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Ningbo Rail Transit

Currently there’re two lines are working now. Four other lines are under construction.

The line No.1 went from eastern to the western, the line No.2 went from the northeast (Ningbo University, Chinese: 宁波大学) to the southwest(Ningbo lishe airport, Chinese:宁波栎社机场), the two lines meet at the center of the city: Gulou(Chinese: 鼓楼)

Ningbo Rail Transit lines
Ningbo Rail Transit lines

Some stops you may pay visiting for travelling:
Line1:

  1. Liang&Zhu (Chinese: 梁祝)
  2. South Gate (Chinese: 西门口)
  3. GuLou (Chinese: 鼓楼)
  4. East Gate (Chinese: 东门口)
  5. Cherry Park (Chinese: 樱花公园)

Line2:

  1. Ningbo University (Chinese: 宁波大学)
  2. Lulin (wholesale for sea foods, Chinese: 路林)
  3. Bund bridge(Chinese: 外滩大桥)
  4. GuLou (Chinese: 鼓楼)
  5. Ningbo east railway station (Chinese: 宁波东站)
  6. Passenger Center (Chinese: 客运中心)
  7. Ningbo Lishe international airport (Chinese: 宁波栎社国际机场)

Geographic of Ningbo

Ningbo, one of the richest cities in east China’s Zhejiang Province, with a population of 5.8 million, boasts beautiful landscaping, a flourishing culture and tasty food. The city across Hangzhou Bay has become a more and more popular weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai.

Geographical Position:

Ningbo bounded on the east by the East China Sea and Zhoushan Archipelago, on the north by Hangzhou Bay, on the west by Shaoxing, and on the south by Taizhou.

Land area:

9,816 km2 including 531 islands accounting for 524 km2 of the total.

Climate:

Ningbo has a subtropical monsoon climate, featuring mild temperatures, moderate humidity and four distinctive seasons. The mean annual temperature is 16.4 degrees Celsius with monthly daily averages ranging from 4.7 degrees in January and 28 in July. Ningbo receives an average annual rainfall of around 1,480 millimeters, 60 percent of which comes between May and September.

Transportation

• Bridges
Since the late 1980s, 16 bridges have been built across the city’s three major rivers and another 27 are under construction.

Hangzhou Bay Bridge, a combination cable-stayed bridge and causeway across Hangzhou Bay, opened to the public on May 1, 2008. This bridge connects Shanghai and Ningbo. It is considered the longest trans-oceanic bridge in the world. It is the world’s second-longest bridge, after the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway in Louisiana, United States.

• Sea

The port of Ningbo is one of the world’s busiest ports, ranked 2nd by cargo tonnage in 2008, and 7th in TEU.

• Air

Ningbo Lishe International Airport has regularly scheduled domestic and international flights.

Railway

Three railway lines intersect in Ningbo: the Xiaoshan–Ningbo Railway (Xiaoyong Line), which runs west to Hangzhou, the Ningbo–Taizhou–Wenzhou (Yongtaiwen) Railway, which runs south to Wenzhou, and the Hangzhou–Ningbo High-Speed Railway, which runs parallel to the Xiaoyong Line providing high-speed railway service. It takes around 2 hours by high-speed train from Shanghai to Ningbo.

Hangzhou Bay Bridge

Hangzhou Bay Bridge (simplified Chinese: 杭州湾大桥; traditional Chinese: 杭州灣大橋; pinyin: Hángzhōu Wān Dàqiáo) is a highway bridge with a cable-stayed portion across Hangzhou Bay in the eastern coastal region of China. It connects the municipalities of Jiaxing and Ningbo in Zhejiang province.
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Construction of the bridge was completed on June 14, 2007. The bridge was opened to public May 1, 2008 at a cost of 11.8 billion yuan, after a considerable period of testing and evaluation. The bridge shortened the highway travel distance between Ningbo and Shanghai from 400 km to 180 km and reduced travel time from 4 to 2 hours. At 35.673 km in length, Hangzhou Bay Bridge was among the ten longest trans-oceanic bridges.

The Hangzhou Bay Bridge is of the cable stayed bridge form. This form was chosen for this project because of the strength of the cable stayed bridge in adverse conditions. The bridge was constructed in the Qiantang River and Yangtze River Deltas and Hangzhou Bay, which all experience some of the highest tidal bore forces on the planet. The location of the bridge is also prone to earthquakes, as well as extremely high winds during typhoon season.

For more detail about Structural Description of this bridge, please refer to Hangzhou Bay Bridge in wiki.

Service centre of Hangzhou Bay Bridge
A 10,000-square-metre (110,000 sq ft) service centre called Land between the Sea and the Sky (Chinese: 海天一洲, Pinyin: Hǎitiān Yīzhōu) is built in the middle of the bridge. This centre contains a resting area, a restaurant, a gas station, a hotel, a conference room, and a lookout tower, which serves as a tourist attraction to watch the tide. The service centre is built on an island, which is a platform resting on piers to avoid obstructing the sea current in the bay.

a second bridge across Hangzhou Bay

A plan to build a second bridge across Hangzhou Bay, which will reduce the drive time between Shanghai and Ningbo to less than two hours, was granted approval yesterday.

The 66-kilometer span, of which 54km will be over water, will link Shanghai’s Jinshan District with Cixi City in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, the Ningbo government said.

The road-rail bridge will reduce the distance between Shanghai and Ningbo to 160km from 200km, officials said.

The government did not provide cost for the project, but said its traffic infrastructure budget for the year, which includes the new bridge, is 18.1 billion yuan (US$2.95 billion).

The new bridge is part of a wider scheme to improve traffic links between Yangtze Delta cities.

Geographic of Cixi

Cixi City locates on the south of the economic circle of Yangtze River Delta, which is the most promising area for future development. Being the anchor of the Shanghai, Hangzhou and Ningbo Economic Golden Triangle, Cixi is 60 km (37 mi) from Ningbo in the east, 148 km (92 mi) from Shanghai in the north and 138 km (86 mi) from Hangzhou in the west. Cixi has a subtropical monsoon climate, with an average annual temperature of 16℃. With the emphasis on the city’s infrastructure, Cixi has an effective public transportation system that provides convenience.

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Highway: Roads within the city lead to all directions and there is 1.5-hour drive to Hangzhou, 1-hour drive to Ningbo, and 1.5-hour drive to Shanghai. The red line in the figure indicates the Hangzhouwan Bridge over the East sea.

Airvation: Within an 1.5 hour transport circle are the four major airports: Ningbo Lishe International Airport, Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

Water Transport: Within a radius of 150 kilometer, there are two international ports: the port of Shanghai and the port of Ningbo.