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Just two hours from Shanghai, you'll find the ancient city of Ningbo, famed for its seafood and long history. Unexpectedly modern life here is vibrant and full of street musicians, coffee culture, and friendly residents.
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Tianyi Square, Haishu, Ningbo, Zhejiang, China, 315000
You can't miss Tainyi Square in Ningbo, and the huge space is great for an evening stroll. There are always multiple happenings here, too: a clown entertaining kids, laser facial demonstrations, concerts, food stands, and more. In the summer, the...
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183 Baizhang Rd, CaiHong GuangChang, Jiangdong Qu, Ningbo Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China, 315000
Stepping past the heavy doors into the thick, stone-walled courtyard of Qita Temple, it's hard not to notice the hustle and bustle of Ningbo's city life melting away. The feeling continues when monks scurry by, immersed in their own world. Like...
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Zhongma Rd, Jiangbei Qu, Ningbo Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China, 315000
This lovely, riverside chapel lights up like a beacon. Originally built in the 1600's, it was later reconstructed, and still has a daily mass. Revelers tend to mill about the entrance, yet inside, it's serene and inviting for those looking to...
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Visiting Moon Lake is a must. The surrounding gardens are meticulously carved by stone paths and old, twisted trees. Historical buildings by moats transport you back to another time, but you can also rent a boat to paddle about.
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60 Yanyue St, Haishu Qu, Ningbo Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China, 315000
Built entirely from wood, this seafood eatery resembles something out of ancient China. Underneath the hum of happy diners, the building creaks and thumps like a living creature. The counter of the open kitchen is a rich display of fresh seafood...
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336 Zhenming Rd, Haishu Qu, Ningbo Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China, 315000
Ganesha Indian is one of the city's top restaurants—illustrating Ningbo's international flair. British expats swear by its curry selection, and the naan is fluffy and warm. Bhangra music plays downstairs, while the upstairs area has couches that...
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Qianfeng Alley, Yinzhou Qu, Ningbo Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China, 315000
Excellent coffee, a large wine selection, and a functional furniture shop (with walls lined with ceramic animal heads) surely make an interesting mix. The coffee is serious business, too: The employees themselves regularly conduct coffee tastings....
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50 Rixin St, TianYi GuangChang, Haishu Qu, Ningbo Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China, 315000
Chinese malls often have little, independent tea shops and stands. This one is in Tesco. Aside from regular tea, there's a large selection of fruit teas, and even bulk lavender. A quick guide to some of the tea names: 绿茶 lǜ chá green tea 乌龙茶 wū...
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48 Fuqiao St, GuLou, Haishu Qu, Ningbo Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China, 315000
What a perfect start to the day: Drum Tower Traveler's Coffee. The selection is serious and the desserts delicious. There are a lot of tasty banana items here, too: particularly a banana-espresso-ice cream dessert. Be sure to visit the second...
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183 Baizhang Rd, CaiHong GuangChang, Jiangdong Qu, Ningbo Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China, 315000
After wandering around Qita Temple, be sure to visit the many temple supply shops outside the gates. You'll find everything one needs to build a Buddhist shrine: Gold buddhas, candles, red dishes, offerings, and more. Some stores sell the same...