Ningbo history can be traced back to 7000 years ago the hemudu culture. In Xia dynasty, ningbo area called Yin.
In the Chunqiu dynasty and the warring states period, the king goujian started to set up City Zhang.
When qin dynasty, ningbo belongs to the administer of Yin, Zheng, Juzhang three counties.
In the Liu dynasty, Buddhism Spread into ningbo, which still have great influence today.
In the tang dynasty, ningbo was called mingzhou. The district scope gradually formed, the similar contemporary pattern of ningbo city also gradually formed. At the same time, ningbo became the nation’s largest open port relying on the geographical advantages and keep frequent trade with Japan and Korea.
In the Wu dynasty, ningbo belonged to Wuyue. The king of Wuyue Qian Liu’s enriching people policy developed Ningbo’s economic.
In the song dynasty, represented by Wang Anshi, a collection of ningbo great scholars began to establish the tradition of knowledge pursuing, local siming school began to appear.
The migrating to south of the population made considerable progress to ningbo agricultural production, the developed of foreign trade made ningbo became the starting point of maritime silk road .
When yuan dynasty, ningbo became the north-south goods distribution center and one of the most important port in the country.
In the Ming dynasty, the enemy’s attack and the banning policy made the ningbo’s shipping began to decline, and Ningbo commercial group also appeared as important commercial force in China at this time.
In the qing dynasty, ningbo is famous for its national famous school of teaching the historiography of west Zhejiang, exchanges between east and west are increasingly frequent.
After the opium war, in 1844, ningbo port began to open. Foreign investment into the ningbo hit the local economy seriously.
At this point, the ningbo business group began to change into modern business pattern and chose the main activity place in emerging city Shanghai, whice left important influence on Shanghai’s urban construction and Shanghai culture.
The official language of the city is Chinese.The majority of road, shop signs, and restaurant menus etc. are in both English and Chinese.