About Ningbo

Ningbo is located at the middle part of China's coastline and south flank of the Yangtze River Delta, bordering on Shanghai and Hangzhou.

Ningbo is one of the cities opening up to the outside world, an independently planning-city enjoying the same rights as those of a provincial government in economic management, "a large city" entitled to formulate local laws and regulations, and a famous historic city with rich cultural heritage. It covers an area of 9,817 sq.km and has a population of 5.6809 million. The jurisdiction of Ningbo City encompasses two counties (Xiangshan and Ninghai), three county-level cities (Yuyao, Cixi and Fenghua), six urban districts (Haishu, Jiangdong, Jiangbei, Zhenhai, Beilun and Yinzhou) and Dongqian Hu tourist resorts.


Ningbo boasts a long history. It is the birthplace of the "Neolithic Hemudu Culture" dating back more than 7,000 years. Ningbo has been a well-known key port for foreign trade ever since ancient time. Ningbo ranked with Yangzhou and Guangzhou as the three biggest ports for foreign trade in Tang Dynasty and with Guangzhou and Quanzhou in Song Dynasty. Ningbo port has become one of the important ports in China. Its cargo handling capacity reached 360 million tonnages in 2008, ranking second among the ports in the mainland of China, and its container handling capacity amounted to 10.84 million TEU.


Enjoying sound conditions for economic development, the social economy of Ningbo has been developed rapidly since opening up to the outside world. In 2008, the city GDP reached 396.41 billion RMB yuan, the GDP per capita 10079 USD, the revenue 81.09 billion RMB yuan .The average disposable income of urban dwellers grew to 25,304 RMB yuan and the net income of rural population climbed to 11,450 RMB yuan. Nowadays, Ningbo has become an important industrial city and foreign trade port in east China, a key city and chemical industrial base in Yangtze Delta and an economic center of Zhejiang Province.


Fueled by No.1 Project aiming at advancing the municipality with scientific and educational developments, the government persists in its pursuit of innovative development, balanced growth, deepened reform, and exploratory expansion, thus achieving a great leap-forward in its educational development. In 2008, there are all together 15 higher education institutions in Ningbo, among which 5 are full-time universities, 8 are vocational and technical colleges, and 2 are adult institutes of higher learning. The total number of students in full-time higher education institutes reaches 133,000.

Ningbo enjoys subtropical monsoon climate featuring mild temperature, moderate humidity and distinctive seasons. The city is an ideal tourist place with culture monuments and historical sites and it is also a very good place for overseas students to live and study.