A small commercial City ----NINGBO
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I have been here for about 5 monthes, it`s not like hangzhou, everywhere have park and small pond or lake,but it more commercialized than hangzhou, but here it`s also has its own style. i will show some pics about here....
Ningbo, a laid-back, green city in coastal Zhejiang province, was a strong candidate to become the nation’s east coast financial, commercial and shipping center back in the 1980s when China began opening up to the world. Instead, that accolade was given to Shanghai. Ningbo, meanwhile, settled into a thriving niche as one of China's most successful high-tech manufacturing and import/export cities.
Ningbo’s wealth has always been related to the sea. The city’s original settlement was built at the confluence of three rivers: the Yong, Fenghua and Yuyao, which flow into the sea. This area,
known as Sanjiang Kou (Mouth of Three Rivers), is the heart of modern Ningbo, with attractive gardens, riverside walkways, bridges, retail malls
and the buzz of a city on the way up.
The grand riverfront Bund is said to predate its Shanghai counterpart by around two decades, though the area only began to develop after the British navy bludgeoned its way into Shanghai in 1842, forcing
China to concede five treaty ports—Shanghai, Xiamen, Fuzhou, Guangzhou and Ningbo—to the British, French and Americans.
Though different in style, the buildings along Ningbo’s Bund have been similarly restyled, and the area is now a thriving district of bars, restaurants and galleries. It’s also a popular location for pre-wedding photo shoots: Visitors will often see local brides and grooms, dressed in white wedding dresses and dapper suits, posing against the scenic backdrop.
Two new Bund attractions also merit a visit.
Ningbo’s cultural pride and joy is the Tianyi Pavilion, one of China’s oldest private libraries.
Zhongshan Lu, the city’s broad main boulevard, is flanked by large malls and filled with heaving traffic, much the same as its counterpart
thoroughfares in cities across coastal "new" China.
At the junction with Gongyuan Lu, the grand yellow Drum Tower is built atop an old city wall in traditional style—with slate roofs that turn upward like the bows on a ship at each end.