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Brief Introduction to Ningbo
    

    Ningbo, called Yong for short, is located midway on the eastern coast of China, in the South of the Yangtze River Delta and the east part of Zhejiang province(28º51'-30º33N and 120º55'-122º16E). It is naturally sheltered by Zhoushan Archipelago in the east, borders on Hangzhou Bay in the north, neighbors on the city of Shaoxing in the west, and faces Sanmen Bay in the south, adjacent to the city of Taizhou.

    Ningbo has enjoyed a history of over 7,000 years. The Neolithic Hemudu Culture Ruins show that Ningbo is one of the birthplaces of rice planting on the earth. Ningbo was called  Yin  in the Xia Dynasty (before 2000 B.C.), was within the boundary of the state of Yue during the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 B.C.), including three counties of Yin, Mao and Gouzhang under the jurisdiction of Kuaiji Prefecture in the Qin Dynasty (221-206 B.C.), and called Mingzhou in the Tang Dynasty (618-907A.D.). In the year of 821, the prefecture seat of Mingzhou was moved to the three-river-junctionand set up an inner city, which marked the foundation of the city. In the year of 1381, the city got the presentname?Ningbo, which means  calm wave.

    Ningbo offers a subtropical monsoon climate, featuring mild temperatures, moderate humidity and distinct seasons. The annual average temperature is 16.4ºC, with hottest month, July(28ºC in average) and the coldest one, January(4.7º in average). No-frost season lasts 230-240 days a year. The annual average precipitation is around1,400mm, of which the precipitation in the months from May to September accounts for 60%.

 

    Under Ningbos jurisdiction, there are six urban districts of Haishu, Jiangdong, Jiangbei, Zhenhai, Beilun and Yinzhou, three county-level cities of Yuyao, Cixi and Fenghua, and two counties of Xiangshan and Ninghai. Ningbo covers a total area of 9,816 km2, with a population of  5.8 million,. And the urban districts cover 2,462 km2, with 2.28 million people.

 

    Ningbo has always been an important foreign trading port in China. Today, Ningbo is a city with the same rights as a province in economic planning and management, a sub-provincial-level city further opening up to the rest of the world, and a  “fairly large city” entitled to formulate local laws and regulations.


    Since the implementation of reform and opening-up policies, Ningbo has witnessed rapid economic and social development. In 2013 Ningbo's GDP reached 712.8 billion yuan. Its revenue income reached 79.28 billion yuan. Its import and export total $211.9 billion, The annual per capita disposable income of urban dwellers averaged 41,729 yuan.The annual average per capita net income of rural residents reached 20,534 yuan.

 

    Ningbo has built a solid foundation and enjoys favorable conditions for its further development. Ningbo Beilun Port is one of 4 international deep-water transshipment ports on Mainland China. Its throughput of cargo reached 496 million tons and the containers, over 16.8 million TEU in 2013. Ningbo has not only maintained its traditional industries such as garment, textile and machinery, but also developed large-scale port industries such as petrochemicals, iron & steel, electricity and paper-making industries.

    Ningbo Economic & Technical Development Zone, Daxie Island Development Zone and Ningbo Free Trade Zone, all at the state-level, are being operated in accordance with international practices.

 

   

 

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