Ningbo for Families
Collected by Peter Sands
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.
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...
Zhuangzhongshan Rd, Yuyao Shi, Ningbo Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China
The Chinese believe ghosts haunt people, not buildings. They also believe ghosts can't follow a person around a corner. For these reasons, you'll find complex bridges all over China, though Ningbo seems to have more than usual. Perhaps because it...
Drum Tower, Haishu, Ningbo, Zhejiang, China, 315000
The Drum Tower, though rebuilt many times, originally stood in the center of ancient Ningbo, 1100 years ago. You can climb to the top and look out over the city, imagining it as it might have been back then. Be sure to admire the base. A small...
China, Zhejiang, Ningbo Shi, Jiangbei Qu, LaoWaiTan, Zhongma Rd, 83号-85 邮政编码: 315000
If you're craving some Western comfort food, here's your spot. Need a chili-cheese hot dog? Done. While the menu is huge, everything is delicious. Tasty sits in the middle of the Laowaitan drinking street, so the customers are lively. Head to the...
Qianhu N Rd, Yinzhou Qu, Ningbo Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China, 315000
Grandma's house is a well-known Ningbo staple. It's located a bit outside the city, in INCity Mall. Lines can be long, but while you wait, dine on unlimited oranges and toss the peels into provided tin buckets. Once inside, you'll find it low-lit...
China, Zhejiang Sheng, Ningbo Shi, Haishu Qu, 车桥街69号 邮政编码: 315000
Every night around 10 p.m., seemingly half of Ningbo floods this tiny shop, fighting over the last loaf of bread. If you can fight your way in, the sponge cakes filled with cream are a tasty delight. The small bread with currants is also...
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...
Ri Xing Lu, Cixi Shi, Ningbo Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China
Located right by the Westin Hotel, this coffee shop provides a nice alternative to the ubiquitous Starbucks. Perhaps what's best is the decor: "Trees" stand all over, and bookshelves brim with books and magazines. When you order your joe, the...
54 Hutong St, GuLou, Haishu Qu, Ningbo Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China, 315000
It's still rare to find a small shop selling its own line of products in China. That's why Bopu is such a pleasant surprise. The owner, who speaks English, sells cute treats like animal mittens (we spotted sleeping penguins), cell-phone cases...
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