Check out our guide to life in Ningbo

Ningbo is one of China’s oldest cities. It lies between mountains to the south west and the East China Sea and Hangzhou Bay to the east and north respectively. This dynamic port city’s name literally means “serene waves”. Its thriving export industry dates back to the 7th century but these days Ningbo is a major exporter of food, electrical goods, textiles, and industrial tools. Most Chinese know Ningbo best for its abundance of seafood. You’ll also find a large number of native English speakers to socialise with in Ningbo, as it’s home to the University of Nottingham’s China campus.

Ningbo Fast Facts

Prefecture-level and Sub-provincial city 
Established – 4800 BCE
Population – 7,639,000

Ningbo Weather

Hottest Month August (28 °C avg)
Coldest Month January (6 °C avg)
Wettest Month June (225.0 mm avg)
Windiest Month July (10 km/h avg)
Annual Rainfall 1499.1 mm (per year)

10 Things to See and Do in Ningbo

Hangzhou Bay Bridge

Drive across one of the longest sea-bridges, over 35kms with a service centre in the middle! 

Dongqian Lake

Gorgeous paths, statues and gardens, and scenic drives surround this huge natural lake. 

Tiantong Temple

A stunning and expansive Buddhist temple complex nestled in Taibai Mountain. 

Ningbo Museum

Stunning buildings designed by Wang Shu, with fascinating museum exhibits and displays. 

Baoguo Temple

Serene surroundings and the historic wooden Buddhist temple make this a calming site. 

Xiangshan Film and Television Town

Watch filming in progress, see film and TV sets, enjoy shopping, entertainment and dining. 

Moon Lake

Explore this man-made lake with historic bridges, shrines, temples, houses and statues. 

Xuedou Mountain

Take a cable car to see the enormous Buddha statue, waterfalls and amazing views. 

Qing’an Guildhall

Expand your knowledge with exhibits on maritime affairs, folk customs, art and crafts. 

Drum Tower

Beyond the tower you’ll find great shopping, souvenirs and sensational traditional cuisine. 

Cost Of Living

Cinema 60 6.85 12.52 124.78
Water 2 0.23 0.42 4.18
Beer in a bar 20 2.28 4.17 41.59
Beer in a shop 9 1.03 1.88 18.72
Coke 3 0.34 0.63 6.27
Meal at a cheap restaurant 22 2.51 4.59 45.75
Meal at an average restaurant 40 4.57 8.34 83.18
Meal at a high end restaurant 100 11.41 20.86 207.96
Gym per month 200 22.83 41.72 415.92
City bus 2.50 0.29 0.52 5.20
Monthly utility bills (electricity, heating, water, rubbish) 340 38.81 70.92 707.06
Loaf of bread 9 1.03 1.88 18.72

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