Ningbo is made up of the city proper as well as surrounding cities and counties. These counties and county-level cities quite far away, but they all have their own charm. For tourists from Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shanghai, they are good destinations for a weekend tour. The Haishu District, from the Moon Lake to the Sanjiangkou, is the oldest part of Ningbo and the most important and prosperous area. Tianyi Pavilion, Town’s God Temple and Tianyi Square are all located in this area. In the suburbs, attractions such as Dongqian Lake, Zhaobaoshan Mountain, and King Ashoka Temple can be found. The cities of Cixi and Yuyao are located in the northwest of Ningbo. The former includes Hangzhou Bay and Dapeng Mountain, while the latter is home to the Hemudu site, where visitors can learn more about the origin of Ningbo. Fenghua and Ninghai Counties are located in the southwest of Ningbo, the former known for being the hometown of Chiang Kai-shek. The latter has the Zhedong Grand Canyon and Qiantong Ancient Town, which are unique and worth a visit.
The famous seaside area, Xiangshan, is located on the southeast coast of Ningbo. The oldest and most famous collection of books in China, which is located in the Tianyi Pavilion, as well as the Ningbo Old Bund in Sanjiangkou are the landmarks of the city. Ningbo has two famous lakes - Moon Lake and Dongqian Lake. Whether you’re taking a walk around Moon Lake or rafting in or cycling around Dongqian Lake, all are good choices for tourists. The surrounding attractions in Ningbo are scattered, so you can choose to explore according to your personal preferences and time. Visitors may be interested in heading to Fenghua Xikou to see the former residence of Chiang Kai-shek, climbing Xudou Mountain, going to Ninghai's Qiantong Ancient Town and Zhedong Grand Canyon, or heading to Xiangshan's Shipu fishing port.
Ningbo has a climate typical of the Jiangnan region of China, with distinctive four seasons. The spring and autumn are the best seasons for travelling because of the pleasant temperatures, while the period from May to October is a great time to head to Xiangshan and enjoy seafood. Xiangshan has a famous fishing port in Zhejiang, the Shipu Fishing Port, and it is also a seaside resort in the summer. In June, visitors can go to Cixi to pick bayberries and drink wine made from them.
The hotels in Ningbo’s city center are mostly located in Haishu District. Many choose to stay near Tianyi Square and Chenghuang Temple because many different types of hotels can be found there. There are not only cultural attractions like the Tianyi Pavilion, but also shopping malls and snack streets. Jiangbei District is home to many old buildings, as well as bars and cafes. The Old Bund is also located here, and checking out the night scenery of the Minjiang River is a favorite pastime of young people. Unfortunately, there are not many hotels in this area so people often travel back to Jiangbei or Haishu for accommodation. Fortunately, the city’s transportation network is developed and it’s convenient to get around.