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2 Days Tour to Ningbo City, Neolithic Hemudu Culture Relics Museum & Site, Ancient Minghe Town from Shanghai

2 Days Tour to Ningbo City, Neolithic Hemudu Culture Relics Museum & Site, Ancient Minghe Town from Shanghai
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Itinerary Features

Why we suggest this tour itinerary? 

Only around 220km to the south of Shanghai, there is a Neolithic village relics site - Hemudu Culture Relics Museum (Site) where tourists can find the earliest rice in the world (5000 years ago). Not far from it is Ningbo city, one of the 5 Treaty Ports since 1843 - so it is one of the earliest cities in China to open to the outside world and now it is one of the most important commercial city in China. On the outskirts of the city, tourists will also visit King Asoka Temple and stay one night in a charming water town, Ancient Heming Town.


Main Tourist Attractions in the Itinerary: 

Ningbo city:  

Neolithic Hemudu Culture Relics Museum & Site, Ancient Heming Town, King Asoka Temple, Ancient Tianyi Chamber Library (Museum & Garden), The Old Bund in Ningbo, Tianyi Square (a Shopping Mall with a big Roman Catholic Cathedral and the largest music fountain in Asia in it.). 


Experience in the Itinerary: 

* To see for yourself the earliest rice in the world (around 5000 years ago), Black Pottery, Stone and Animal Bone Tools and Stilt Style Architecture relics in the Neolithic village relics.
* Stay one night at an ancient water town by the side of a charming lake to enjoy the unique local life. 

* Visit King Asoka Temple - one of the holiest Buddhist temples in China where a sirira from Buddha (Sakyamuni)’s head is enshrined in. 

* Visit the oldest existing private library in China (also the oldest library in Asia and one of the 3 oldest big clan libraries in the world) - Tianyi Chamber Library.

* Stroll on the streets in the hottest and hippest neighborhood in downtown Ningbo.  


Some More Info about the Attractions in this Itinerary:

Hemudu Culture Relics Museum & Site: 

The Hemudu Culture Relics is a matriarchal clan society village relics during the Neolithic period. This culture exists here from 5500 BC to 3300 BC and was the earliest culture to cultivate rice in the world. Most of the artifacts discovered at Hemudu consist of animal bones, exemplified by hoes made of shoulder bones used for cultivating rice. Black Pottery is another important feature of this culture. There are also many Stilt Style Architecture relics here.   


It is located at the north foot of the very pretty Siming Mountain, 25km away from Ningbo City in the east. The museum covers an area of 40,000s.m. and is divided into two sections in terms of the museum and the site exhibition section. 


There are 6 parts in the museum - The Preface Hall, The Whirligig of Time, Labor at Sunrise, Lakeside Households, Sounds of The Heart and Supposals on Hemudu, systematically displaying the splendid Hemudu culture created by the ancestors with their diligence and wisdom.   


The site field which covers an area of 23,000 s.m. has reappeared the twice archaeological excavation scene of Hemudu Site in 2,800 s.m., five pole-railing style timber framed buildings, water wells and pools etc. have been restored at the east and south of the site, and reappeared Hemudu ancestors’ daily production and life through the stage set of indoor and outdoor sculptures so as to develop the exhibition, education and leisure function of the site.  

More detail about Hemudu Culture Museum at its official website:  

More detail about Hemudu Culture at Wikipedia:   


Ancient Heming Town 

Located to the northwest of Ningbo city, by the side of Baiyang Lake and Wulei Mountain and in the typical ancient Yangtze River Delta water town style, this ancient town was established in Tang Dynasty, around 1200 years ago. Unlike some other ancient towns, this serene town is not very commercial, many local people still stay in it and enjoy the slow pace life of their own. A limpid little river gently flows from west to east in the middle of the town and 7 ancient bridges built in Ming Dynasty are over this charming river. There are many splendid ancient residence buildings in the town, include Yes Family House (also called "24 Rooms") and Shens Family House which can be visited by tourists. Enjoy the fascinating night view of this water town is also an unforgettable experience. 


The King Asoka Temple: 

Originally built in 282 AD, with a history of more than 1700 years and contains 600 rooms covering about 80,000 s m, located about 20 km to the southeast of Ningbo proper, this Temple takes its name from a 3rd century B.C. Indian emperor who, after conquering most of what is India today, renounced violence and embraced Buddhism. Now It is the only existing temple which is named after the Indian King Asoka within China. This temple has been one of the holiest Buddhist temples in China since the Song Dynasty (around 1000 years ago) and well known for the role it played in the popularity of Buddhism in East Asia.  


For believers, the temple is important for its stupa housing the sarira of the historical Buddha. It is said after his body was cremated, colorful beads, called sarira, were found among the bone ashes, and were later placed in stupas by King Asoka. According to legend, one of these siriras was found by Chinese monk Liu Sahe when a small stupa miraculously appeared before him with a sirira from Buddhas head inside.  


The famous sariras are stored in the seven story stone pagoda rising from the golden-glazed tile roof covered Buddha Relic Hall.  

More info about King Asoka at Wikipedia:  


Tianyi Chamber Library (Museum & Garden) 

Located in the vicinity of Moon Lake, this ancient Library is the oldest existing private library in China, meanwhile, it is also the oldest library in Asia and one of the 3 oldest big clan library in the world. Founded in 1561 by Fan Qin during the Ming dynasty, in its heyday, it boasted a collection of 70,000 volume of antique books.  


The Qianlong Emperor of the Qing dynasty (around 300 years ago) visited Tian Yi Ge, and ordered officials to draw schematics of Tian Yi Ges building plan and book cases as prototype to build several imperial libraries including Wenyuan Chamber in the Forbidden City, and Wenjin Chamber in the Chengde Mountain Resort to house the Siku Quanshu encyclopedia (Siku Quanshu means the Complete Library in Four Sections, it is the largest collection of books in Chinese history).  

More about Tianyi Chamber Library (Museum) at its official website:  

More about Tianyi Chamber Library (Museum) at Wikipedia: 


The Old Bund in Ningbo: 

The Old Bund is on the north bank of the Yong River. It was the site of the Port of Ningbo since 1840s till late 1990s. The North Riverbank was the result of Treaty of Nanking which allowed 5 Treaty Ports in China, include Ningbo, to open to the outside, and witnessed the initiation and development of Ningbo Commercial Group. As the result of Opium War and the Treaty of Nanking, Ningbo (Ningpo) became one of the 5 Treaty Ports in China, along with Shanghai, Canton (Guangzhou), Fuchow (Fuzhou), and Amoy (Xiamen). 


There many old but elegant buildings built in colonial period here are under the special protection of government: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows, the old site of Zhejiang Customs, the old site of the British Consulate, the old site of Xies, and the old site of Ningbo Post, the old building of Jiangbei Police Station, The Hongchangyuan, The Zhus, and The Yans Hills. Tourists can also visit: Ningbo Museum of Art, Urban planning exhibition center of Ningbo, Bridge of the Bund. Now its also become the citys hottest and hippest neighborhood, where a lot of old houses have been renovated and reimagined, converted to cafes, restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Enjoying something in the trendy bars and clubs here has become the fashion life style in Nongbo.     

More about Old Bund in Ningbo at Wikipedia: