Ningbo, China

Population: 8,2 million


Located in the northeastern province of Zhejiang between the East China Sea and various mountain ranges, Ningbo has over 1500 km of coastline and over 600 islands. A major exporter of electrical goods and textiles, Ningbo is one of China's main industrial and economic centres. With roots in the maritime silk road, Ningbo's port is today one of the busiest in the world.  Like many cities on the eastern coast, Ningbo is facing the challenges of rapid urbanisation and on-going industrialisation.

The Living Lab: Yuehu Park

Ningbo's Living Lab is the parkland area surrounding an urban eutrophic lake in the central district of the city called Yuehu Park (Moon Lake Park).




Latest news from Ningbo

Water monitoring in Moon Lake Park with nature-based solutions

5 August 2021

The proGIreg living lab in Ningbo has been focusing on innovative water quality monitoring and aquatic plant maintenance in 2021, to improve the water quality in Moon Lake and to gather data to support the planning of local environmental compensation processes.


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Rooting for regrowth – a look back at proGireg Living Lab's 2020

6 January 2021

The past year was tumultuous to say the least, posing challenges to on-site activities in proGireg Living Labs - however they have taken the challenge as an opportunity to root locally and re-evaluate. Throughout 2020 the Living Lab’s have exchanged experiences, by meeting up regularly in proGireg’s virtual ‘Living Lab Lounges’. Learn about what Turin (Italy), Ningbo (China), Zagreb (Croatia), Cascais (Portugal), Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Dortmund (Germany), Piraeus (Greece) and Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) have been up to in 2020.


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Co-designing nature-based solutions in Moon Lake Park

25 November 2020

November saw the co-design kick-off of proGireg Living Lab in Moon Lake Park in Ningbo, China. The living lab is implementing proGireg nature-based solutions new regenerated soil, community-based urban farms and gardens and local environmental compensation processes and is looking forward to involving stakeholders further.


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Chinese study trip to Dortmund brings inspiration back home

15 July 2019

On 21 May 2019 Prof. Yaoyang Xu, Lead Coordinator from proGIreg partner the Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, visited the local project team in Dortmund to exchange ideas and learn about different technologies and approaches, which could be used to implement nature-based solutions in proGIreg front-runner city Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China.


Since Ningbo’s Living Lab surrounds an urban eutrophic lake, Georg Sümer from the City of Dortmund introduced Prof. Yaoyang Xu, proGIreg Coordinator Dr. Axel Timpe, and Yichen Jiang, PhD student from RWTH Aachen University, to Dortmund’s PHOENIX lake, a former industrial steelworks area – turned community hotspot.


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Cluj-Napoca welcomes proGIreg partners to the first Cities Workshop

5 July 2019

Which plants attract more bees and butterflies to our cities? When is the best moment to go commercial with city aquaponics?  What kinds of urban gardening formats exist? These are just some of the many questions asked during the proGIreg Cities Workshop, hosted by Cluj-Napoca, Romania, on 15-16 May 2019.

Prof. Yaoyang Xu from the Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, also introduced the City of Ningbo as a new, recently confirmed front-runner within proGIreg.


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This work was financially supported by the National Key Research and Development Program of China (2017YFE0119000).

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 innovation action programme under grant agreement no. 776528. The sole responsibility for the content of this website lies with the proGIreg project and in no way reflects the views of the European Union.