Ningbo is a beautiful coastal city with stunning natural sceneries and rich in cultural heritage. It is the birthplace of Hemudu Culture (河姆渡文化) dating back to the Neolithic era , which has a history of over 7000 years.

Mount Putuo 普陀山

Mount PutuoMount Putuo, located in the southern edge of Hangzhou Bay and off the coast of the eastern sea of Zhoushan Islands, belongs to Putuoshan District of Zhoushan City.

During the Tang dynasty, along with the development of sea Silk Road, Mount Putuo became the center of Chinese Buddhism, especially for Guan Yin. The major temples are Puji Chan Temple, Fayu Chan Temple and Huiji Chan Temple, boasting the largest among the 20 preserved temples there. They were all constructed in tranquil surroundings to worship Guan Yin. In addition to these temples, there is a large Institute of Buddhism, one of the largest Buddhist academic institutes in China.

There are three well known festivals held there – Nan Hai Guan Yin Cultural Festival in November, Guan Yin Incense Festival and The Spring of Mount Putuo held every March. The Guan Yin Incense Festival of Mount Putuo is the most popular. Every year on February 19, June 19, and September 19 of the lunar calendar, it welcomes millions of people for the celebration from home and abroad.

Apart from the temples, Mount Putuo is known as a haven of blue sea, golden beaches and sun, ideal for a relaxing weekend or to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The island boasts a few excellent beaches on each of its corners, among these, the Qian Bu Beach (A-Thousand-Paces Beach) and the Bai Bu Beach (A-Hundred-Paces Beach) are the most famous and are regarded as the best beaches near Shanghai!

Not only known for its beaches, but Mount Putuo has been known as “Garden in the Ocean”. There are countless of ancient trees, like the thousand-year old ginkgo tree and the thousand-year camphor tree, standing 20 meters tall and has a gird of 8 meters. The entire tree covers an area of over 1000 square meters (close to 10,000 square feet). There are also many rare vegetation.

Add: NO 115, Meiling Road, Putuo District, Zhoushan City 舟山市普陀区梅芩路115号
Admission: 160 Yuan/person from Feb.1-Nov.30 and 140 Yuan/person from Dec.1 to Jan.31.

Tianyi Square 天一广场

Tianyi SquareTianyi Square is the most prosperous area in Ningbo City. It covers an area of approximately 350,000,000 square meters, surrounded by 22 buildings, each about 3-4 stories. Inside the square you will see the musical fountain, special water curtain film, corridor on the Water Street, the Catholic Church as well there are many modern department storesEvery day thousands of people flock the square for shopping, eating and entertainment – fashion shows and big events are often held in Tianyi Square. It is vibrant and has a pleasant atmosphere.

Add: Kaiming Street, Haishu District, Ningbo 宁波市海曙区开明街
Admission: free
Opening Hours: all day
Getting there: Take Bus NO 15 and gets off at Dongmenkou (Tianyi Square) Station. (东门口天一广场站)

Tianyi Pavilion Museum天一阁藏书楼

Tianyi PavillionTianyi Pavilion lies on the west of the picturesque Moon Lake of Ningbo City in Zhejiang Province. It is the oldest surviving private library and museum in China, and also one of the three oldest family libraries in the world. It was built during 1561-1566, originally built as a private library for an official in the Ming Dynasty. It now holds different kinds of ancient books with 300,000 volumes. These books cover local chronicles and imperial examination records of the Ming Dynasty.

Covering an area of 16,000 square meters, Tianyi Pavilion is divided into three functional areas of book-storing culture, exhibition and gardening leisure. Today you can visit this charming place set in a quiet and tasteful surrounding and explore the historical, educational and economic development and culture of Ningbo City.

Add: NO.5, Tianyi Street, Haishu District, Ningbo 宁波市海曙区天一街5号
Admission: 30 Yuan/person
Opening Hours: 8:00-17:30 for daylight saving time and 8:00-17:00 for winter time
Getting there: Take Bus NO 2、9、10、12、14、15、19、821 and gets off at Tianyi Ge Station. (天一阁站)

Ningbo Cicheng Ancient Town Site 宁波慈城镇

Ci Cheng TownCicheng Town is 10 kilometers northwest of Ningbo City. Cicheng Town was named for commemorating a loving mother and her obedient son. Loving means Ci in Chinese hence the name. Locals there are very proud of the background of the story.

With its long history, the town is known far and wide as the “Most Charming Ancient Town South of the Yangtze River” for its beautiful scenery, the city walls and abundant cultural relics and preserved traditional buildings, like that Confucius Temple, ancient wells and memorial archways. Other famous attractions are the Ci Lake, Yun Lake, Mount Lion, Mount Dabao and Mount Qingdao.

Add: Cicheng Ancient Town,Jiangbei District, Ningbo 宁波市江北区慈城镇
Admission:20 Yuan/person for Confucius Temple, 25 Yuan/person for County Government and 30 Yuan/person for Qing Housing
Opening times: 08:00-17:00 for daylight saving time; 08:30-16:30 for winter time
Getting there: Take Bus NOs 331, 335 or 337 from Ningbo town centre and gets off at Cicheng.

Ningbo Chenghuang Temple Market 宁波城隍庙

Chenghuang Temple MarketThe market is situated in the heart of the most prosperous business zone. It was first built in 1371. Over the years, the building had been destroyed by fires, and it was reconstructed in 1884 and remains as it is now. In the temple there are traditional Zhaobi which is a big screen wall, the first big gate, the second gate and an ancient theater platform. There are also more than 30 tablets of inscriptions and ancient wells dating back to the Song Dynasty that can be seen in the temple.

The area around Chenghuang Temple has many local shops, selling clothes and accessories at relatively cheap prices! If you have a couple of hours on hand, it’s worth exploring and you may be able to find good bargains!

Add: NO 22, Xianxue Street, Haishu Distict, Ningbo 宁波市江北区慈城镇
Admission:20 Yuan/person for Confucius Temple, 25 Yuan/person for County Government and 30 Yuan/person for Qing Housing
Opening times: 08:00-18:00
Getting there: Take Bus NOs357、12、3、566 and gets off at Chenghuang Temple station.(城隍庙站)

Wulong Pond 五龙潭

Wu Long PondWulong Pond is located in Longguan Town of Yin County, approximately 35 miles away from Ningbo. The area is large with many towering mountains, tranquil valleys and crystal streams. It is also a holy place for Buddhist worshippers, with a strong emphasis on the strength and characteristics of Dragon Worship. The area is divided into four parts, including exhibition of folklore culture, sightseeing of the dragon pond and waterfalls, a leisurely area for entertainment and a recreational area for relaxation.

Wulong Pond has a long history and is famous for its five wells, 12 waterfalls and sacrifice altar for the dragons. Since ancient China, local people believed firmly that Wulong Pond blessed the people’s plea. Walking into the area, visitors will pass ponds after ponds on their way up to the waterfalls, which offer a cool and comfortable place for visitors.

For the more adventurous and serious hikers, there are hiking trails that lead up to the mountains.

Add: Longguan Town,Yin County, Ningbo 宁波市鄞县龙观乡境内
Admission:40 Yuan/person for Longtan Feipu and 40 Yuan/person for Qingyun Tianpu
Opening times: 07:30-16:30
Getting there: Take Bus NOs 369,504 and gets off at Ningxing Housing Estate, and then transfer to Wulong Tan Station(五龙潭站) by bus 638

Xikou Town for Tomb Passage of Jiang’s Mother and Mount Xuedou 蒋母墓道和雪窦山

Mount XuedouXikou Town is one of the most famous towns in Fenghua County, Ningbo. It is located on the western part of Fenghua, 20 miles southwest of Ningbo, surrounded by Wu hills, Mount Xuedou and Yan Stream. It is the hometown of Jiang Jieshi, the leader of the Kuomingtang Ruling Period. Not only it is known as a historical cultural town, but it also has stunning sceneries and features Mount Xuedou. When people talk about traveling to Xikou Town, most say it’s a must to see Mount Xuedou and the Tomb Passage of Jiang’s mother.

Mount Xuedou is notable for its beauty and natural scenery. A lot of sightseeing spots and paths dot the area, such as the Xuedou Temple and the Xuedou Waterfall that stands 610 feet. A great get-away to enjoy the pleasant and charm of nature!

The Tomb Passage for Jiang’s Mother is the burial place of Jiang Jieshi’s mother. The area is vast with several buildings for different purpose in the forests. There is a house named Ci’an(慈庵)for Jiang’s families to take a rest when visiting and sweeping the tomb. This is another quiet and charming place to take a stroll and enjoy the peaceful surrounding.

Add: Northwest part of Xikou Town, Fenghua County, Ningbo 宁波市奉化县溪口镇西北部
Admission:200 Yuan/person for the whole Xikou Scenery Zone
Opening times: 8:30:30-16:30
Getting there: Take bus at Ningbo South Bus Station from Ningbo to Xikou Town for 7 Yuan/person with about 30 minutes and it departs every 6 minutes. When in Xikou Bus Station, visitors can buy a special bus ticket for 50 Yuan/person available for the whole Xikou Scenery Zone on that very day.

Dong qian lake东钱湖

Dongqian Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Zhejiang Province, about 7 km southeast of Ningbo. Occupying an area of 22 square kilometers, Dongqian Lake consists of Guzi Lake, North Lake, and South Lake, and is 4 times as large as Hangzhou’s famous West Lake.

Dongqian Lake boasts the attractive landscape of Hangzhou’s West Lake and the magnificent breadth of Tai Lake. Surrounded by the green hills and shadowy woods, the lake has a vast body of water and a winding waterfront, blending the natural beauty of the water and the mountains. During the Yuan and Ming Dynasties, some famous scholars lived in the area secluded from the world. The Beautiful scenery of lakes and mountains add radiance and charm to each other.
Transportation: Bus No.901, 106

Ashoka temple阿育王寺

Built in 282, Asoka Temple stands at the foot of Yuwang and Mount Mao, , one of the Five Mountains honoured by Buddhism’s Chan Sect (Zen Buddhism) in China. It plays an important role in the history of Chinese Buddhism, enjoying a famous reputation among domestic and international Buddhists because a bone from the skeleton of Sakyamuni, the first Buddha, is enshrined in the temple.

Built along the hillside, the Asoka Temple is grand in size with the current building comprising over 600 halls, pavilions, and towers. The Grand Hall was rebuilt during the emperor Kangxi’s reign of the Qing Dynasty (1664-1911), in which the tablet inscribed by the emperor Qianlong hangs. The Sarira Hall was established in 1678 with double eaves and yellow glazed tile coping. The stupa with the Sykyamuni’s Sarira, inside the hall, are four cornered and five storied, carved with Buddha figures on each. Now the Asoka Temple also houses 58 carved stone inscriptions from the Tang, Song, Ming, Qing dynasties, and from the Republic of China to modern times, and among which the ’King Asoka’s (Tang Dynasty) Resident Field Stele”, stele of ’Story of Chen Kui Pavilion’ by Sushi (a famous poet in Song Dynasty), and ’the Inscription of Wonderful and Happy Spring” by Zhang Jiucheng have pride of place among all collections of the temple.

Admission: CNY 10
Transportation: Bus No.558, 556


Tianfeng Pagoda is the tallest ancient construction in Ningbo City, and a local landmark, located in Danisha Street in Haishu District. The hexagonal building was originally built in 695 in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) with a height of about 51 meters. Since then, it has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. Today this exquisite and solemn tower is famous for its long history, architectural value and ancient artifacts.

It was said that large amounts of sand and silt was piled up highly for ease of operation during the construction of the pagoda. Afterwards a great deal of silt and sand was left over, so the two streets near the pagoda acquired their names Dashani Jie (Big Sand and Silt Street) and Xiaoshani Jie (Small Sand and Silt Street). Made of wood and brick, the elaborate Tianfeng Pagoda boasts splendid cornices and fine carving, replete with elegance and dynamism.

Many precious cultural relics were unearthed at the ’Underground Palace’ of Tianfeng Pagoda including bronze dagoba, silver ingots, silver pagodas, bronze coins, bronze boxes, and a priceless silver palace model covered with gold. Among them, the most famous one is the silver palace model covered with gold, which is 49.6 cm high, 34cm wide and 24.7cm thick, and finely carved. This artwork is of great help in studying the art of building and industrial arts of the Song Dynasty, being listed as an “Exceptional Example of Chinese Culture”.

Transportation: Bus No.6, 9, 518, 809, 825

Source: internet/Ningbo Admin:Kundan Kumar