Chinese Name: 广安市 (guǎng ān shì)
Area: 6,344 square kilometers (2,449 square miles)
Administrative Division: 1 district (Guang'an); 3 counties (Yuechi, Wusheng, Linshui); 1 county-level city (Huaying)
Location of the City Government: 2, Siyuan Lu, Guang'an District
Useful Telephone Numbers: Tourist Complaints Office: 0826-96927
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Enquiries: 184
Bank of China: 6, Jianshe Lu, Guang'an District
China Post: Guangning Nan Lu, Guang'an District
Location: Guang'an City lies in the east of Sichuan Province, northwest of neighboring Chongqing. Other nearby cities include: Nanchong, Suining and Dazhou.
History: In the 11th century BC, the Ba Tribe moved to eastern Sichuan and established the Ba Kingdom; its capital was situated in present-day Chongqing, with Guang'an falling under its jurisdiction. During the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC), this area became part of the united China and ethnic groups from the central plains moved and settled into the area.
Physical Features: Guang'an is situated on a giant incline which slopes from east to west. The Huaying Mountain divides it into two regions: the eastern gorge area and western hilly area. Two main rivers, the Qujiang and Jialing, flow from north to south through central and western part of the area.
Climate: The city is subject to a subtropical monsoon climate; weather is generally humid with warm winters and hot summers. It rarely rains during winter or spring, although heavy precipitation is common in the summer months. The average annual temperature is around 15.8℃-17.7℃ (60.4℉-63.9℉).
When to Go: Guang'an is suitable for visits throughout the year, however it worth noting that special temple fairs are held on the nineteenth day of the third, sixth and ninth lunar months. The temple fair of the sixth lunar month in Huaying Mountain represents the largest of these events. Those interested in the local folk-customs are recommended to come here during this period.
Special Local Products: painted bamboo scrolls, navel oranges, pomelos, Huangjin (Gold) pears, litsea cubeba oil, beef, Yongshou Temple dried bean curd and herb and fungus products from the Huaying Mountain
Renowned for its beautiful landscapes, northeastern Sichuan's Huaying Mountain has been a Buddhist shrine site since the Tang Dynasty, and is sometimes referred to as 'Little Mt. Emei'. Visitors are rewarded with views of bamboo forests, clouds, snowy scenes and - providing you arrive early enough - an awe-inspiring sunrise.
The famous Stone Forest is located towards the southwest of the Gaodeng Mountain, Huaying's highest peak. Remnants of the ancient Gaodeng Temple can still be found near the forest.
Should you decide to venture up the Qujiang River from Guang'an Garden, you will no doubt be charmed by the fascinating riverside scenery. A highlight of the journey is passing through the Old Town of Xiaoxi, which contains an ancient-style dock, characteristic of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.
Other Scenic Spots: the Former Residence of Deng Xiaoping, Jincheng Mountain
The city does not have airport, yet the local expressways provide convenient access to such facilities outside of the city. Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport or Nanchong Airport can be reached in around one hour and half an hour respectively.
Guang'an Railway Station is located in Guang'an District's Qianfeng Town. The city also has numerous road links, with Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan, about two and a half hours' drive. The surrounding districts, counties and cities can all be accessed within 30 minutes by car.
Guang'an Central Bus Station: 88, Jian'an Nan Lu, Economic and Technical Development Zone.