Chinese Name: 南充市 (nán chōng shì)
Area: 12,470 square kilometers (4,815 square miles)
Administrative Division: 3 district (Shunqing, Gaoping, Jialing); 5 counties (Nanbu, Yingshan, Peng'an, Yilong, Xichong); 1 county-level city (Langzhong)
Seat of the City Government: 1, Fujiang Lu, Shunqing District
Useful Telephone Numbers: Tourist Complaints: 0817-96927, 2666800
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Bank of China Nanchong Branch: 28, Tierong Lu, Shunqing District
China Post Nanchong Branch: 29, Renmin Zhong Lu, Shunqing District
Location: Nanchong is said to be an important central city in northeastern Sichuan and the middle reaches of Jialing River. It neighbors Dazhou in the east, Suining in the west, Guang'an in the south, in neighborhood of Guangyuan and Bazhong in the north.
History: Nanchong is a provincial historical and cultural city whose administrative history can be traced back to the year of 179BC. A county was first established here in the Sui Dynasty (581-618) and its name originated from the Xichang Kingdom at that time. Nanchong has always been the locality of the administrative organizations since the Tang Dynasty (618-907).
Physical Features: Generally, the area can be divided into two physiographic regions: northern low mountainous area and southern hilly area. Hill is the main type of landform of the city, and its terrain declines from the north to the south.
Climate: Bearing a subtropical humid monsoon climate, the area is characterized by warm winter, a long summer and short autumn, and spring usually comes early. It is seldom snowy and frosty. Precipitation is more common in summer. The annual average temperature falls around 17℃ (62.6℉).
When to Go: March to June and September to November are the best periods to pay a visit.
Special Local Products: preserved mustard, orange, dried beef, bamboo scroll painting, satin with drawings, Shu Brocade
Langzhong Ancient City stands on the bank of Jialing River beside the new city district of Langzhong City. It was the capital of the Ba Kingdom in Warring States Period (476BC-221BC) until the Qin (221BC-206BC) wiped out the kingdom over twenty-three thousand years ago. In the end of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the start of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Langzhong has been the temporary capital of Sichuan for seventeen years. It was always spoken of as the political, military and culture center of northern Sichuan by feudal lords.
This ancient town is listed among the four famous old towns in China (the other three are the Old Town of Lijiang inYunnan, the Pingyao Old Cityin Shanxi and Shexian County in Anhui). Along the bluestone pavement, there are residences like Beijing's Hutongs and Beijing's Courtyards, compounds of Ming and Qing Style and a few buildings of Tang and Song dynasties.
Scenic Spots in Langzhong: Big Buddha Temple, Tengwang Pavilion Scenic Area, Jinpingshan Scenic Area, Zhangfei Temple
Other Scenic Spots: Yuping Park, Wanglong Lake
Visitors can arrive at Langzhong Ancient Town by passing through Deyang, Suining or Mianyang. Suining and Mianyang are suggested transfer stations because of the charming natural scenery on the ways. In addition, visitors can go to Guangyuan and then change buses to Langzhong. The Jianmen Shu Road of Guangyuan can also be visited. .
To go to Nanchong direct there are express buses from Chengdu. It is about two hours' drive to the destination. From the city proper of Nanchong, Langzhong it will take about one and a half hours.
Nanchong Airport is surrounded by green woods in the Gaoping District. At present, it mainly operates flights to Beijing and Guangzhou. Nanchong Railway Station is seated in 1, Tiexin Lu, Shunqing District. Trains to Chengdu will depart every two hours. Nanchong Bus Station1, Jiaxi Lu of Jialing District is the central road transport terminal of northern Sichuan. The tourist bus station in 49, Renmin Nan Lu of Shunqing District is another bus station in the city proper, and meanwhile, it is the only enterprise with car renting services that is appointed by the city's Tourism Bureau.