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Asia » China » Zhejiang » Ningbo May 29th 2018

We took the bus from Ningbo train station (988) to Fenghua. The bus driver was totally mental and drove like a maniac, which is unusual as most bus drivers are pretty good. He stopped in the middle of the road to use his phone at one point and then sailed past one of the bus stops, coming to an abrupt halt a hundred metres or so past the stop. The bus journey took about an hour and we definitely passed some of the grittier and grimier parts of Ningbo. We got off the bus in Xikou, a small town. My friend had went to high school in this town and had visited the scenic area back then so she recommended this place to us to visit. Fenghua is famous for beef noodles, and since we had ... read more
Xuedou Temple
Xuedou Temple
Xuedou Temple

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Ningbo September 25th 2017

We drove to Jiangbei, the northern part of Ningbo to go hiking. There are quite a few mountains and trails in this area. It has been about a year since I went hiking in Ningbo and was looking forward to exploring another part of the city. We parked up in the carpark of a very fancy resort hotel, that is next to a lake. The lake is called Sunhu Lake and it looked pretty, but we didn't have time to explore the area around the lake as we were headed for the hills. We followed the road back round. It was really quiet, I know it was a week day, but there weren't too many people about. We passed an army base and lots of fancy houses. I think the houses were for military people and ... read more
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Asia » China » Zhejiang » Ningbo September 24th 2017

I went to visit two friends studying in Ningbo, only to fall in love with the city. The First Stop The Tiantong Templ, built in Jin Dynasty, dating back over 1,700 years. The Second Stop: The Old Bund Best place for an evening out in Ningbo The Third Stop: Cicheng An ancient county in the Yantgze river delta brings out the best charms of the Chinese countryside.... read more
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Asia » China » Zhejiang » Ningbo September 18th 2017

China’s development has been remarkable. Not only has the country’s economic progress lifted countless people out of poverty, but also positively influenced global economic growth. But it’s not just these feats that have attracted me to China. It is the cultural heritage that brought me specifically to China andfinding the right balance has led me to Ningbo. Ningbo delights its visitors, especially walking through the city on a pleasant evening. The different neighborhood and unique lighting bring a sense of modernization through its heritage. Despite this Ningbo is not like Hangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing and other congested cities. The leisure lifestyle of Ningbo is a hallmark of the city. Ningbo’s Skyscrapers are not overbearing on the traditional charming features of the city. Dongqian Lake, Ningbo Library, Cicheng and many parks in Ningbo mai... read more
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Asia » China » Zhejiang » Ningbo September 14th 2017

Ningbo is easy to get to;so I often visit my friend who has lived there for several years. Tianyi Square is a really nice public space where Catholic church is located. We attend the Sunday service together. The City Temple is also located in Tianyi Square, a block from the Church. Next to the temple are some snack stalls including my favorite Ningbo dumpling. Nearby there’s even a street for traditional Chinese medicine where I picked up a few oils and ointments to help my skin. Also, you can’t visit Ningbo without eating the local seafood. I recommend the seafood alley full of amazing choices. Fuquan Mountain is a new place we visited this time in Ningbo. I’d been meaning to go for a while. There’s not so much ancient history here like other sites in ... read more
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Asia » China » Zhejiang » Ningbo September 13th 2017

Ningbo is a culturally layered city with a remarkable history. Like other ancient Chinese cities Ningbo offers windows into the many centuries and dynasties of Chinese development. August 23, Ningbo Qiantong Ancient Town Here in Qiantong the authentic historical buildings and relics of the Ming and Qing dynasties have been preserved. The local villagers enjoy life along the canal, children run freely and play in the open space. Senior citizens enjoy the sunset and evenings in the summer. It’s a much welcome contrasts to high density cities like Shanghai and Beijing. There are several folk museums in town that I visited. Arts and crafts, performances, and even a... read more
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Asia » China » Zhejiang » Ningbo September 10th 2017

Autumn is a key season in Chinese culture; it is nation-wide the best arguably season of the year in China. Recently I took the opportunity to finally visit Ningbo where I’ve heard is an ancient coastal city that is thriving in modern China. The best natural sites in Ningbo are Dongqian Lake as well as the Hangzhou Bay Wetland Park. Alongside the lakeside you can find the ruins of many ancient buildings and enjoy star gazing in the evening. The wetlands are perfect for bird watching and enjoying a picnic in the marshes. Seasonal Meals of Autumn in Ningbo include specialty dumplings, steamed stuffed lotus leaf, and of course, both fresh-water and salt-water seafood are famous in every season of Ningbo. The autumn customs are everywhere in Ningbo, especially in the many Buddhist temples throughout the ... read more
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Asia » China » Zhejiang » Ningbo September 7th 2017

Many people mistake China as only being Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. The reality is China is massive and its history and culture extend far beyond these metropolises. After a trip to the coastal city of Ningbo I can honestly recommend it to any international visitor. A window into Chinese culture is opened in Ningbo where Asia’s and China’s oldest private library still stands today. Tianyi Pavilion demonstrates the ancestral significance of Ningbo; and it’s just as scenic as its folklore suggests. At Tianyi Pavilion you can directly compare Ming and Qing Dynasties architecture from adjacent building. You can feel the flow of time and history without opening any of the relic scrolls. Despite its cultural roots Ningbo has grown greatly in modern China. The Old Bund, built 20 years before Shanghai’s bund, is full of open-air ... read more
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Asia » China » Zhejiang » Ningbo September 1st 2017

My girlfriend and I are fascinated by Chinese culture. However we’ve found many Chinese cities overcrowded and difficult to enjoy precious quiet moments while exploring Chinese culture. So recently we chose to move to Ningbo, and so far we’ve found it more than suitable and almost too comfortable at times. Dining Out in Ningbo The Baisha Bay is a great place to eat in Ningbo, followed by a visit to Nantang Old Street and Tianyi Square. We circled around the fountain of Tianyi square. An evening stroll down Nantang Old Street was enjoyable with the area being lit by Chinese lanterns. Chinese folklore could be felt everywhere. Later we made our way to Sanjiangkou, the Old Bund to enjoy the evening breeze by the riverside during an epic and charming enough pub-crawl for two on a ... read more
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Asia » China » Zhejiang » Ningbo August 28th 2017

2 Day Trip in August Day 1: Moon Lake Park – Drum Tower The journey has not yet begun and a mouth watering meal of seafood is laid before us. Ningbo crawfish is delicious and one of the best spicey, savory seafood meals I’ve ever enjoyed. Next we visited Ningbo’s massive train station and set off for the Moon Lake Park and Drum Tower. Overlooking the lake there is a romantic sense inspired. There’s all kinds of water sports and fishing alongside the ancient lake buildings with monuments and relics. The Chao Court is full of elegant decorations and a window into the ancient tea culture. Amazing that all these authentic cultural and historical sit... read more
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