High street chains
Ningbo has a number of shopping malls and areas which have a variety of international chains and high street fashion outlets. Wanda Plaza, Tianyi Square and New Oriental Plaza are popular destinations to come across the likes of Zara, H & M, Marks & Spencer, Levis, UniQlo and many fashionable Chinese outlets.
If trend setting and designer rags are more your thing, then Heyi Avenue is the perfect hang out. Nicely situated on the river, Heyi Avenue is home to premium international brands such as Dior, Louis Vitton, Hugo Boss and Armani. This area also houses international bars and restaurants such as Pino Pizza, Munich Brewery and Starbucks. You may also like to treat yourself at ‘Ole’, a supermarket which is full of imported food and drink from across the world.
If you're after a bargain, head to the markets. Ningbo offers visitors a number of traditional markets selling everything from clothing to carvings, to antiques, jewellery and accessories. A particular highlight is a clothing market which is held in the four floors of an old temple. It’s normal to haggle in China, so make sure to get to a price you're happy with.
Sports kit and equipment
Ningbo is well served in terms of sporting kit and equipment with a Decathlon mega-store a recent addition, and only 15 minutes from the University. You’ll also come across a number of shops in Ningbo which specialise in racket sports.
Authentic Chinese cuisine
Alongside a number of international restaurants, Ningbo possesses an array of outlets serving a wide variety of Chinese food from different regions, with Ningbonese a typical speciality. Chinese food is not all spicy so don’t worry if you’re not a fan of chilies, there are plenty of options.
If Chinese isn’t your fancy when it comes to food, it’s not a problem. As Ningbo houses an international community, it is well stocked with restaurants from all corners of the globe. Indian, Italian, Lebanese, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, Thai and Mexican are just a few of the cuisines available in Ningbo.
Grab a coffee
Coffee has grown to become very popular in China and with this, has come the rise of coffee shops. Coffee shops can be found on most streets in Ningbo with Starbucks and Costa Coffee among the most popular. Trendy outlets such as ‘Sugar Plate’ often offer free wi-fi and a nice atmosphere to stop and have a relaxing break.