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Ningbo Overtakes Shanghai in Through Transport Volume

Recently, it's learned that the trough transport volume in Ningbo port this year reaches 43,868 TEUs, 81.5% higher than the same time last year, making Ningbo Port overtake Shanghai Port and rank second only to Lianyungang. Furthermore, it is estimated to reach 47,000 by the end of this year, 27 times as many as the year before last.
(Note: through transport means carrying containers directly to the port by train)

Ningbo Artists Awarded in the National Youth Art Exhibition

In the fourth national youth art exhibition, Wang Xiongwei, an artist from the Sha-Menghai Calligraphy Institution won the award for excellence with his The Water of the Chilly River, outstripping its 20,000 rivals. Wang was awarded in Beijing on December 3rd.
The national youth art exhibition is a national comprehensive exhibition jointly sponsored by All-China Youth Federation, China Literature Federation and China Art Association to discover talented youth artists.
Apart from Wang, this year there have been other 18 people from the Institution whose works have been exhibited and awarded in the municipal, provincial and national art exhibitions.

Ningbo received provincial-level reexamination as Model Environmental Protection Cities of China

From November 29 to 30, a provincial-level pre-assessment group for the Model Environmental Protection Cities of China made a reexamination in Ningbo.

In the two days, the provincial-level pre-assessment group, in four sets, made examinations of the documents concerned and went to Yuyao, Zhenhai, Beilun and Yinzhou, making on-the-spot examinations of the major industrial enterprises and environment facilities including the South Sewage Water Treatment Plant, Ningbo Donghai Storage Battery Co., Ltd. and Ningbo Luyuan Power Plant. In the South Sewage Water Treatment Plant, the experts listened to a report and made careful checkups of the whole procedure of the work of the plant.

Ningbo was entitled as a Model Environmental Protection City of China in 2001 and in 2006 it successfully passed the first reexamination for the honor. It is learned that the reexamination for the Model Environmental Protection Cities of China contains 26 assessment indicators, concerning four categories of the economy and social conditions, environment, environment construction and environment management. Examinations are made of pollutants discharge reduction, environment quality (of water, air and noise), construction of environment infrastructural facilities, and environment capacity and so on.

Since it passed the first reexamination five years ago, Ningbo has further improved the environment infrastructural facilities and raised its capacity for the prevention and control of pollution. Now, in terms of the general environment quality, Ningbo ranks the middle of the 113 key cities for environment protection. The rate of good-air days amounts to 86.6%. The drinking water in cities and rural areas is all from quality water reservoirs and 100% of the drinking water sources is up to the standard. The city has built 24 wastewater treatment plants, with a daily treatment capacity reaching 1.44 million tons. The rate of waste water concentrated treatment in urban areas is above 95%. The city is basically up to the assessment standards for the Model Environmental Protection Cities of China

NFTZ becomes an important functional zone

By means of intelligentized system of supply, purchase and distribution and by vigorously expanding sources of supplying core high value-added materials, Ningbo International Trade Ocean Shipping Supply CO., LTD has occupied 50% of Ningbo ocean shipping supply market. At present, it has become the only domestic supplier of the France Bourbon and ranked into the top-three list of service providers in ocean shipping.
The NFTZ has gathered many shipping service corporations like Ningbo International Trade Ocean Shipping Supply CO., LTD. The Zone is striving to improve the shipping service environment and trying to attract the leading shipping companies to invest there through deepening the shipping resources concentration and custom clearance service. Besides, NFTZ is exploring the high value-added modern shipping services and aiming to strengthen its comprehensive service ability.
The industry agglomeration of shipping logistics service is a prerequisite for Ningbo’s transformation from a transport port to a trade and logistics port. Relying on Ningbo Port Custom  Clearance Center, NFTZ has gathered 72 shipping service enterprises such as COSCO International Freight Co., Ltd., China Shipping Container Liners Co., Ltd., Ningbo Taiping International Trade Transportation Co., Ltd. and China United Tally Co., Ltd. These enterprises cover customs declaration, inspection declaration freight forwarders, shipping agency, tally and harbor engineering, and their services reach the whole Yangtze River Delta. From January to August this year, its agency value has topped 4 billion CNY and there emerged some shipping services enterprises each with annual revenue of over ten million CNY.
In NFTZ, the ship trading service business is in the ascendant. The Ningbo Ship Trading Co., Ltd in NFTZ is the first batch of seven ship sales and purchase service institutions which accord with Provisions on the Administration of Ship Sales and Purchase. This company has introduced modern transaction mode and can provide lots of services, such as information publishing, ship management, ship evaluation, ship brokerage, auction of ship and transaction and clearing. This year it has sold 59 ships with a volume of trade reaching 540 million CNY.
At present, NFTZ is vigorously exploring ship financial leasing and other high-end business for the purpose of building the pilot zone of modern ship service industry. “We will fully give play our prominent advantages of political function, industrial agglomeration and encouraging exploration to forge NFTZ into an important zone of marine economy and international giant port. ” said Ma Zhaoxiang, director of the Administrative Committee of NFTZ

Tourist Festival brings consumption of 7.8 billion yuan

On November 23, it is learnt from Ningbo Tourism Bureau that the two-month Ningbo Tourist Festival stimulated the tourist consumption with a total value of 7.8 billion yuan. This year's Festival also extended the traditional "golden week" and "golden month" for Ningbo tourism into "golden quarter".

Statistics show that the 2011 Ningbo Tourist Festival brought into Ningbo 9.2 million tourists home and abroad, 4.31 million of which were received during the golden week of October, when the total tourist revenue reached 3.175 billion yuan. Since 2008, the Tourist Festival has brought about 26 million tourists to Ningbo with a total tourist revenue of 23.1 billion yuan.

According to the international convention, when the per capita GDP surpasses $3,000, tourism will usher in an explosive growth. Last year, the per capita GDP in Ningbo surpassed $10,000, up to the level of an upper developed country, and the tourist expenses grew fairly rapidly.

Nowadays, tourism for Ningbo citizens has demonstrated a feature of diversification, individuality and leisure-orientation. All kinds of traveling, such as traveling abroad, walking the ancient road, mountaineering, riding bicycles, taking vacations, sea fishing and hot spring spas, are springing up. According to the statistics from Ningbo Tourist Bureau, the number of tourists traveling abroad in way of package tour arranged by travel agencies reached 260,000 last year

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