The city's main attraction and a huge source of pride, the Tian Yi Library is the oldest one of its kind in China. The library complex contains multiple historic artifacts and is a pleasure to simply walk around and admire the ancient building while strolling through tranquil gardens and courtyards.
Moon Lake, in the south-west of Ningbo, was first turned into a cultural and academic center during the Song and Yuan Dynasties. Nowadays it is the main recreation area for many locals who come to play chess, practice the martial art of Tai Chi, dance or just enjoy the beautiful views.
The Drum Tower, which constructed during the Tang Dynasty, is the only remaining ruin of an old city gate tower in Ningbo. At the top, there is a six meter high bell tower added in the Republic period. Around the base of the tower, there are old-style houses that have been restored.
The Catholic Church in the south of Tianyi Square was built in 1702 by a French missionary. This classical Gothic-style cathedral consists of a hall (31 meters in height) and two bell towers that are 66 meters high. The building and nearby area are often used as a backdrop for wedding photographs.
The Old Bund has witnessed the development of Ningbo as a port city, with English, French, German and Dutch-style architecture evoking memories of the 30's and 40's in this cosmopolitan hub. There are a number of evening venues in the area, most operating during the summer months.
For a scenic day trip, head to Yushan Island, a beautiful and secluded formation. Tourist infrastructure is little developed here, with a few resorts and a picturesque lighthouse set against the backdrop of crystal-blue sea water. During night, you can look at the sky and even see the magical blue tears, the mysterious blue lights spotted along Yushan Island.
This Buddhist Temple, which sets in a hilly area about an hour long bus trip away from Ningbo city, is a perfect venue for a day trip. Hiking uphill is a pleasant experience with the clarity of the air, scenic views, and multiple smaller temples along the way.
This seafood restaurant enjoys a spotless reputation in Ningbo, and some say it even makes the cut as one of the top contenders for best seafood restaurant nationwide. Take a pick from the display on ice and have your favorite seafood dish freshly prepared within minutes.
Located in a renovated ancient Chinese mansion, Feast Modern Restaurant offers local fare with a sophisticated twist. The menu is in Chinese, but very well-illustrated. This one is, indeed, a dining experience rather just a meal - all in a 20th century Shanghai-style interior.
An incredibly popular Indian eatery, Ganesha serves curries and fresh, fluffy Naan bread that keeps patrons coming back for more. Do not be put off by the modest interior - appearance matters little once you discover the famously delicious meals and incredible friendliness of the staffs.
With its four locations around town, Grandma's Home is a must-visit eatery serving authentic Chinese fare. You will be served with a wide variety of Chinese cuisine such as Mapo tofu. Be aware that the menu is only in Chinese so better to go with a Chinese person who can order for you.
ZaoZiShu serves vegan and vegetarian cuisine, that are varied compared to other vegetarian restaurants. It is a good place for those with a carnivorous persuasion to give plant-based foods a chance. You will find ZaoZiShu very easily as it is located in the old town of Ningbo.
With some of the best Turkish food in Ningbo, Mevlana is a reputable restaurant serving a variety of hot and cold mezze, kebab, pide, hummus, salads and many more delicious staples of Mediterranean and Turkish cuisine. Please keep in mind that alcohol is not served.
In Ningbo, Tangtuan (stuffed dumplings made of rice flour served in soup) is served for breakfast on the first day of Lunar New Year; Guang Ya Gou is said to be the best place for Tangtuan in town. There are various stuffings, like sesame, sweet osmanthus, shrimp, ham, meat, egg yolk and more.
This spacious, airy establishment is known for the quirky way of marking tables - instead of numbers, guests get to have their very own stuffed teddy bears. The café serves various treats - waffles and toast, as follows from the name, but also sandwiches, ice creams, fruit salads and drinks.
At night, head to the popping riverside area of Laowaitan. It is packed with restaurants, bars and nightlife venues to the brim - establishments dot the neighborhood, and one is never too far away from a watering hole. Locals, expats and tourists all flock here after sundown.
This Irish pub has been around since 2006 and attracts both locals and tourists. The lively and happy atmosphere invites people from all around the world to a beer and a chat with new friends. If you are hungry, grab a bite to eat from their menu with sandwiches, burgers, pizza and fries.
The Candles Bar, a very western bar in the heart of Ningbo's nightlife district. Elegant drinks (champagne and cocktails) are served and accompanied by a great range of choices including wings, waffle fries and popcorn chicken. Looking for even more options? Here you can find steaks, burgers, pizza, pasta, salads and a whole Thai menu. The wide variety of food will never disappoint you.
Called the Saloon of Ningbo, Tianyi Square is one of the busiest places and most fashionable shopping district of the city. Here you can find boutiques, restaurants, coffee bars and entertainment centers. The Square's series of fountains lights up at night, making for a majestic outdoor show.
Wanda Plaza is comprised of shopping malls with both local and western stores such as Walmart, a great variety of restaurants mostly fast food, as well as entertainment destinations. Don't hesitate to go with family. The vast shopping options are for all needs no matter what age you are.
There are multiple INtime shopping center branches throughout Ningbo, the most well-visited one located in one of the city's busiest areas - the Tianyi Square. With a multitude of stores and boutiques, these shopping centers are an one-stop location for all one's shopping needs.
Located right by the Drum Tower, Gu Lou is a traditional commercial street with multiple small shops selling various knick knacks, art works, leather goods, and local snacks like traditional roasted chestnuts. Chinese lanterns linger from the sky as local cafés invite shoppers for a quick break.
Located in the city's most scenic area by the Moon Lake and the Yuehu Park, the Yuehu Shing Park Plaza is an area crowded with small specialty shops and boutiques, as well as a variety of eateries, cafés and tea houses - most in beautiful, traditional Chinese buildings.
Only citizens of Japan, Singapore, Brunei, San Marino, Mauritius, the Seychelles and the Bahamas are allowed to visit Ningbo without obtaining a visa. All other nationalities are required to apply for a visa. Moreover, your passport must be valid for at least six months after the expiry date of your visa (nine months for a double-entry visa) and you will need at least one entire blank page in your passport for the visa. For children under the age of 18, a parent must sign the application form on their behalf. The visa application process requires you to provide the following: 1. If you will stay in hotel A copy of flight confirmation showing onward or return travel for double-entry visas, flight confirmation showing all dates of entry and exit, and confirmation from the hotel. 2. If you will stay with friends or relatives A copy of the information page of their passport, a copy of their China visa and a letter of invitation from them. As of 2018, prices for a standard single-entry 30-day visa were as follows: For UK citizens: UK£85 For US citizens: US$140 For citizens of other nations: US$40 Double-entry visas: For UK citizens: UK£85 For US citizens: US$140 For citizens of other nations: US$60
Ningbo Lishe International Airport is situated 12 km away from the downtown area of Ningbo. It takes 10 to 30 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. Taxis from the airport are very affordable, and depart directly from outside the terminal. Bus service to the city is provided with multiple stops, but only departs several times a day. It is also possible to take the subway to town with Line 2 which connects the airport to Qingshuipu via Ningbo Railway Station and Drum Tower.
The easiest way to get around the city is by car but if you prefer public transport there are several bus lines operating in Ningbo. Be aware that stops are neither marked nor announced in English. Bus lines most used by visitors are: 238 - stopping at Liang-Zhu Cultural Park, Tianyi Pavilion, Moon Lake Park and Fan's Residence 371 - stopping at Zhaobao Shan, South Street, Zhenhai Station, Ningbo University and Tianyi Pavilion 560 - stopping at Nanzhan West Road, South Station, the 1st Hospital and Tianfeng Pagoda and Ming Yuan There are also currently 2 subway lines in Ningbo. Line 2 connects the airport to Qingshuipu via Ningbo Railway Station and Drum Tower.
There are several pharmacies in Ningbo while one of the big chains is Nepstar, some of the addresses are as follows: Jiangdong District Address: No.218 Songjia Alley Yinzhou District Address: Lianhong Road Haishu District Address: No.29 Tiyuchang Road No.625 Zhenming Road No.137 Jiefang South Road