Ningbo is not a conventional tourist city, but rather one steeped in cultural riches. First visit Tianyige, Asia's oldest library, to soak in history. Next, savor fresh seafood at a local eatery. As evening falls, head to Laowaitan to enjoy harbor views and sea breezes over drinks.

As an early treaty port, Ningbo warrants reflective wandering - even just to appreciate its storied past. Beyond headline attractions, Ningbo rewards through subtle immersion in its customs and charms. Meandering narrow alleys and pausing to observe daily life captures the essence of this storied port city. Ningbo reveals its true self not in grand sights, but in quiet moments bonding over tea, seafood, and mingling with locals.

Ningbo Tourism Festival

Xiangshan Kaiyu (Open Fishery) Festival, Ningbo

Every September, the seaside town of Xiangshan in Ningbo hosts a ceremony to mark the end of fishing moratorium season and the opening of the new fishing year. 

Originally a ritual by local fishermen praying for safety and bountiful catches, today's Kaiyu Festival has evolved into a grand celebration of maritime culture and coastal tourism.

On the festive day, humble fishing boats transform into a majestic flotilla crowding the harbor. The still waters spring to life with revving engines, blaring horns, and vessels sailing out to sea. 

Visitors can immerse themselves in the festivities with fishing boat tours, seafood feasts, and cultural performances. With ancient traditions and modern excitement, Xiangshan's Kaiyu Festival offers a glimpse into China's living fishery heritage.

China Liangzhu Love Festival

Xiangshan Kaiyu (Open Fishery) Festival, Ningbo

Every September, the seaside town of Xiangshan in Ningbo hosts a ceremony to mark the end of fishing moratorium season and the opening of the new fishing year. 

Originally a ritual by local fishermen praying for safety and bountiful catches, today's Kaiyu Festival has evolved into a grand celebration of maritime culture and coastal tourism.

On the festive day, humble fishing boats transform into a majestic flotilla crowding the harbor. The still waters spring to life with revving engines, blaring horns, and vessels sailing out to sea. 

Visitors can immerse themselves in the festivities with fishing boat tours, seafood feasts, and cultural performances. With ancient traditions and modern excitement, Xiangshan's Kaiyu Festival offers a glimpse into China's living fishery heritage.

Chinese Charity and Filial Piety Festival

Xiangshan Kaiyu (Open Fishery) Festival, Ningbo

Every September, the seaside town of Xiangshan in Ningbo hosts a ceremony to mark the end of fishing moratorium season and the opening of the new fishing year. 

Originally a ritual by local fishermen praying for safety and bountiful catches, today's Kaiyu Festival has evolved into a grand celebration of maritime culture and coastal tourism.

On the festive day, humble fishing boats transform into a majestic flotilla crowding the harbor. The still waters spring to life with revving engines, blaring horns, and vessels sailing out to sea. 

Visitors can immerse themselves in the festivities with fishing boat tours, seafood feasts, and cultural performances. With ancient traditions and modern excitement, Xiangshan's Kaiyu Festival offers a glimpse into China's living fishery heritage.

Zhenhai Golden Autumn Tourism Festival

Xiangshan Kaiyu (Open Fishery) Festival, Ningbo

Every September, the seaside town of Xiangshan in Ningbo hosts a ceremony to mark the end of fishing moratorium season and the opening of the new fishing year. 

Originally a ritual by local fishermen praying for safety and bountiful catches, today's Kaiyu Festival has evolved into a grand celebration of maritime culture and coastal tourism.

On the festive day, humble fishing boats transform into a majestic flotilla crowding the harbor. The still waters spring to life with revving engines, blaring horns, and vessels sailing out to sea. 

Visitors can immerse themselves in the festivities with fishing boat tours, seafood feasts, and cultural performances. With ancient traditions and modern excitement, Xiangshan's Kaiyu Festival offers a glimpse into China's living fishery heritage.

Standing still on the old Bund, let time solidify

Hangzhou, Longjing tea, and West Lake are fated to be together. Bring a leisurely spirit and find a lakeside teahouse. Take in the scenery, sipping fragrant tea as the breeze caresses your skin. This is bliss. Allow the famous green tea to awaken your senses with its delicate aromas and smooth finish. Let the peaceful views of willows, boats, and ornate bridges flow through you. Feel time slow down, your worries dissolve. Watch daylight dance across the water as you refill your cup again and again. The secret to immersing yourself in West Lake's essence is simply this: tea. The chance to linger over tea's ritual, embraced by some of China's most stunning vistas, is a travel memory made. Next time inspiration eludes you, come here. A cup of Longjing by the lake is all you need to realign body and mind.

Nothing is more enjoyable than riding Dongqian Lake

Hangzhou, Longjing tea, and West Lake are fated to be together. Bring a leisurely spirit and find a lakeside teahouse. Take in the scenery, sipping fragrant tea as the breeze caresses your skin. This is bliss. Allow the famous green tea to awaken your senses with its delicate aromas and smooth finish. Let the peaceful views of willows, boats, and ornate bridges flow through you. Feel time slow down, your worries dissolve. Watch daylight dance across the water as you refill your cup again and again. The secret to immersing yourself in West Lake's essence is simply this: tea. The chance to linger over tea's ritual, embraced by some of China's most stunning vistas, is a travel memory made. Next time inspiration eludes you, come here. A cup of Longjing by the lake is all you need to realign body and mind.

Go to a seafood stall and enjoy yourself

Hangzhou, Longjing tea, and West Lake are fated to be together. Bring a leisurely spirit and find a lakeside teahouse. Take in the scenery, sipping fragrant tea as the breeze caresses your skin. This is bliss. Allow the famous green tea to awaken your senses with its delicate aromas and smooth finish. Let the peaceful views of willows, boats, and ornate bridges flow through you. Feel time slow down, your worries dissolve. Watch daylight dance across the water as you refill your cup again and again. The secret to immersing yourself in West Lake's essence is simply this: tea. The chance to linger over tea's ritual, embraced by some of China's most stunning vistas, is a travel memory made. Next time inspiration eludes you, come here. A cup of Longjing by the lake is all you need to realign body and mind.

Best Travel Time

Spring: In May, the Yangmei trees are fully planted in the forest, and Cixi Yangmei trees are famous all over the world. Tourists can climb Meishan, pick Yangmei trees, and drink Yangmei liquor. Summer: Go to Songlan Mountain near the sea for a vacation, or go to Siming Mountain for summer vacation. Autumn: This is a good season to eat seafood at Shipu Fishing Port, and you can also have the opportunity to participate in and watch the "China Fishing Festival" in mid September. Winter: Soak in the hot springs surrounded by mountains, where green mountains and clear water, lush vegetation, and gurgling streams are all year round. Siming Mountain is a silver world covered in ice, and if you are lucky, you can also have the opportunity to enjoy the rare meteorological wonder of Jiangnan - rime.

History

Archaeological evidence confirms human activity in Lianyungang's ancient Mount Qushan and present-day Mount Jinping area as early as 10,000 years ago. In 1959 and 1978, the oldest Paleolithic sites in southeast China were discovered at Erjian and Daxian Village with clear stratigraphic layers. Mount Jinping has 19 Neolithic sites, with Erjian being one of China's earliest farming areas.

The 20-meter long, 10-meter wide "General Cliff Painting" discovered in 1979 was appraised by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage as "an extremely important cultural relic and rare major discovery, the earliest 'book' in China."

The Donghan era art treasure "Kongwang Mountain Grottoes Statues" are the earliest Buddhist grotto statues in China, 100-200 years earlier than the Dunhuang Grottoes, and protected at the national level.

The area is also steeped in history, with attractions related to Confucius' sea gazing, Emperor Qin's inspections, and famous poets and officials like Tao Yuanming, Li Bai, Su Dongpo, Shen Kuo, Li Qingzhao, Wu Cheng'en, Li Ruzhen, Wu Jingzi, Lin Zexu, Zhu Ziqing and more.

Ships

Ningbo has a developed water transport network with three rivers converging in the city. There are convenient ferry connections to nearby counties and islands:

- Beilun Bai Feng Pier to Yandangshan/Putuo Island on Zhoushan - Take bus 720, 758

- Beilun Honglian Pier to Zhenhai - Take bus 371, 389, 390, 393

- Xiangxiang's Hengshan Pier to Xiangshan - Take bus 620

- Beilun Guoju Pier to Liuhang/Taohua Island, Zhoushan - Take bus 559

- Ningbo Port Passenger Terminal for other regional ferries - East Gate Joint Ticket Office (No.256 Zhongshan East Rd) - Zhenhai Ferry Terminal (No.85 Yanjiang West Rd)

Bridges have now replaced many ferry routes, for example:

- Reach Xiangshan by direct bus from Ningbo South Bus Station, no ferry needed.

- Buses from East Bus Station require the ferry to Xiangshan.

With the new Xiangshan Bridge, ferries are no longer needed to reach Xiangshan.

Contact:
Ningbo Port Passenger Terminal - 0574-87356332
East Gate Ticket Office - 0574-87365484
Zhenhai Terminal - 0574-86270277
Ningbo Port Terminal - 0574-86727341

While some ferries have been replaced by bridges, water transport still serves as a convenient option for reaching Ningbo's outlying islands and counties.

Medical treatment

Here is a suggested paragraph about safety tips in Changhua, Taiwan for an English travel website:Staying Safe in Changhua, TaiwanChanghua is generally very safe, but you should take some basic precautions. Keep valuables secured and be alert in public areas to prevent petty theft. A special note for Southern Taiwan including Kaohsiung, Tainan, and Kenting - avoid discussing politics as tensions can run high in this region. However, southerners are usually still very warm and friendly, even towards mainland Chinese tourists.Use common sense, take care of belongings, and avoid political conversations in the south. Following basic safety measures will allow you to fully enjoy your travels in Changhua and the rest of Taiwan.

Tourism consulting

When at crowded places like train stations, bus terminals, and metro stations, keep a close eye on your belongings to prevent theft. Areas with high tourist traffic like Tiananmen Square also attract scammers, so tourists should be wary of unlicensed guides demanding money upfront. Avoid handing over any cash to solicitations on the street. Use registered taxi companies like the red Beijing taxis whenever possible. Keep valuables secured and hidden, avoid carrying large amounts of cash, and be alert in public transportation hubs and tourist sites. When needing assistance, go to authorized help points like the Beijing Tourist Information booths rather than individuals roaming the streets. Beijing is a generally safe city if simple precautions are taken. Report any incidents or suspicious activities immediately to the nearest police officer. They can also provide directions and other help. Enjoy sightseeing, but remain aware of the surroundings.

Emergency call

Here is a suggested paragraph about emergency contacts in Ningbo, China for an English travel website:Emergency Contacts in NingboKeep these important numbers handy during your trip to Ningbo:Police Emergency: 110Fire Department: 119First Aid/Ambulance: 120For immediate help, dial 110 for police, 119 for fire emergencies, and 120 for medical situations. Other useful Ningbo contacts:Price Supervision Hotline: 12358Quality Supervision Hotline: 12365Use the price hotline to report any pricing issues or fraud. The quality hotline is for reporting problems with goods or services.Having these emergency numbers on hand allows you to travel at ease and get help promptly if any issues arise during your stay in Ningbo. Don't hesitate to call if you require police, medical, or other assistance.