With a population of 4.46 million and a land area of 9, 365 square kilometers. Ningbo is one of the first batch of 14 coastal cities opening-up to the outside world. The city is an important part of the Shanghai international seaborne transportation hub. Also, a comprehensive transport network including railways. airports, waterways and highways has been formed in Ningbo. With a total length of 36 kilometers, and at a cost of 11.8 billion yuan (USD1.43 billion), the Ningbo Hangzhou Bay Trans-Oceanic Bridge will be the world’s longest irons-oceanic bridge. The completion of the bridge is expected to shorten the distance between Shanghai and Ningbo by 120 kilometers. The designed speed of this six-track highway bridge (36 meters wide) is 100 kilometers per hour and the ~ice life is 100 years. Construction of the bridge’s main structure began in late 2003. The whole project is scheduled to be completed in 2008 and will open to traffic in 2009. Other facilities like the Hangzbeu-Ningbo Expressway, Tongjiang-Sanya Expressway and Xiaoshan-Ningbo Railway link Ningbo to the rest of the country. Ningbo is one of the most important manufacturing bases in East China. Such pillar industries as steel and iron, power generation, petroleum refining and petrochemicals, and papermaking have been formed in Ningbo. The city is also one of the leading garment producers in China, with a total output that accounts for 12 percent of the country’s total. The city is one of China’s model cities in environmental protection, which makes it an ideal place to live and work.
Known as a “pearl on the Yellow Sea. ” Qingdao is surrounded on three sides by water, with Laoshan Mountain as a backdrop. Qingdao’s red-tiled roofs and verdant foliage complement its picturesque setting. Its fine beaches, pleasant climate and popular beer brewery make it wildly appealing to the tourist. Qingdao, which has the finest aquatic sports center in Asia, is well known for water competitions. Thus it is no surprise that the International Sail-Boating Association judged that Qingdao is capable of becoming the site of the sailing contest for hosting the 2008 Olympics.