ningbo is a seaport with sub-provincial administrative status. the city has a population of 2,201,000 and is located on the northeastern side of zhejiang province, china. lying south of the hangzhou bay, and facing the east china sea to the east, ningbo borders shaoxing to the west and taizhou to the south, and is separated from zhoushan by a narrow body of water. ningbo is the engine of the economy on the east coast of china. in 2009, ningbo's economic activity reached usd 60.8 billion. ningbo's economy grew 8.6 percent in 2009 to 421.5 billion yuan (us$61.7 billion). the city's per capita output was us$10,833, about three times the national average.