Ningbo is well known within China and abroad as being the birthplace of the Hemudu culture approximately 7,000 years ago. Ningbo is now an entertaining mix of arts, from visual arts and theatre, to cinema, music and literature. There are plenty of opportunities for visitors to Ningbo to unearth both modern and ancient culture within the same city centre.
Art and fashion
Ningbo houses art galleries and museums of both art and fashion. Ningbo Museum of Art offers contemporary displays complimented by special exhibitions, while Hongjia Art Gallery presents visitors with oil paintings, sculptures and a variety of exhibitions.
Ningbo Museum of Fashion provides visitors with an insight into the changing nature of Chinese clothing from its early birth through to present day.
Ningo has two main theatres which offer a mix of traditional Chinese performing arts. The Yifu Theatre is known for its Chinese Opera, whilst Ningbo Grand Theatre provides a variety of shows with a number of special performances in English. The Ningbo Cultural Plaza houses a new theatre as well as a science exploration centre
Film lovers will be able to get their fix of international movies in Ningbo, with a number of excellent cinemas acorss the city. There's even an IMAX screen at the Wanda Plaza shopping centre, located close to the University.
One of the oldest private libraries China and one of the three oldest family libraries in the world, Tianyi Pavilion Library wows visitors with its scenic gardens and history that stretches over 450 years. It houses collections from the 11th Century.
Whether you are into classical concerts, live acoustics or karaoke, the city offers a good mix of live music. Ningbo Concert Hall provides classical music while a particular favourite with students is Bass Clef in Laowaitan, which has live music on a daily basis.
From the modern style of Ningbo Museum to the classical lines of Tianfeng Pagoda there are plenty of sights that will appeal to architecture enthusiasts in the city. Be sure to check out the Old Bund area's unique 1800's-style riverfront buildings or Baoguo Temple's impressive structure - at 970 years old it's the oldest and most completely preserved wooden structure in South China.