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4 New Self-Service Book-Borrowing Machines Installed in Ningbo

As the first phase of Ningbo subway Line 3 opened to traffic, the online service of Ningbo Library extended further along the rail. Starting from July 5, another 4 self-service book-borrowing machine will installed in subway stations of line 3, apart from the existing 3 machines in two Ningbo Libraries and Drum Tower subway station.

Provided by Ningbo Library, each one of such self-service book-borrowing machines is just like a mini library which makes borrowing a book as convenient as ordering food online. People can either borrow books from one of these machines with their phone or with a QR code through a third-party credit platform. Neither deposit nor membership card is required.

In 2018, Ningbo’s first self-service book-borrowing machine was installed in Drum Tower station in December, which is a transfer station for line 1 and line 2. In the following month, a total of 2500 books had been borrowed from this machine, the most among some 260 self-service book-borrowing machines across China. Apart from Drum Tower station, self-service book-borrowing service is now available in 4 more

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Ningbo garden won the “Outstanding Exhibition Garden Award” of Nanning Garden Expo

The 12th China (Nanning) International Garden and Flower Expo closed recently. Ningbo Garden won the “Outstanding Exhibition Garden Award” for the outdoor exhibition competition. It also won special competition awards such as “Excellent Design Exhibition Garden”,“Quality Construction Exhibition Garden”, “Best Plant Configuration Exhibition Garden” and “Excellent Architectural Pieces Exhibition Garden”.

According to the relevant person in charge of the Municipal Urban Management Bureau, the International Garden and Flower Expo is the highest and largest garden and flower exhibition in China, held every two years.  As a national garden city, Ningbo has been invited to participate in the 8 Garden Expos held in Shenzhen, Xiamen, Jinan, Chongqing, Beijing, Wuhan, Zhengzhou and Nanning. In each session, Ningbo Garden has a clear theme and a good landscape effect, winning a high honor. The 12th Garden Expo was co-sponsored by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and the Nanning Municipal People's Government. It opened in Nanning in December 2018 and attracted many domestic and foreign cities, institutions, enterprises and individuals.

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Passenger flow of Line 3 reaches 615,000 on the first day

On the first day of the opening of Metro Line 3, the total passenger flow reached 615,000. Compared with the average daily passenger flow of the subway line in May 2019, the number of passengers increased by more than 60%. 

According to Ningbo Rail Transit Group, the busiest three stations of each metro line are respectively: Dongmenkou Station, Gulou Station, Fuming Road Station of Line 1; Ningbo Railway Station, Chenghuangmiao Station, Gulou Station of Line 2;  Siming Middle Road Station, Qianhu North Road Station, Southern Business District Station of Line 3.

With Line 3, different urban areas and landmarks in the city like Datong Bridge, Minglou, Sakura Park, Children's Park, Yinzhou District Government, Southern Business District are drawn closer.  On the first day of the opening on June 30, passengers flocked to the new line to experience it.

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Intelligent water control

An intelligent unmanned monitoring vessel is inspecting the water.  (Photo by Wang Bo)

At the site of the city's intelligent water control work meeting on July 2nd, a "little yellow boat" about one meter long is very eye-catching and became the favorite of many media reports.  The “little yellow boat" is called the intelligent unmanned monitoring boat, and has recently been   monitoring water in several river courses.  The boat is equipped with a multi-parameter monitor, which can automatically monitor water temperature, pH value, dissolved oxygen, etc. It is a good complement for the insufficient current manned river inspection on foot.  

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Ningbo’s inbound and outbound tourists reached 826,000 in the first half of 2019

According to statistics from Ningbo Customs, the inbound and outbound flights of Ningbo airport in the first half of 2019 was 5,085, and the number of inbound and outbound passengers was 826,600, a year-on-year increase of 16.52% and 19.59% respectively, a record high.

The data shows that in terms of the most popular destinations of Ningbo people, Hongkong ranked first with appropriate flight tine, rich tourism and shopping resources, and convenient transit hub experience. Taiwan and Thailand ranked second and third, followed by Macao, Japan, and Vietnam.

Tourists to Japan and Korea accounted for 15% of the total.  On April 25, 2019, Ningbo opened its first direct flight to Tokyo. As a result, the number of tourists to Japan increased by 25.74%, compared with the same period in 2018.  Tour to South Korea has become popular, and the number of tourists to South Korea has increased, up 121.43% year-on-year.

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