Ningbo is one of eastern China's
most important port cities and a famous cultural and
historical site. It's also a popular destination for
tourists, both from China and overseas. The
surrounding area is known for its spectacular
scenery and mountains, forests, beaches, lakes, and
waterfalls are all within easy reach of the city.
Visit Xanxi Hot Springs or explore the
Xikou-Xuedoushan Scenic Area and the hometown of
Ningbo is the perfect relaxation spot too. The city's name means 'tranquil waves' and there are dozens of upscale spa resorts offering water-based therapies and traditional care and beauty treatments. Or, head to Moon Lake in the south of the city and join friendly locals for Tai Chi or yoga. Foodies will adore Ningbo. The region even has its own style of cuisine - Yongbang dishes are fresh and salty whereby meat and seafood are steamed, stewed, or roasted. You can try some of the best at Seafood Street or Shipu Seafood Corridor on Xinhua Road.
What to do in Ningbo
Set in gorgeous gardens, China's most ancient private library beckons to tourists from far and wide. This 16th-century building houses tens of thousands of rare books, and is a relic in itself. Fascinating documents, manuscripts and steles are on display, with many more available for viewing in the reading room. Take some time to appreciate the time-worn building, full of signs of the history chronicled in its collection of books, and don't forget to enjoy the landscape.
2. Tiantong Temple (天童禅寺)
On the slope of a mountain outside the city, this expansive Buddhist site is one of the most important in China. The temple complex goes on and on, boasting hundreds of rooms. The Tiantong Forest is the perfect setting for this peaceful place, and wandering the woods brings you past small pavilions and scenic outlooks to complete the experience. The serenity that comes with the exploration of these thousand-year old grounds stays with you even after you've gone.
3. Ningbo Old Bund (老外滩)
Ningbo Old Bund in the downtown is even 20 years older than the Bund in Shanghai. A series of buildings of western styles were gradually set up after the Opium War, so you can appreciate the beautiful historic buildings with Chinese and Western features and spend leisure time in the bars and restaurants.
4. Ningbo Museum (宁波博物馆)
Ningbo Museum, officially opened to the public at the end of 2008, was designed by the famous designer Wang Shu, who is the first Chinese citizen to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Therefore, besides the rich collection of historical relics and local culture, the building itself is also one of the biggest highlights of the museum.
5. Dongqian Lake: "East Lake" (东钱湖)
Since ancient times, this lake has been a famous scenic spot for locals, who know must share it with the growing flow of tourists. The enormous, fresh-water spectacle stretches out before you, serene and perfect. Mountains emerge from the lake shore in every direction, creating magnificent folds in the supple landscape. Walk the area to discover stone carvings and ancient monuments between the gorgeous lookout points that abound.
Ningbo Transportation: How to Get to Ningbo
Ningbo Lishe International Airport (宁波栎社国际机场) about 12 km from the downtown is the only airport in this city, which has many daily flights between Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Kunming, Zhengzhou, Changsha, Chongqing, Shenzhen, etc. Also, international flights from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Singapore, Jeju Island, Osaka, etc. are available for you to get to Ningbo.
Besides, you can first take a flight to Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (杭州萧山国际机场) in Hangzhou city, about 130 km away, and transfer to Ningbo by other vehicles.
You can take a bullet train from Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Hangzhou, Guiyang, Chongqing, Nanjing, Zhengzhou, Xiamen, Fuzhou, Nanchang, Tianjin, Shenzhen, Wenzhou, Wuhan, etc. to get to Ningbo. Besides, fast trains from Chengdu, Guangzhou and other cities to Ningbo are also available.
Ningbo Railway Station (宁波站) usually for bullet train is located at the downtown area and you can transfer to your hotel or attractions by car, taxi or the Subway Line 2.