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There are 531 islands accounting for 524 km (202 sq mi) under the city's administration.
The city proper of Ningbo is sandwiched between the ocean and low-lying mountains to the southwest, with coastal plain and valleys in between.
During the Qing dynasty, western encyclopedias described Ningbo as a center of craftsmanship and industry. was appointed a missionary to China by the Church of England Missionary Society, and arrived at Ningpo with Mrs. He then began a mission station at Hang-chow, between which and Ningpo his time had been chiefly divided.
During the late Qing dynasty, in the 1800s, the Ningbo authorities contracted Cantonese pirates to exterminate and massacre Portuguese pirates who raided Cantonese shipping around Ningbo. He wrote Christian publications in the Ningbo dialect.
In March 1885, during the Sino-French War, Admiral Courbet's naval squadron blockaded several Chinese warships in Zhenhai Bay and exchanged fire with the shore defences.
Ningbo was also once famed for traditional Chinese furniture production.
For the mid-16th-century Portuguese, the nearby promontory, which they called the cape of Liampó, after the nearby "illustrious city" was the easternmost known point of the mainland Asia.
Ningbo has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) with four distinctive seasons, characterised by hot, humid summers and chilly, cloudy and drier winters (with occasional snow).By 1542, the Portuguese had a sizable community in Ningbo (or, more likely, on nearby small islands).Portuguese activities from their Ningbo base included pillaging and attacking multiple Chinese port cities around Ningbo for plunder and spoil. The Portuguese were ousted from the Ningbo area in 1548.The city receives an average annual rainfall of 1,440 millimetres (56.7 in) and is affected by the plum rains of the Asian monsoon in June, when average relative humidity also peaks.
From August to October, Ningbo experiences the effects of typhoons, and is affected by an average 1.8 storms annually, though the city is not often struck directly by these systems.The city of Ningbo was known in Europe for a long time under the name of Liampó. in the standard Portuguese history, João de Barros's Décadas da Ásia, although Barros explained that Liampó was a Portuguese "corruption" of the more correct Nimpó.