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Location and travel

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 over 9,000 square kilometres, Ningbo is a rapidly growing city. The city is a unique mix of modern sky-scrapers and traditional architecture, complimented with stunning parkland and scenic spots, making it a place for all. 

Ningbo's excellent transport links mean that it is an ideal location to explore and one from which to open up the vast delights that both China and Asia have to offer.



Ningbo outdoors

Ningbo is a particularly green city and none more so than in Yinzhou District where the University is based. The University is right opposite Higher Education Park, a mile long area of parkland and lake which surrounds the universities in Yinzhou.

Yinzhou Park is a short walk from the campus, housing a large lake and boats to take out. There’s also a restaurant on the water and an Art Museum, not forgetting the fake mountain.

Dongqian Lake, arguably Ningbo's most popular tourist spot is located around 10km from the University campus. Here, visitors can find the largest freshwater lake in the whole of Zhejiang Province, a number of tourist sites and cycling tracks. It’s often a great way to spend a summer’s day.



There are a range of sports facilities on campus, open to all students, from serious athletes to casual competitors. Outdoor facilities include a 400-metre track, an athletics field, badminton courts, basketball courts, a grass football pitch, synthetic tennis courts and volleyball courts. 

Indoor facilities include badminton courts, a basketball court, rooms for gymnastics, table tennis, taekwondo and wushu, a volleyball court and a sports theory classroom. Several swimming pools are within walking distance of the campus and nearby parks are popular with runners. 

Tri-Campus Games

If you want to get involved in competitive sport, there are lots of opportunities including the annual Tri-Campus Games. Students from our campuses in China, Malaysia and the UK compete for the Tri-Campus title. The games are held on a different campus each year and are a huge event in the University's sporting calendar.



Culture is something there is an abundance of in Ningbo. It is well known within China and abroad for the establishment of the Hemudu culture approximately 7000 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.


Nights out

Many international styled pubs and bars reside in an area called Laowaitan, Ningbo's 'Old Bund'. Laowaitan is an area of Ningbo situated next to the river, offering international cafes, restaurants and bars. The cobbled streets are frequently occupied by students and Ningbo’s expat community.

In addition to the bars and smaller style clubs located in Laowaitan and Heyi Avenue, Ningbo possesses a club scene with the likes of TNT, A8 and Victoria Fashion Club favourite destinations. These are popular with Ningbo's younger generation and are good options for some dance music.


Shopping and dining

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.

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.

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.



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