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Located in Zhejiang province, Ningbo is one of China’s oldest cities, boasting inhabitants from as early as 4800 BC. Ninbo was one of the major port cities along the Silk Road, a 2,000 year old trade route that stretched from China to Persia. By the 10th century, Ningbo became a major world port used by Portuguese and Spanish traders. Today, the only city in China that surpasses Ningbo as a port is Shanghai.

 The city itself has a population of about 3.5 million people, with the surrounding area boasting over 7 million. While the city does not have what most cities of its size would consider a bustling night life, there are many restaurants, bars, and dance clubs. A former school manager of one of our client schools has recently opened an expat bar and bistro called Buddha’s Bar & Bistro. The Asian style lounge bar is located just inside the entrance to Lao Wai Tan.

For those who prefer a more low key life, plenty of movie theaters, art exhibits, coffee houses, and museums. The city has always been highly accessible by bus and taxi, but in 2014, the first subway line will open. Four years in the making, the first two lines are nearly finished. There are plans to continuously expand the lines and create new ones.

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Being a coastal city, the district has over 500 islands. Most of these are not inhabited, nor are they worth visiting, but there are exceptions. Many people take weekend trips to Zhoushan, which is only accessible by ferry from Ningbo. Nansha beach is the hotspot, but in the surrounding areas, you will find plenty of seafood restaurants and other eateries. Putuoshan is another spot popular with tourists. Famous for its Buddhist temples, many people spend time in Putuoshan to experience a part of China no longer part of big city life. Monasteries and centers for Buddhist study still exist on this island. The grounds of Puji temple contain a small lake and traditional pagodas that are a great place to relax (see photo).

Weather in Ningbo

Ningbo is a subtropical city, which means hot and humid summers. The winters are typically mild and while residents experience occasional snow, the temperature rarely falls below freezing. There are four distinct seasons, with the temperatures in July and August being by far the hottest, and December and January temperatures hovering just above freezing. Typhoons do pass by the area, but Ningbo is rarely affected as directly as its neighbors to the south.

Experience China While Teaching in Ningbo!

Like most cities in China, Ningbo contains several popular historic sites. The Tianyi Pavilion Museum, sitting near Moon Lake, was built in 1516. The library, one of China’s oldest, still contains 11th century wood carved books and Confucian classics. While there, don’t forget to stop by Moon Lake park-a great place to have a picnic, explore pagodas, and even rent a paddleboat.

Dongqian Lake, Ningbo

If you prefer a more rustic experience, Zhaobao mountain is the perfect place to spend on your days off. There are seemingly endless trails that open into temples and pagodas. Hikers can find Buddhist texts carved into the sides of hills in Sanskrit. Also near the mountain is the Weiyuan City Wall, a 2,000 foot long barrier to keep out intruders.

The largest lake in Zhejiang province is Dongqian lake. This lake will be a welcome relief for those looking for a more natural water experience compared to the cement laced lakes closer to the city. The lake is surrounded on one side by forest and the other by mountains. Climbing some of the hills allow views of the entire surrounding area, including the lake itself and the city.

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