Located in Zhejiang Province, at the heart of the Silk Road Economic Belt, Ningbo port is one of the busiest ports in China.
In 2006, Ningbo and Zhoushan ports got merged. They now have 19 port areas, six major terminals, and over 300 berths handling more than 26 million TEUs yearly. In 2019, the port ranked among the top three container ports in China and number four globally.
Further, it handles crude oil, coal, iron ore, fertilizers, grain, timber, metals, and chemicals. It is central to handling and storing chemicals, being the largest hub for iron ore and crude oil.
The natural deep-water port close to the Yangtze River handles the most prominent mega vessels and is highly efficient. The network of routes from the port covers more than 600 destinations in over 100 countries.
The port has seen positive growth in container volumes from the second quarter in 2020. During the first six months, 568.89 million tons were handled, up 2% compared to last year.
The port has developed services to increase traffic to the inland regions, up 8.3% in volumes compared to 2019.
With efficient railway connections, the port reported a 15% annual increase in sea-rail volume to 444,000 TEUs during the first half of 2020. It is a vital part of the BRI (Belt and Road Initiative) to expand sea-rail services and boost domestic connections.
Via the new Chuanshan terminal railway, the port links to 54 cities in China. It is the latest and the third terminal handling sea-rail in Ningbo and is the world’s second-largest single container terminal.
As a renowned historical city in China, it is the birthplace of 7000-year-old Chinese civilization. With a population of near 6 million people, the city is the 2nd busiest port city after Shanghai.
Ningbo has cooperation agreements with several cities worldwide, including Aachen, São Paulo, Nottingham, Milwaukee, and Nelson Mandela Bay.
The city has the oldest library in China, Tianyige, with rare books and documents dating back to the Ming dynasty. Historic Hemudu site was renowned for its unique pottery and carved objects from the Neolithic period.
The locals enjoy traditional handicrafts, including hand-plaited bamboo vases, screens, and animal figurines.
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