Category Archives: Ninghai

Yugang Bao’s old house

Bao’s family donated a lot to the education in China. There’s a middle schoold in Shanghai, and a universtiy in Ningbo started by Bao’s family. He donated 60 million to build the Ningbo University.


Here we introduce two old houses of Yugang Bao, one in Ningbo, another in Shanghai.

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old house of bao yugang

From 1946 to 1948, Bao lived in this building, which locates at No.2 Wuyi Road, Tang shan village, Shanghai, China.

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old house in shanghai

Ninghai Forest Hot Springs Resort

Chinese: 宁海森林温泉

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Considered by many to be one of China’s best hot springs, this natural spring bubbles from the ground at 49.5 degrees Celsius and contains more than 20 minerals and micro-elements. Mineral baths are considered beneficial to the health.

The hillside resort offers numerous pools of different temperatures, some near outcroppings of rock, some under shade trees.

Though the cold-weather peak season for hot springs has past (thankfully), hundreds of tourists a day still visit. Be prepared.

Address: Shenzhen Town(Chinese: 深甽镇)

Admission: 168 yuan (for bathing)

Tel: 0574-6523-0777

How to get there:

Take a coach/bus to Ninghai, then a bus/coach to Shenzhen town. Call for a pick-up shuttle.

If you drive: Take Tongsan Expressway and exit Ninghai — Plum Forest — Shenzhen Town. Follow directions to Ninghai Hot Springs.

King Asoka Temple





Located 20 km east of Ningbo on the Asoka Mountain, the King Asoka Temple(Chinese:阿育王寺 ) is one of the most famous Zen Buddhist temples in China (and the world) because of its pagoda of Buddhist relics. The temple is over 1700 years old, and took its name from the Indian King Asoka (it’s the only one in China). The building is huge, covering 80,000 sq. m, and has over 600 halls and pavilions. The most famous part of the temple is the “Relic Hall” (舍利殿), which has golden glazed tiles adorning the roof. There is also a sculpture of something called the “Four Heavenly Guardians” and a brick carving of the “Sixteen Princes”. There are also a ton of other historical sites to visit in the area, including the Fodao Pavilion (佛道亭) and Buddha’s Footprint Rock (佛足迹巨石). It is quite nice and cool here during the summer too.

Address: Wuxiangzhen, Yinzhou District, Ningbo (Chinese:地址:浙江宁波市鄞州区五乡镇 )

Opening hours: 8:30 – 18: 00Price: 5 RMB

Getting there: ride the No. 155 bus straight to the temple

Qiantong Ancient Town

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There are many ancient towns south of the Yangtze River. Some are commercialized replicas, with neon lights illuminating historic pagodas. Some are authentic, or at least partially authentic, having been rebuilt several times in the span of hundreds of years.

Qiantong Ancient Town(Chinese:前童古镇) is an authentic experience. It originated in the 13th century and comprises more than 1,300 traditional-style houses, most of them built in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

The town was sited and laid out according to the ancient principles of fengshui, or geomancy, to take advantage of positive energy and the natural environment. The town is octagon-shaped — eight being an auspicious number in Chinese philosophy. A stream encircling the center of town provides water for household laundry and vegetable washing today as it did in the past.

Some of the residences are quite grand, with courtyards and cobblestone paths in elaborate patterns. Many weathered beams overhead still bear the intricate carvings of yesteryear.