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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.
The city proper of Ningbo is sandwiched between the ocean and low-lying mountains to the southwest, with coastal plain and valleys in between.The British repulsed a Chinese attempt to retake the city in the Battle of Ningpo on March 10, 1842.In 1864, the forces of the Taiping Rebellion held the town for six months.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.During the war, British forces took possession of the walled city of Ningbo briefly after storming the fortified town of Zhenhai at the mouth of the Yong River on October 10, 1841.