Well, before I came to this place, honestly I have no idea what does this city has. I have already planned to come to this city since 2014, only because my best friends were there, studying in one of the most elite university in Ningbo, The Nottingham University. So yes, that's the only thing I know about Ningbo, Nottingham the fancy University. (And FYI, my friends are already leaving Ningbo before I got to visit them)
So, other than the university, all I knew about Ningbo are only about how small this city is (compare to Shanghai, I mean, HAHAHA, no offense) and how close it is to Putuoshan Island （普陀山）.
But turns out, there's so much more about it.
First thing we do when we reached the place is to have lunch (It was a two hour trip by bus from Shanghai). Nothing special with the lunch, but there's something so interesting with the place we had it. This place called Hangzhou Bay Wetland Park (Don't ask me why does it called Hangzhou Bay instead of Ningbo Bay). But anyway, you can find a lot of incredible scenery from the authentic Chinese buildings, lakes, the insta worthy thatch grass field to the Windmill. We even got the chance to take the boat to see around. A lot of green and fresh weather, what can be better than this?
At night, our school took us to a carnival called "Nice". Me and my friends were doubting about the carnival at first, since the name was too simple, but it turns out to be awesome! Apparently Nice Carnival is the world largest and most famous carnival (I feel bad, not knowing this), and this year the carnival theme is "The King of Space", that's why you can see the NASA Parade Car and the cute mini Darth Vader in my pictures. The Nice Carnival is one of the most important carnival in France, so that's explain why most of the performers are foreigners instead of Chinese.
The second day morning, we went to Tianyi Pavilion. It's the oldest existing library in China. Founded in 1561 by Fan Qin during the Ming dynasty. But this library isn't just a library. It was built like a complex of houses with huge beautiful garden. As a big fans of book, I would love to spend my day reading books in this kinda library.
Unfortunately, we only had about one hour to strolling this place since we need to have lunch, and our next stop is a bit far from the city.
In the afternoon, we went to Fenghua Xikou Xuedou Mountain.
It's a mountain with a buddhist temple on the top of it. We didn't really climbed the mountain since we don't have enough time for it, so our bus parked not so far from the gate of the temple.
The temple is consist of individual buildings where people from different places came to pray. The architecture and construction are amazing, along with the beautiful view of the mountain. There's hundred of stairs to reach the top of the temple where the big copper Laughing Buddha statue sit on.
*NOTE: Please be aware that while it is alright to take photos of the grounds of the temple, the huge copper Laughing Buddha and all other statues and structures, but it is not acceptable to take photos inside the individual temple buildings as they are a place of worship.
This place marks the end of our trip.
Anyway, what I love more about Ningbo is because I got to travel with my friends, get to know them more, and made a beautiful memories with them. We even get the chance to celebrated our friend birthday there.
What a lovely trip!
Aside from the places we visit, I found that Ningbo has a better weather, adorable natural view, and more cultural sites to explore compare to Shanghai.
I think it would be best if we can spent more days here and visiting Putuoshan.
So.. maybe, see u next time, Ningbo?