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Ningbo city

Ningbo is located in Zhejiang province on the south shore of Hangzhou Bay, opposite Shanghai. 7,000 years old, populated with more than six million people and covering more than 1,000 square kilometres, Ningbo is a rapidly growing city. Ranked in the top ten of cities for business in China by Forbes, it is a thriving blend of enterprise, culture, education, tradition and entertainment.

Ningbo offers the opportunity to feel at home amongst an array of international shopping outlets, restaurants, clubs and bars. It also provides the chance to embrace culture and tradition. Unique temples and intricate streets house markets boasting a variety of antiques, textiles and delicious Ningbo cuisine.

National and local festivities flaunt the delights of Chinese culture whilst close to one hundred museums and exhibitions represent the city’s historic past and innovative future. The city is a unique mix of modern sky-scrapers and traditional architecture, complimented with parkland and scenic spots.

The city's excellent transport links mean that Ningbo is an ideal location to explore the delights that both China and Asia have to offer.

Travelling around the city


Ningbo has a number of lanes made specifically for cycle and e-bike (electric bike) travel. Many students chose to cycle in order to stay fit and enjoy the city views, whilst others enjoy the convenient nature of their e-bikes. There are a number of scenic spots such as Dongqian Lake with specifically designed cycling tracks.


Buses are a favoured way to travel around Ningbo as they are both frequent and reliable. A number of buses which commute into the city centre start their routes from outside the university. Fares are extremely reasonable. Long distance buses are also available from four stations in Ningbo and offer daily travel to cities such as Shanghai and Hangzhou.


Taxis are particularly good value at around only 30 RMB for thirty minutes travel.

Travelling around China and abroad

Ningbo offers a variety of travel methods in order to experience both China and international destinations.

By rail

A number of cities are easily reached by high-speed train. Fares vary dependant on destination and class, but are relatively cheap.

By coach

Ningbo's long distance bus stations operate frequent inner and inter provincial journeys on a daily basis. Fares again vary but are reasonable.

By plane

There are flights to an exciting range of domestic and international destinations from Ningbo Lishe International Airport, including Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan. A full quota of international destinations can be reached by flying from Shanghai’s airports, while nearby Hangzhou airport offers a range of destinations.


Getting to the University 

Head to our vistor information page for details of how to get to the University.