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Ningbo, located in the middle of China's coastline and the southeast flank of the Yangtze River Delta, is a beautiful port city with rich cultural heritage and abundant resources. It is the birthplace of the Hemudu Culture dating back to 7,000 years. Since the Tang and Song dynasties (618-1279), Ningbo has always been an important foreign trading port in China.

Ningbo is a historical and cultural city as well as a tourist spot. The famous scenic spots are the Xikou-Xuedou Mountain spot under the state protection, the Dongqian Lake is the largest fresh water lake in Zhejiang Province, the Tiantong Forest Park at the state level. Others are the Baoguo Temple, the Site of Coast Defense in Zhenhai and the Former Residences of Chiang Kai-shek in Fenghua; and the Tiantong Temple, the Temple of the King Ayu and the Xuedou Temple.

With lots of scholars, Ningbo had many first-class local schools in history, such as the School of Siming, the School of Yangming and the School of Zhedong, famous persons such as Yu Shinan, Gao Zecheng, Wang Shouren, Zhu Shunshui, Huang Zongxi, Wan Sitong, Quan Zuwang, and Zhang Huangyan, etc. Ningbo also has a tradition of book collections, as the Tianyi Pavilion Library is an outstanding library in China with a history of more than 700 years.

In addition, the unique culture has cultivated a unique art. The most well known are the bone inlay, Ning-Style furniture, colored red golden wooden carvings, colorful embroidery, so on and so forth.

Ningbo is the transportation pivot of Zhejiang Province with an advanced three-dimensional network of air, river and sea. The Leshe Airport has airlines to Hong Kong and other major cities all over China.

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