Ningbo weaves the modern with the ancient, with the city's main square, Tian Yi, neighboring a shopping mall, revolving restaurant and exquisite temples. The Lao Waitan nightlife district functions as a modern re-creation of Xintiandi in Shanghai, with a number of Shanghai's popular chain restaurants and clubs having a branch. Indian and Vietnamese cuisine is well-represented alongside Ningbo's local seafood style, known as "Yong cuisine".
Ningbo is one of China’s modern, coastal cities, but it has a rich history that dates back several millennia to the birth of the Hemudu Culture. One of the city’s major sites is Baoguo Temple, a grand wooden temple that dates back more than a thousand years and was built without nails. Locals insist birds never nest in its rafters and that insects won’t venture inside. Other worthwhile sites are Tianfeng Pagoda, originally built in the 7th century, and Tianyi Pavilion. The latter houses China’s oldest private library.
The 35th floor revolving restaurant in the center of town provides spectacular views of the city, its main park - Moon Lake - and the meeting of the Three River Mouths. Ningbo Airport receives regular flights from Shanghai and Beijing, but it doesn’t operate any international routes. Trains and buses from Shanghai take three to four hours to arrive.