Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
88Trip End Jun 04, 2006
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Like so many cities in China, Ningbo is obviously trying to reinvent itself by building new, modern commercial and residential focal points. As the bus headed out of town there was a string of billboards advertising this new future in both Chinese and inimitable Chinglish. Ningbo appears to have it's own special style in this regard and it was cool with me just to look for the next entertaining set of signs and ignore the possibility that the bus might disintegrate. There were things like:
"Overcoming difficulties for a wonderful future."
"Dreaming a beautiful life in new city."
"Making a World First-Class port."
"Live here in Hopetown"
"Join our determined beliefs to make economic success."
The jewel in the crown though, was the sign across the road welcoming us to Ningbo Economic Development Zone. Beyond this sign was an apparently empty Communist Party Office, a small village, a rusty old cement works, a new bridge and a funfair theme park beyond. There wasn't much evidence that I could see of Economic Development in the Economic Development Zone. Ningbo is obviously signposting an ambitious future for itself. It certainly left me with a smile on my face as I boarded the boat for PutuoShan.