1. Tianfeng Pagoda, August 2017. Any self-guided walking tour of downtown Ningbo should include a stop at this cool hexagonal tower; the city’s tallest ancient structure at 167 feet. Built in 695 during The Tang Dynasty, the original structure has been destroyed and restored a million and one times over, with the latest renovation coming as recently as 1989.
1. Lao Waitan, August 2017. One of the many challenging things about living in an inconsequential Chinese city like Rui’an is the limited nightlife options. There’s no such problem in Ningbo though thanks to the fantastic Lao Wai Tan neighbourhood, a labyrinthine restaurant and bar district perched on the bank of the Yong River.
1. Tianyi Square, August 2017. If you’re into branded clothing, luxury accessories and being followed around by fussy over-attentive sales clerks who desperately want your money, then no doubt Tianyi Square will be pushing for top spot on your Ningbo to-do list. I couldn’t give a crap about any of these things, but I still wanted to swing by to see what kind of vibe lay within the city’s largest and most famous square.
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