The Old Bund is located in the downtown of Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, China, at the confluence of Three Rivers-Yongjiang River, Fenghua River and Yuzhao River. It is sited in the downtown area of Ningbo City. It has been one of the most prosperous ports since Tang and Song Dynasties. It was the earliest one of the “five trading ports”, 20 years earlier than The Bund in Shanghai. It is also the China’s domestic remaining bund which has one hundred years’ history. Now it has become one of the landmarks in Ningbo City.
The Old Bund highlights Ningbo’s character and the city’s willingness to merge history with modern development. It shows tourists British and Dutch architecture. The old Bund today still holds a lot of beautiful old European-style buildings. And most of them were converted to bars or restaurants, forming a quite exotic lounge with a confluence of pubs, restaurants, bars along with trendy shops. You may have a leisure stroll around here, taking pictures of the old buildings, or find a shop to sit down and have a drink. Here is very quiet in the day, you may see tourist wondering around and taking pictures, or see some newly married couples taking wedding pictures here. But when evening rolls around, it becomes busy. The buildings are decorated with colorful lights. Having a walk would be romantic things to do for couples, especially in summer.
Things to See
【Ningbo City Exhibition Hall】Ningbo City Exhibition Hall features in colorful appearance and architectural style of modern fashion. It is a modern comprehensive exhibition hall gathering exhibition, tourism, business, leisure and entertainment. This exhibition hall displays the theme of the urban development history, brilliant achievements and grand blueprint.
【Ningbo Art Museum】
Ningbo Art Museum, together with library, grand theatre, are the landmark building of Sanjiang cultural corridor. It is a modern, multi-function and high quality museum gathering art collection, exhibition display, internal and external communication. Also, it is a building with port features, rich in contemporary breath with Chinese traditional culture of high grade public building. Also, it is a major lightspot of Ningbo cultural facilities.
【Huaishu Road Cultural Leisure Street】
The whole street is divided into east part and west part. The east is a commercial street. The west is a leisure green belts with green space, opusculum building and plaza; it is a place of typical urban recreation park, also it is Ningbo’s largest urban leisure space and the most complete facilities of landscape zone along the river. Architectural style mainly embodies the late Qing Dynasty; the unique style was produced by Chinese and western cultural integration, which has highly ornamental value.
【Chinese name】: 老外滩
【How to get to The Old Bund using public transportation】: You may take Bus Route 1, 4, 8, 18, 19, 20, 331, 370 541 and get off at The Old Bund Station (外滩站).