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Around 2.5-driving distance from Shanghai situates coastal city of Ningbo.  Ningbo means "calm waves" in Mandarin, illustrating the city's special role between the city and the sea literally.  Ningbo Port is one of the top ten ports in the world.  It is regarded as one of the starting places of Maritime Silk Road. Offshore from Ningbo is there a Buddhist mountain on Zhoushan Islands, which is Putuoshan (Putuo Mountain). Putuoshan together with Mt.Emei, Mt.Wutai and Mt. Jiuhua are regarded as the Four Holy Buddhist Mountains in China, attracting devout Buddhists from all over the world.

Tianyi Pavilion in Ningbo is the best book collection building existing now in China. Also this is the oldest library in Asia with history of over 450 years. Besides collected ancient books, Tianyi Pavilion also presents the local culture, history and arts;
Moon Lake is the most renowned natural scenery of Ningbo. Creative gardens, old pavilions, archaized buildings and picturesque Moon Lake coexist harmoniously and form a park perfectly for leisure time;
Taste savory snacks both local and China national in Ningbo Town God's Temple.  Feel the busy shopping atmosphere from hustle-and- bustle of visitors, vendors' yo-heave-ho and various featured merchandise;
Drive by the world's longest cross-sea bridge - Hangzhou Bay Bridge.  This 36-kilometer-long bridge offers a different angle to feel the grandeur of Hangzhou Bay;
Take ferry to Putuoshan and admire holy Buddhist sites dotted on the mountain.  Huiji Temple hidden in the exuberant forests, Fayu Temple of 294 rooms, Puji Temple worshipping Kwan-yin (Goddess of Mercy)….  Every February, June and September of China calendar, swarms of worshippers gathers in Putuoshan, holding grand ceremonies for Kwan-yin.
※  If you like seafood, Ningbo is definitely the place you should pay a visit. Pleasing your taste buds is easy here.
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Ningbo Travel Tips
Average Temperature Month Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Ningbo(°C) 3~9 4~10 6~15 15~20 15~25 22~30 25~35 25~35 20~30 15~24 10~18 3~12
Putuo(°C) 1~8 2~10 6~14 12~20 17~25 21~28 25~33 24~32 20~28 14~22 8~17 3~11
Real-time Weather
Useful Phone Numbers Police:
0574-110
Fire Emergency:
0574-119
Phone No. Enquiry:
0574-114
Hospital Ambulance:
0574-120
Railway Enquiry:
0574-56163111
Taxi Call:
0574-96520
Flight Enquiry:
0574-87427700
 
Travel Tips Best Time to Visit Ningbo:
Ningbo is suitable to travel all year around due to its mild temperature. But there are occasionally typhoons in August and September. Please pay attention to weather forecast if you plan a trip during that period.
How to travel from Shanghai to Ningbo:
Hangzhou Bay Bridge completed in 2008 and it shortened the time to 2.5 hours driving from Shanghai to Ningbo, instead of 5-hour train journey.
How to travel from Shanghai to Putuoshan
There is overnight ferry (ETD19:20-ETA07:00) from Shanghai to Putuoshan. Ticket enquiry call: 021-56575500; Also you may take high-speed ferry from Shanghai to Putuoshan. The ferry availability depends on intraday weather condition.
How to travel from Ningbo to Putuoshan:
There are ferries from Ningbo to Putuoshan daily and takes around 70 minutes per trip.
Taxi Charge in Ningbo: starting price of RMB10, and RMB2 per km after exceeding 3 km, plus fuel surcharge of RMB1;
Events & Festivals:
There are three main ceremonies held annually to worship Guanyin on Putuoshan. During that period there will be crowds of worshippers on the mountain.
19th Day of 2 Lunar Month-- Birthday of Guan Yin (Avalokiteshvara)
19th Day of 6 Lunar Month-- Enlightenment Day of Guan Yin
19th Day of 9 Lunar Month -- Renunciation Day of Guan Yin