Ningbo is an ancient port city situated
in eastern Zhejiang
Province at the mid-point of China's coastal sea-lanes.
For more than 800 years, it served as a key trade outlet
for Chinese silk and export porcelain. It sits at the
confluence of three rivers: the Fenghua, flowing towards
the north; the Yuyao, flowing east; and the Yong, where
the Fenghua and Yuyao meet and empty into the East China
Sea. Like Wuhan, Ningpo is split into three sections
by its rivers. It is linked to Hangzhou in the east
by rail, and to Wenzhou in the south hy road. Fishing
and ship-building which were already well developed
here by the Song Dynasty, are Ningbo's traditional activities,
with a range of high-technology enterprises related
to shipping and oil refining added in recent decades.
Ningbo's subtropical climate yields an average
annual temperature of 16.1¡æ(61oF), ranging
from an average low of 4.2¡æ. (40oF) in
January to an average high of 28.8¡æ (84oF)
in July. Heavy rain falls between mid-June and late
July. July to September is the typhoon season.
Ningbo is thought to have been inhabited
as early as 7,000 years ago. Just south of the site
of present-day Ningbo, a town named Yin was established
during the Warring States Period (403-221 BC), but owing
to the high salinity of both the Yuyao and Yong rivers,
the location of present-day Ningbo remained uninhabitable
until about the 6th century. At that time, artificial
freshwater lakes were created at the base of the surrounding
hills to collect water from mountain streams. Toward
the end of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), a network of
irrigation canals and locks was constructed. During
the Tang, production of a local variety of porcelain
known as Yueyao Qingci reached its zenith, with large
quantities exported throughout Asia and even as far
as East Africa. After a breakwater was installed in
the natural harbor in the 12th century, trade with Japan
began to flourish. In 1381, under the Ming, the town's
name was changed to Ningbo Fu.
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