Ningbo, locating in the east coast of China, is a historical and cultural city which has 7,000 years of civilization and 1,200 years of city history. Since the reform and opening up, Ningbo has become one of the most developed cities.
“Cities of Charm”, are normally selected by the 10 ASEAN countries to promote the development and business opportunities in trade, investment, science and technology, culture and tourism is their respective unique cities selected. This session was first introduced at the 2nd CAEXPO held on year 2004. This year, the city of charm selected by China to represent on the coming 14th CAEXPO will be Ningbo. Let’s find out what’s interesting and what shouldn't be missed when you visit to Ningbo, China.
The Tianyi Pavilion, in Ninbo, Zhejiang Province, now known as the Ningbo Tianyi Pavilion Museum, has become an important representative of Ningbo’s historical value. It is the oldest existing private library in China, with a collection of more than 80,000 volumes of valuable books and records, and it has exerted a profound influence on other libraries in China.
Most of the rare books it contains are from block-printing or are handwritten copies of Ming works, some of them being the sole existing copy in China. The rarest of these are local chronicles and imperial examination records from the Ming, with 271 copies from the former category and 370 from the latter. There are three types of imperial examination records: the Jinshi (palace exam), Huishi (metropolitan exam), and Xiangshi (village exam), which altogether account for more than 80 percent of the current collections.
Museums in Ningbo
Ningbo Museum is the symbol of Ningbo culture. It is a comprehensive museum with geographical features, showing the history of humanities and arts. Ningbo Museum costs 250,000,000 yuan, covering an area of 60 mu (40,000 square meters) with 303,250,000 sq m of building areas.
Ningbo Museum is a place for learning about the past and present of Ningbo, China and the world.
Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Address: No 1000, Shounan Middle Road, Yinzhou district
Add: No 1000, Shounan Middle Street,Yinzhou district, Ningbo, Zhejiang province
Surrounded by successive green mountains and beautiful scenery, there is a brilliant pearl glittering in southeast suburbs of Ningbo downtown, Dongqian Lake by name. It is harmoniously melted with the grace of West Lake and the verve of Taihu Lake, said Guo Moruo, a well-known Chinese litterateur.
Dongqian Lake, a typical natural lake, is the largest freshwater lake in Zhejiang province, which was dredged and renovated in several dynasties. Now it covers an area of 20 square kilometers and has a perimeter of 45 km with a length of 8.5 km from the north to the south and a width of 4.5 km from the west to the east. Its reservoir capacity reaches 33.9 million cubic meters, almost three times as much as that of the West Lake in Hangzhou.
Hemudu site: Living exhibit of Neolithic Age. Exhibits of primitive life are not always confined to a showcase. At the Hemudu Cultural Site Museum in Yuyao city, Zhejiang province, visitors can delve into the wilds to experience a way of life long past.
A replica of wild fields at the site is open to tourists to explore the life of a tribe that was active 7,000 years ago when people hunted wild animals, cultivated rice and fished in the area's rivers and lakes.
Huts and wells dot the meadow where various plants bloom, while timbers and rails remind visitors of the structures of the Neolithic Age. Pillars supporting crossed beams show the mortise and tenon joint techniques used at the time.
Grains, birds and the sun are major motifs in objects discovered at the site. Among the more than 3,000 items from early Hemudu people discovered in the 1970s during excavations is a depiction of a legendary bird of prey spreading its wings.
Other items include remains of rice kernels, ceramic fragments with carbonized rice and husks, wooden joints, ivory artifacts in the shape of birds and ivory carved plates with sun motifs.
The field also features a display of family and kinship of the Hemudu people, illustrating that their life may have been primitive, but their affections and emotions were not. Mothers were encouraged to bear more children to make a thriving family, while the fathers worked very hard to harvest grain, hunt animals and spear fish to feed them. Parents took great care to protect their children from the dangers of wild animals