple area. Hotels from five stars to budget hostels are all available in Ningbo. All the hotels include some budget hotels are completely facilitated and with elegant designation, even you are stay in a small hotel the services will also be great. It is recommended that visitors make reservation in advance in the tourist season.
Traffic: Ways to Get in Ningbo
--Lishe International Airport is located in the southwest of Ningbo city, about eleven kilometers away from the urban area. The airport has opened up to Hong Kong, Seoul as well as dozens of large and medium cities in China like Shanghai, Beijing, Kunming and Shenzhen. There are shuttle buses runs between the airport and the city center of Ningbo. Passengers have much convenience to get in Ningbo by air.
--East Railway Station is located just in downtown area. At present, there are scheduled bullet trains from Ningbo East Railway Station to and from Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Xiamen, Fuzhou, Wenzhou and Nanjing. There are free shuttle buses from East Railway Station to Ningbo Passenger Transport Central Station and Ningbo South Bus Station.
--By water is another way to get in Ningbo. The Ningbo Port is located in the middle section of the mainland coastline of China. In the southeast of the Yangtze River delta, the Ningbo Port consists of seaports and river ports, mainly distributing in the Beilun Harbor Area, Daxiedao Harbor Area, Zhenhai Harbor Area, Chuanshan Harbor Area, Meishan Harbor Area and the Xiangshan Harbor Area. The port can supply a series of services, such as pilotage, water transport, reception for international seaman and ship repair.
Internal Transport: Travelers can get around in Ningbo by taxis and buses. There are about 260 bus lines in Ningbo. The earliest leaving time in the morning is during 05:00~07:00. The last bus leaves during 17:00~23:00. Tourist lines in Ningbo are No.238, No.371 and No.560. Travelers can take tourist bus to many scenic spots in Ningbo city. As for taxi, there are over 3000 taxies in Ningbo City, and they are divided into two categories: the standard category and the deluxe category. It is convenient to get around by taxi in Ningbo.
Ningbo Tour Tips
Time: Better avoid the period from May 1 to May 7 and October 1 to October 7 because there is long national vacation in China, it will be so crowd in Ningbo and also all around the nation, so pick a good time outside that.
Food: Ningbo food is belonging to Zhejiang cuisine. The food is and the original taste and flavor of food. Frying and steaming are the mainly cook style of the food. Lying near the sea, Ningbo has access to abundant sea products. Hence, seafood, especially fish, is preferred in the local cuisine. The ten famous dishes of Ningbo include Steamed Turtle in Crystal Sugar Soup, Dry Fried River Eel, Bean Curd Skin Roll with Yellow Croaker, Fried Lichen Cubes, Fired Rooster, Steamed Pork Wrapped in Lotus Leaf, Braised Yellow Croaker, Goose Liver with Lard, Yellow Croaker Fish Maw, as well as the Yellow Croaker with Preserved Vegetables. Moreover, there are many tasty snacks, such as Ningbo Rice Glue Ball, Ningbo Pastries, puff pastry, and Ningbo Rice Cake.
--Here are some recommend restaurants:
Sunward Fishery Restaurants (No.236, Caihong Road, Jiangdong District)
Shipu Restaurant (No.298, Kaiming Street, Haishu District)
Ningbo Jujubetree Vegetarian Restaurant (No.16 Liuting Street, Haishu District)
Water: Tap water in the hotel could not be drink directly.
·What to buy?
Ningbo’s past importance on the Marine Silk Road Route made it an important trading hub and an ideal place for shopping. Today, it is a fashionable modern city with many traditional cultural elements. Ningbo boasts a variety of handicrafts and antiques, such as Gu Mu Xiangqian sculptures, Xiangshan Bamboo Root carvings, Ming mats, Fanhuang bamboo sculptures, and Ningbo gold and silver embroidery.
·Where to buy?
The most bustling blocks for shopping in Ningbo lie along Zhongshan Road, South Jiefang Road, Kaiming Road and Dongmen Kou, whereas numerous refreshment rooms surround the antique Chenghuang Temple. It is often more intriguing to visit the ancient buildings along the Drum-Tower Walking Street and the antique Markets around Fan Residence, where various antiques are sold. Tianyi Plaza is one of Ningbo's most comprehensive shopping malls.
--Here are the exact addresses of some shopping places:
Intime Department Store (No.188, Zhongshan Road, Haishu District)
Ningbo New World Department Store (No.137, Zhongshan East Road, Haishu District)
Jinguang Department Store (Jiangdong North Road, Jiangdong District)
Ningbo Changfa Plaza (No.151 East Zhongshan Road)
Hualian Plaza (East Zhongshan Road)
Festivals and Customs
·Ningbo International Fashion Fair is held in October 21st every year. The festival is a certified A-level exhibition by Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, and one of the most influential expos in China. It serves as part of Ningbo International Fashion Festival. Ningbo International fashion Festival has become an opening window for the release of the latest trend in the garment and fashion industry.
·China Ningbo International Housing Expo is held in October 29th. The 4-day exposition serves as a review of the housing industry over the past year. There is an exhibition area of 55,000 square meters, and 3300 exhibition booths, more than 4,000 varieties of products. Thousands of housing companies at home and abroad would attend the colorful occasion.People can see much furniture, building energy efficiency, windows pipes, ceramic sanitary ware and others here.
Recreation in Ningbo
Recreation ways in Ningbo is various. Except go sightseeing, travelers can also enjoy the shows and performance in Ningbo Grand Theater and Ningbo Yifu Theater. Modern entertainment ways are also available; bars, clubs and cinemas could be found in Ningbo city. Here are some nice places for fun to recommend:
A8 Music Club (No.158, Kaiming Street, Haishu District)
Half Past Eight Club (12F, Gate of No.7, Tianyi Square)
LBB Beer House (LBB Beer House)
Bourbon Street (No.5, 68 Lane, Zhongma Road, Lao Waitan)
Coco Banana Bar (No.1, Jiangdong North Road, Jiangdong District)
Must-see Attractions of Ningbo Tour
Baoguo Temple: Baoguo Temple is located on Lingshan Mouantin of Ningbo. It is one of the oldest and best-preserved wooden Buddhist buildings with a unique design and impressive stature. The temple was built in Eastern Han Dynasty, Its name “Baoguo” originates from a horizontal board inscribed with the word “Baoguo”, given to the temple by the emperor Xizong of Tang Dynasty. The complex building of the Baoguo Temple is composed of the Celestial Kings Hall, the Grand Hall, the Master Monk Hall, East and West Adjacent Rooms, Bell Tower, Drum Tower, as well as the Depositary of the Buddhist Sutra. Baoguo Temple is of high historic, artistic and scientific value. If you have the chance, do not miss the chance to discover this unique place when you are in Ningbo.
Tianyi Pavilion: The Pavilion is lies beside Ming Lake in Ningbo city. It is the oldest private library in existence in China. The library has amassed a collection of 300,000 volumes, 80,000 of which are rare books. From the books and steles kept in the library, information on the education, economic development, literary and revolutionary history of Ningbo City can be learnt.
Tianfeng Pagoda: The Pagoda is located in Danisha Street in Haishu District of Ningbo city. Tianfeng Pagoda is the tallest ancient construction in Ningbo City, and has become a local landmark in the city. The hexagonal building was originally built in 695 in the Tang Dynasty. Today this exquisite and solemn tower is famous for its long history, architectural value and ancient artifacts. Many precious cultural relics were unearthed at the ’Underground Palace’ of Tianfeng Pagoda including bronze dagoba, silver ingots, silver pagodas, bronze coins, bronze boxes, and a priceless silver palace model covered with gold. This artwork is of great help in studying the art of building and industrial arts of the Song Dynasty, being listed as an “Exceptional Example of Chinese Culture”.
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