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About Ningbo´s History. The city's history can be traced back to the Hemudu Culture that originated 7,000 years ago. In the Xia and Shang Dynasties, about 4,000 years ago, Ningbo was known as Yin. Later, in the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC), it became part of the State of Yue. In the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC), it encompassed Yin, Mao and Gouzhang, three areas under the Kuaiji Shire. In the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), it was named Mingzhou. In 821 AD, the local authority moved towards the junction of three local rivers and built city walls, marking the establishment of today's city. In 1381 AD, the city acquired its current name of Ningbo, also known as, Calm Waves.

There are six districts under Ningbo's jurisdiction: Haishu, Jiangbei, Zhenhai, Beilun, Yinzhou and Fenghua; two county-level cities: Yuyao and Cixi; and two counties: Ninghai and Xiangshan. The city covers 9,816km2 of land (including 3,730km2 of urban area) and 8,355.8km2 at sea. As of the end of 2019, the city had a population of 8.5 million.

Located in the subtropical monsoon region, Ningbo has a mild, humid climate. Within the city, the weather varies from place to place due to differences in landscape and environment. The average temperature is around 16.4°C, with highs of 28°C in July and lows of 4.7°C in January.


City Honors

Belt and Road Comprehensive Pilot Zone
"Made in China 2025" Pilot City
China-CEEC 17+1 Trade Cooperation Demonstration Zone
Five-time Winner of National Model City of Civility Award
Top Ten Business-Friendly City in China
National Airport Economy Demonstration Zone
National Marine Economy Development Demonstration Zone
National Indigenous Innovation Demonstration Zone
National Comprehensive Insurance Innovation Pilot Zone
Comprehensive Cross-border E-commerce Demonstration Zone
National New Urbanization Pilot City
China Top Tourism City
National Model Environment Protection City
National Garden City
Top Clean City in China
National Pace Setter in Product Quality
Culture City of East Asia
The City with the Strongest Sense of Happiness in China