Ningbo Walking Tour, China’s Stunning Historical Coastal City | Zhejiang Province

Ningbo listed among top 10 ‘Chinese Cities of Opportunities’.

Ningbo is now a local commercial centre and a busy port for northeastern Zhejiang.

Ships of 3,000 tons can use the port, and there is regular passenger service to Shanghai. A large passenger terminal was built in 1979. A separate newer port, Beilun, east of the city on the southern coast of Hangzhou Bay, is now one of China’s largest deep-water seaports with container-handling facilities. Established in 1985, Beilun is now a district of Ningbo.

There are rail and expressway links with Shanghai via Hangzhou, and the new Hangzhou Bay Bridge (opened 2008) more directly links Ningbo to the Shanghai region; the bridge, 22 miles (36 km) in length, is one of the longest sea bridges in the world.

A Historic Port City & Waypoint to Mt. Putuo

Lying in the east of Zhejiang, Ningbo sits at the mid-point of the Chinese coastline, towards the south of the Yangtze Delta.

It is adjacent to Shaoxing to the west and Taizhou to the south.

The annual cargo throughput of Ningbo Zhoushan Port ranks first in the world, and the container volume ranks the top three.

For tourists, what is worth visiting is the cultural heritage deposited in the city.

First, pay a visit to Tianyi Pavilion, the oldest library in Asia. The Old Bund of Ningbo, a former foreign concession, has made an indelible mark on Ningbo.

Many old European-style buildings have been transformed into bars and restaurants.

Charming lakes in the North of the city are also ideal places for outdoor relaxation and cycling.

Visitors can also take a visit to Mt.Putuo, one of the four famous Buddhist mountains in China. It takes 1 hour and 40 minutes to there by car.

How to Get to Ningbo

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, metros and taxis to get around the city.

Silk Road via Sea

In the 1960s, some Japanese scholars raised the concept of the Silk Road via Sea. For, whether by sea or land, the Silk Road refers to the broader concept engaging in communication between the East and the West as in ancient times.

Today, many research institutes, museums and memorials have mushroomed along the sea routes of related countries or cities, and a number of well-organized activities have been held. Among the 102 historical and cultural cities in China, Guangzhou, Quanzhou and Ningbo are most famous for their deep involvement in the silk trade via sea.

Ningbo’s involvement with the Silk Road via Sea since ancient times has been evidenced. Artifacts from the Hemudu Culture site prove that the locals were quite active as navigators!

It is especially noteworthy that after the Tang and Song dynasties Ningbo became a key port for the exporting of chinaware, making itself as famous as Guangzhou, Yangzhou and Jiaozhou.

History has also recorded the communication between Ningbo and Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia in past centuries.

Ningbo is also the hub of a water-transportation network of coastal junk traffic and canals.

It is a collection centre for cotton and other agricultural produce of the plain, for the marine products of the local fisheries, and for timber from the mountains in the hinterland, and it is a major distribution centre for coal, oil, textiles, and consumer goods. In 1984 Ningbo was designated one of China’s “open” cities in the new open-door policy inviting foreign investment.


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0:00 Intro
1:45 Ningbo Tianyi Square Shopping Area
52:22 Nantang Historical Old Street
1:13:05 The Old Bund
1:37:29 Hanling Old Street
2:16:10 Central Downtown Area
3:17:05 Around Dongqian Lake
3:41:15 Europian Style Street


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