Fly To Ningbo, China
Literally meaning, ‘serene waves’, Ningbo is a seaport city at the midpoint of the Chinese coastline. It is one of the most developed cities in Zejiang Province and lies just south of the famous Hangzhou Bay. But although its modern face is one of development and beautiful beaches, Ningbo is also steeped in Chinese history.
As one of China’s oldest cities, Ningbo has seen the rise and fall of many dynasties and represents the birthplace of the Hemudu Culture – one that is over 7000 years old. It was known as a trade city along the renowned Silk Road. Sandwiched between low-lying mountains and the sea, this city is not only surrounded by beautiful scenery, but its architecture in historic temples is also a sight to behold.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do need a Visa to visit Ningbo, China. A single entry Visa costs R250 and takes 4 working days to issue, but the process can be sped up if you pay an additional fee. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after you return.
- The South African Embassy in the People’s Republic of China is situated near Nongzhan Bridge in Beijing. 5 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Beijing, 100600. Phone: + 86 10 8532 0000. The South Africa Consulte-General is located in Shanghai at 27th Floor, Room 2705/5, 222 Yan An Road East, Shanghai. Phone: +86 21 5359 4977. Shanghai is only 220km from Ningbo.
See and do
Visit China’s oldest surviving library, Tianya Pavilion. It is more than 430 years old and sits beside the beautiful Moon Lake in Ningbo. The Tianyi Chamber is particularly special and so are the gardens and buildings around the back.
Dongqian Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake in Zhejiang Province and is roughly four times the size of the famous West Lake in Hangzhou. A trip here will reward you not only with the lake’s beautiful and peaceful scenery, but also the magnificent Xiauy Buddhist Temple, the history of which is more than 800 years old.
Continue on your journey to discover the incredible temples of Ningbo with a visit to Tiantong Temple. Situated inside Tiantong's National Forest Park, it’s surrounded by thick woods and tall bamboo trees. Asoka Temple is another beautiful sight, but the most inspiring temple of the city is definitely Baoguo Temple. It’s the oldest and best-preserved wooden structure in South China and the main hall dates back to 1013.
Take your historical journey even further back with a visit to the Hemudu Site. This is where some of the first people cultivated rice in China and you can visit the exhibition area and see the original excavation site to get a glimpse into the historic culture.
For shopping, restaurants and entertainment, the outer skirts of the city’s biggest square, Tianyi Square, is definitely the place to go. But don’t forget to enjoy at least one meal along Lao Waitan, or The Old Bund as it sits right on the water’s edge.
Ningbo Lishe International Airport – NGB
Food and beverage: Chinese and Western Restaurants in waiting hall and cafes in the departures and arrivals halls.
Currency Exchange: There are machines for drawing money in the local currency but it is uncertain whether there is a money changing facility. You can definitely do this in town.
Airport Hotels: Airport Xiangyue Hotel. Close-by are Sofitel Wanda Ningbo, Howard Johnson Plaza Ningbo and Nanyuan Universe Deluxe Hotel.
Airport Hub: Ningbo Lishe International Airport (code NGB) is a hub for Air China.