Ningbo is a clean, medium-sized Chinese city with plenty of modern conveniences and a lot of history. Bamboo forests and hills surrounding Ningbo are home to world-class temples and historical sites.
The city sits on China's eastern coastline, in Zhejiang Province, with Hangzhou Bay to the north. The location is great for travel to nearby sights: Shanghai is two hours away; Hangzhou just over an hour.
One of China's oldest cities, Ningbo has a history dating back to 4800 BC. Locals are proud of the fact that Shanghai was first populated by people who migrated north from Ningbo. Ningbo was known as a trade city on the silk road and still retains its status as a major port city today.
Mandarin is the most commonly used and understood language, though some local residents still speak a dialect of Wu Chinese.