Ningbo is located in Zhejiang Province on the south shore of Hangzhou Bay, opposite Shanghai. Nearly 7000 years old, populated with over seven million people and covering 9,000 sq km, Ningbo is a rapidly growing city. Ranked 6th in Forbes’ list of the top cities for business in China, it’s a thriving blend of enterprise, culture, education, tradition and entertainment.
The city’s excellent transport links mean that Ningbo is easy to explore and an ideal base from which to visit China and Asia. With a busy, modern airport (with international connections), an extensive city bus system and a fast-modern rail network, it’s easy to travel locally, nationally and internationally.
Ningbo offers the opportunity to feel at home among an array of international shopping outlets, restaurants, clubs and bars, while hosting international sports and music events. It also provides the chance to embrace culture and tradition. Temples and intricate streets house markets selling a variety of antiques, textiles and delicious Ningbo cuisine. National and local festivities flaunt the delights of Chinese culture while many of the museums and exhibitions represent the city’s historic past and innovative future.
The city is a unique mix of modern skyscrapers and traditional architecture, which complement stunning parkland and scenic spots. Dining out is about making decisions about whether to eat Italian, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Brazilian or Chinese! The choice is endless with new restaurants and cafes opening weekly.
Luxury brands, international outlets and high-street chains complement authentic markets, making Ningbo a shopper’s delight.
Ningbo’s diverse markets are perfect for bargain hunters whilst an increasing number of supermarkets stock a range of international products. Whether you’re shopping for food, homeware or clothing you’ll find a range of shops to accommodate your taste.
The expansion and growth of the city means that new shopping malls are opening frequently with some, like the Wanda World Shopping Mall, which is close to campus, good for restaurants, a cinema, supermarket plus many international clothing brands.
Ningbo offers a wide variety of museums, temples, art galleries and historical relics to explore. With a history of over 7000 years you can expect to uncover an array of fascinating culture and history, including the Tianyi Library Museum (built in 1561), Ningbo Museum ( it’s architect Wang Shu was awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 2012), Tiantong Temple and Forest (one of China’s largest Buddhist temple complexes) and Hemudu Relic (the birth place of Ningbo).
If you want to visit the theatre then the Ningbo Grand Theatre is an option. A large modern performing arts centre it features traditional and modern performing arts. The Ningbo Concert Hall is good for enjoying world-class musical performances whilst the Yifu Theatre is more traditional offering Chinese Opera
“Ningbo, especially the area around UNNC has developed so quickly! International cuisines are very affordable, readily available and eating out is a delight. We have great amenities ranging from international supermarkets to global stores catering to our daughters’ needs, such as Mothercare and Toys R Us, right at our doorsteps!”
Dean of Graduate School
Professor in International Relations
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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