An International Port City
Ningbo is a major departure port of the ancient Mariıtime Silk Road and porcelain trade. President Xi Jinping once remarked that Ningbo stood as a living monument to the past interactions of the ancient Silk Road.Ever since the Ningbo-Zhoushan Port started integrated operation, it has risen to be the most important trunk port in global ocean shipping and one of China’s major national hub ports. The port nowadays serves as a key iron ore transfer base, crude oil transfer base, and liquid chemical storage and transportation base in China. It is as well a critical coal and grain storage and transportation base in East China.The Ningbo-Zhoushan Port is considered a principal gateway to the global shipping and trade network as it is connected to more than 240 international shipping routes that serve more than 600 ports in 100+ countries and regions.
With investment and trade ties with more than 220 countries (regions) and sister cities agreement with more than 100 foreign cities, Ningbo is among the most open cities in China. It is the eighth city in China to register more than 100 billion USI) of foreign trade. the ninth to achieve more than 50 billion USD of paid-in foreign investment, the first to accomplish more than 10 billion yuan of annual cross-border import volume,and the fourth sub-provincial city to have more than 10 billion USD of outbound investment.In the last few years, Ningbo has been focusing on deepening cooperation with Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) and other Belt and Road Initiative countries. In 2019,the State
Council approved the annual hosting of China-CEEC Expo in Ningbo as a national-level international event every June.The framework plan for building the China (Zhejiang) Free Trade Pilot Zone Joint Innovation Zone was published in the same year. Ningbo is working towards building itself into a highland of opening up to the outside world in higher levels and better quality.
A Stronghold of Manufacturing
Ningbo enjoys strong development of smart manufacturing. With its comprehensive cover-up of industries in the supply chain, it is one of the seven major petrochemical bases, seven major new materials bases, four major home appliances bases,and three major apparel bases in China. The city is also known exclusively as the capital of nine industries in China, including that of industrial mold and
stationery. In total, ten national-level development zones are set up in Ningbo, including the Ningbo National Hi-tech Zone.Ningbo National Airport Economy Demonstration Zone,and Meishan Bonded Area.Ningbo has more provincial-level development zones and special customs supervision zones than any other city in Zhejiang.Private economy prospers in Ningbo as the city boosts entrepreneurship and innovation.Currently.there are 1.019 million business entities, among which 39 are national champions in their respective industries,the highest number in Chinese cities.
Ningbo continues to invest more in industrial innovation at the meantime, which is echoed by an increase of 58.6% in tech-related government expenditure in 2019. R&D expenses in industrial entities with an annual main business revenue at or higher than 20 million yuan increased by 13.7% in the same year,while the increase of outputs from newly- developed products outpaced that of total industry by 6.7 percentage points,accounting for 92.3% of increase of total output.
A Harmonious and Beautiful City
Ningbo is bordered by the East China Sea, surrounded by mountain ranges, and crisscrossed by three rivers,the Yao River, Fenghua River,and Yong River. It features both the beauty of a riverside city in southern Yangtze River region and a coastal city.Ningbo is home to Siming Mountains National Forestry Park, Dongqian Lake National Tourism Resort,and Hangzhou Bay National Wetland Park,among other attractions.In recent years, eco-protection has been further enhanced in Ningbo: 37% of the city is covered by green areas;enjoys the reputation of a National Garden City,a National Forest City,and a National Model City of Environmental Protection; 87.7% of days has good air quality; 100% of water at county and municipal freshwater preserves meets cleanliness standards.
Ningbo is also Zhejiang ‘s only five-time consecutive winner of National Model City of Civility Award, accomplished only by six cities countrywide.A resident, a businessperson, or a tourist,whatever your identity in this city is, you will feel the friendship of the caring people of Ningbo from their good manners as a result of education,from clean streets and communities with good tastes in both urban and rural areas,and from high-quality public services that emphasize both the rule of law and uplifted moral standards.