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Ningbo is located at the middle part of China's coastline and south flank of the Yangtze River Delta, bordering on Shanghai and Hangzhou.

Ningbo is one of the cities opening up to the outside world, an independently planning-city enjoying the same rights as those of a provincial government in economic management, "a large city" entitled to formulate local laws and regulations, and a famous historic city with rich cultural heritage. It covers an area of 9,672 sq.km and has a population of 5.604 million. The jurisdiction of Ningbo City encompasses two counties (Xiangshan and Ninghai), three county-level cities (Yuyao, Cixi and Fenghua) and six urban districts (Haishu, Jiangdong, Jiangbei, Zhenhai, Beilun and Yinzhou) .

Ningbo boasts a long history. It is the birthplace of the "Neolithic Hemudu Culture" dating back more than 7,000 years. Ningbo has been a well-known key port for foreign trade ever since ancient time. Ningbo ranked with Yangzhou and Guangzhou as the three biggest ports for foreign trade in Tang Dynasty and with Guangzhou and Quanzhou in Song Dynasty. After the First Opium War, Ningbo had been one of the five commercial ports opened to the Western countries. Ningbo port has become one of the important ports in China. Its cargo handling capacity reached 310 million tonnages in 2006, ranking second among the ports in the mainland of China, and its container handling capacity amounted to 7.062 million TEU.

Enjoying sound conditions for economic development, the social economy of Ningbo has been developed rapidly since opening up to the outside world. In 2006, the city GDP reached 286.45 billion RMB yuan, the GDP per capita 51285 RMB, the revenue 56.12 billion RMB yuan .The average disposable income of urban dwellers grew to 19,673 RMB yuan and the net income of rural population climbed to 8700 RMB yuan. Nowadays, Ningbo has become an important industrial city and foreign trade port in east China, a key city and chemical industrial base in Yangtze Delta and an economic center of Zhejiang Province.

Ningbo enjoys subtropical monsoon climate featuring mild temperature, moderate humidity and distinctive seasons. The city is an ideal tourist place with culture monuments and historical sites.



A DAY IN NINGBO
GDP 784.79 million yuan
The fiscal revenue 153.75 million yuan
The total amount of society consumable retail 204.00million yuan
Total export value 115.64 million dollors
Cargo throughput 849,300 Tons
Quantity of container throughput 19,3644 TEU
Consumed electricity volume 86.03 million kw/h
Number of foreign visitors 1,486 person-time
 
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