Ningbo travel guide

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You're Going to Love Ningbo

Ningbo is one of eastern China's most important port cities and a famous cultural and historical site. It's also a popular destination for tourists, both from China and overseas.

The surrounding area is known for its spectacular scenery and mountains, forests, beaches, lakes, and waterfalls are all within easy reach of the city. Visit Xanxi Hot Springs or explore the Xikou-Xuedoushan Scenic Area and the hometown of Chiang Kai-shek.

Ningbo is the perfect relaxation spot too. The city's name means 'tranquil waves' and there are dozens of upscale spa resorts offering water-based therapies and traditional care and beauty treatments. Or, head to Moon Lake in the south of the city and join friendly locals for Tai Chi or yoga.

Foodies will adore Ningbo. The region even has its own style of cuisine - Yongbang dishes are fresh and salty whereby meat and seafood are steamed, stewed, or roasted. You can try some of the best at Seafood Street or Shipu Seafood Corridor on Xinhua Road.

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When to Visit Ningbo

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Ningbo is in the subtropical monsoon climate region and has four distinctive seasons. It can be hot and humid in summer, so many tourists prefer to visit in spring from March to May when temperatures are lower and the countryside is at its most beautiful.

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How to Get to Ningbo

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Where to Stay in Ningbo

Popular city center hotels that are within reach of famous attractions like Moon Lake, Tianyi Square, and Ningbo City God Temple, include the Ningbo Marriott Hotel, Westin Hotel, Intercontinental, Sofitel Wanda Ningbo, Nanyuan Hotel, and Crowne Plaza City Center Ningbo. Inexpensive hotels include Ibis, Best Western Jianghua Hotel Ningbo, and Teckon Hotel Beilun.

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Shopping Streets

Local arts and crafts are great buys and you'll find stalls selling beautifully made bamboo carvings, straw mats, and traditional artwork at markets and in the small specialty shops at Yuehu Shing Park Plaza. Visit one of the INTime malls (the biggest is at Tianyi Square) for everything from clothes to electrical goods, or go to Fanzhai Antiques Market for Chinese calligraphy, pottery, scrolls, jewelry, and carvings. There are dozens of stalls to choose from as well as outdoor vendors who place their wares on mats on the ground.

Groceries and Other

You can shop for basics in Chinese, US, or European-style supermarkets in most districts. Look for Ole, which has the best selection of imported goods, Tesco,and Carrefour. Others include Metro and Auchan. You'll typically pay ¥12 for a quart of milk and ¥17 for 12 eggs.

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C$ 4.28
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C$ 101.07
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Single public transport ticket
C$ 0.45
C$ 4.52

Where to Eat in Ningbo

Stop for a snack at the cafes and diners in Tianyi Square or sample local specialties like Ningbo tangyuan - sweet little dumplings with a savory sesame and pork grease filling. Try some of the best Sichuan cuisine in the city at Fei Teng Yu Xiang next to the Portman Sheraton Hotel. The restaurant is a local institution that's as popular with locals as it is with visitors, and it stays open late. Be sure to try the Gan Bian Tu Dou Tiao or spicy potatoes. A basic meal costs about ¥60 with beer. Feel like something different? Tuck into pizza at Papa John's on Baizhang Dong Lu, or treat yourself to a tasty Italian meal at Mezzos on 2 at Caihong Bei Lu.

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