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Ningbo is a seaport sub-provincial city in the Zhejiang province of China. It lies in the south of Hangzhou Bay and faces the East China Sea to the east. Population (2000): 5,962,602. Percentage of minorities among the population (2000): 0.57%.

11 cities, counties and districts at county level are under its direct jurisdiction:

Ningbo was one of the five Chinese treaty ports opened by the Treaty of Nanjing (signed in 1842) at the end of the First Opium War between Britain and China. The other ports were Guangzhou, Xiamen, Fuzhou and Shanghai.