Chinese City Fact: Ningbo

Ningbo is one of the oldest cities in China and an important trading hub for the economy on the east coast of China. It started trading goods in the 7th century. Ningbo is currently in competition with Shanghai to win the race to be the port of choice on the East Coast. Historically it was one of China’s original 3 port cities along with Guangzhou and Yangzhou and became designated as one of the “Five Treaty Ports” after the Opium Wars. It has some advantages over other ports in the region in that it is a deep water port and multi-purpose (consisting of estuary, inland and coastal harbours).

As a successful port, the growth in economic growth in Ningbo has been rapid and as such, the construction of a Ningbo Eastern New City is currently underway which will had 16 square kilometres to the city and vastly improve it’s infrastructure allowing it to compete with China’s other growing cities.

Ningbophoto © 2010 Taco Witte | more info (via: Wylio)

Anna Maersk in Harborphoto © 2009 Tyler | more info (via: Wylio)

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