As a foreigner, you can exchange your money at all major banks. A maybe wiser alternative is to use your foreign debit card. International ATMs (Plus/Maestro) can give about ¥2,500 (about 250,- Euros) out of each ATM at every transaction, up to a total maximum of ¥5,000 each day depending on your bank, which should be sufficient. International ATMs can be found all over the place and often have an English language option available before you insert your card.
Cheng Huang TempleCommercial StreetHours: 9am til 8:30pmLots of small stalls selling mostly clothes, a great place to find cheap gifts to take back home
Gu LouHaishu District, Fu Qiao StreetHours: 8am til 9 pmLots of little shops selling artwork to nik naks
Little Goods MarketGuotai JieHours: 9am till 8pm
Golden Centre279 Zhongshan Dong Lu 279Phone: 0574-8771-7738Allot of Watch shops and international brands on the ground floor International Shopping Center166 Zhongshan Dong Lu 166Phone: 0574-8768-1250Just as the title suggests, international brands at crazy prices
MetroPhone: +86-(0) 574-88208888, 1 Maidelong Road, Ningbo City 1. Strictly speaking this is a wholesale store for restaurants and caterers. But shelves do stock smaller quantities of most items. In addition to food related items, you can for example, buy reliable quality underwear, shoes and jackets etc. One criticism often heard on the lips of foreigners is that supply of stock is sometimes unreliable. But given the opening hours of the store which are appropriate for caterers and restauranteurs (early in the morning to late at night) its possible that some items are simply sold out and that day time re-stocking activities frustrate customers making their way down aisles. Have no fear for parking - there is plenty of it with a massive car park part of the compound. There are not many immediately obvious places to eat out near Metro. So don't go on an empty stomach or be prepared to snack on some of your purchases. Strictly speaking you will need a Metro card to purchase. But obtaining one is free and easy. Be aware that check out staff will insist on you having one while perhaps having only Chinese to try and explain this to you. If you are not prepared to sign up for one or are in a hurry - other shoppers will often lend you their card.
Sanfo is the leading outdoor gear stores in China and their store in Ningbo is located at 1227-1229 Baizhang Dong Lu, Jiangdong District
CenturyMartNewest three-story hypermall: 1) department store, 2) grocery, 3) household goods. Decent section of foreign foods: Walkers Shortbread, Lindt and Toblerone chocolate, olive oils, wine, etc.--even Chinese versions of Spam! More orderly grocery area than Carrefour. CenturyMart card gets you slight discount, but not required. Tesco80 Rixin Jie 80Phone: 0574-5612-8899Tesco can also be entered from Tian Yi Square by entering HiMall then taking the escalator upstairs Auchan160 Cuibai Lu 160Phone: 0574-8707-2987The floor layout can get confusing, first you have to go to the top floor, then find the escalator back down to get to the food hall
Ole SupermarketLoads of imported products, and good chicken breasts.