Nanchong Travel Guide

Nanchong Facts

Chinese Name: 南充 (nán chōng)
Population: 7,282,500
Area: 12,479.96 square kilometers (4,818.54 square miles)
Location: in the northeast of Sichuan Province, southwest China
Administrative Division: 3 districts (Shunqing, Gaoping, Jialing); 5 counties (Nanbu, Yingshan, Peng'an, Yilong, Xichong); 1 county-level city (Langzhong)
Area Code: 0817
Zip Code: 637000
GDP (2019): CNY 232.222 billion (USD 33.660 billion)

City of Silk & Birthplace of China's Three Kingdoms Culture

Nanchong is an important central city in northeastern Sichuan and the middle reaches of the Jialing River. It neighbors Dazhou to the east, Suining to the west, Guang'an to the south, in the neighborhood of Guangyuan and Bazhong to the north. Nanchong is famed as the largest silk industrial center in Sichuan. Nanchong silk with various patterns and good quality has always been favored by consumers. Many tourists also go to the local silk market to choose silk as a travel gift.

Nanchong is also the cradle of Chinese Three Kingdoms Culture and home to Chen Shou, the author of History of the Three Kingdoms which first narrated the stories that happened during the Three Kingdoms (220 - 280). The famous General Zhang Fei of the Three Kingdoms also died in Langzhong of Nanchong, where you can still find his memorial in the Langzhong Ancient City, another highlight of Nanchong travel. In the ancient city, visitors can tour thousands of buildings of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1912) and historical relics such as Zhang Fei Temple and Yong'an Temple. Various special snack shops are scattered in the ancient city. Paper-cut, Shadow puppets, and other Sichuan folk culture can also be appreciated here.

Nanchong Attractions - Things to Do

 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 Lijiang Old Town inYunnan, the Pingyao Old City in 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
 Langzhong Ancient City Transportation

 Other Scenic Spots: Yuping Park, Wanglong Lake

How to Get to Nanchong

Nanchong Gaoping Airport is located about 7.5 kilometers (about 5 miles) east of downtown Nanchong. You can fly from domestic cities like Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Huizhou, Nanjing, Urumqi, Shanghai, Kunming, Lhasa... to Nanchong Airport. It provides airport shuttle bus and city bus to downtown.

Visitors can arrive at Langzhong Ancient City 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, Langzhong it will take about one and a half hours.



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 of Nanchong weather falls around 17℃ (62.6℉). March to June and September to November are the best periods to pay a visit.    

Nanchong Travel Tips

 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.               

 Special Local Products: preserved mustard, orange, dried beef, bamboo scroll painting, satin with drawings, Shu Brocade


- Last modified on Aug. 25, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Nanchong Travel
Asked by Meta from NETHERLANDS | Apr. 13, 2018 08:07Reply
Bus from Nanbu high speed train station to Shengzhongzhen?
We found out it is possible to travel to Nanbu by high speed train from Xi’An, somwe booked tickets for the morning train. We’ll arrive somewhere 12.00 AM. Are there buses from the Nanbu high speed train station to Shengzhongzhen around that time? Or is Didi a better solution?
Answers (1)
Answered by Vivian from SWEDEN | Apr. 15, 2018 22:07

The bus is from Nanbu West Bus Station to your destination. You can take a taxi to the west bus station within 10mins.
Asked by Shabs from SOUTH AFRICA | Mar. 11, 2018 07:51Reply
Hi. Which is the closest mosque to the North Sichuan Medical College?
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Answered by Sheron from UK | Mar. 11, 2018 22:02

The nearest mosque is Nanchong Mosque in 267 South Renmin Rd, about 4km west. You can take bus 19 to Xiaoximen and walk south for 3 minutes to reach there.
Answered by Shabs from SOUTH AFRICA | Mar. 23, 2018 20:43

Much apprecited Sheron.Thank you
Asked by Meta from NETHERLANDS | Oct. 22, 2017 15:49Reply
Nanchong to Shengzhongzhen by bus or taxi?
Hello I want to travel to Shengzhongzhen next year april. We’ll arrive with the night train from Xi’An, around 8 AM. Is there a bus directly to the town (from where?), or is a taxi better?
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Answered by Selina from CANADA | Oct. 22, 2017 19:59

You can walk southwest for about 10 minutes to North Bus Station and then take a bus to the town, which takes about 2 hours.
Answered by Meta from NETHERLANDS | Oct. 23, 2017 03:51

Thank you Selina! Do you know how often the buses are going to Shengzhongzhen?
Answered by Selina from CANADA | Oct. 23, 2017 04:00

The buses leave at 8:30, 9:30, 12:40, 13:10, 13:50, 15:00, and 16:35.
Answered by Meta from NETHERLANDS | Oct. 23, 2017 05:04

Thanks again, very helpful!
Asked by ravi from INDIA | Feb. 04, 2016 03:33Reply
Hi, i want to travel from nanchong to jiuzhaigou. where should I get the bus?
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Answered by Ava from USA | Feb. 04, 2016 20:11

There is no direct bus. You may take a bus or train to Chengdu first. The bus departs from Passenger Transport Station on Jiaxi Road until 18:50 every day, and the fare is CNY 75. For train schedule, you can search on your own on this website.

Upon arrival, take a bus to Jiuzhaigou from Xiannanmen Bus Station or Chadianzi Bus Station.
Asked by S.ANTHONI SAMI from MALAYSIA | Oct. 12, 2014 08:39Reply
where is the Roman cathalic in near Nanchong north sichuan medical university and what is the bus
what is the us no and distance and fare.
How much the distance between airport to NSMU
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Answered by Lynn from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 13, 2014 04:08

There is a Roman Catholic parish near the Shunqing School District.
You can walk from the campus to Fujiang Lukou stop to take take bus no.2, 22 or 32 to Mofanshangjie Station. The fare is CNY1.5 per adult.
Or you can just walk to the parish directly.
The distance is about 0.75 miles.

Distance from the airport:
If you are in Gaoping Campus, the distance is about 3.4 miles.
If you are in Shunqing Campus, the distance is about 8.7 miles.

Hope helpful. :)
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