Suining Travel Guide

Suining Facts

Chinese Name: 遂宁 (suí níng)
Population: 3,629,000
Area: 5,322.18 square kilometers (2,054.91 square miles)
Location: in the central area of Sichuan Province, southwest China
Administrative Division: 2 districts (Chuanshan, Anju); 2 counties (Pengxi, Daying); 1 county-level city (Shehong)
Area Code: 0825
Zip Code: 629000
GDP (2019): CNY 134.573 billion (USD 19.506 billion)

The Origin of Chinese Guanyin Culture

Suining is located in central Sichuan Province on the middle reaches of the Fujiang River. It is bordered by Chongqing to the east and Chengdu to the west and is in the same neighborhood as Neijiang, Ziyang, Deyang and Mianyang. Shizhong District was the former downtown area and became Chuanshan District and Anju District in 2003.

Suining is the birthplace of Chinese Guanyin belief and culture. Chinese Guanyin originated from Brahmanism. Instead of the Indian Guanyin, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, who is a God in the image of twin horse prodigy, Chinese Guanyin is a bodhisattva of great compassion and the embodiment of truth, goodness and mercy. The earliest place where Guanyin took root in China is Suining and Guangde Temple is the oldest Guanyin ashram. Today, Guangde Temple with a huge ancient building complex still stands in Suining. Many precious cultural relics such as Myanmar jade Buddha and imperial edict archway are preserved. Another Suining Buddhist activity center is Lingquan temple. In addition to the rich Buddhist culture, visitors can experience the floating at China's Dead Sea and tour the ancient Longfeng Ancient Town.  

Suining Attractions - Things to Do

Longfeng Valley

It is located 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) southeast of Mingxing Town of Shehong County is the core scenic spot of Longfengxia National Geo-park, which boasts rich paleontologic fossil relics and woodstone fossils hiding among the forest, caves and strange stones in the valley. It also has barbarian tribal ruins, large-scale tombs of the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD) and four temples dating from the period since the Song Dynasty (960-1279).

Guangde Temple

Located in the Wolong Mountains to the west of the city, it is a famous temple with a long history. Covering an area of 1.6 hectares, construction was first started in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and was originally called Shifo Temple. It was built along the contour of the mountain. Like any other Buddhist temple, Guangde Temple includes Mahavira Hall (Grand Hall) and Tianwang Hall (Heavenly King Hall). There are over 25 attached buildings such as pavilions, pagodas and halls. The temple houses many precious treasures, for example, Yougu Pagoda built in Tang Dynasty, the wooden Shizhi Hall in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Shanji Pagoda in Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127).

For several dynasties to the present time, Guangde Temple has produced many excellent Buddhism scholars. It has experienced countless hardships but has still strongly survived from the turbulent times. Due to its long history and profound Buddhism culture, this important Buddhist Temple in southwest China, attracting more and more visitors and worshipers for sightseeing and prays.

From Chengdu East Railway Station, visitors can take bullet trains to reach Suining and then take public bus line 5 from local railway station square to Guangde Temple. The bullet train takes about one hour to Suining and the fare is CNY45.5 for second class seat and CNY54.5 for first class seat.

Admisson Fee CNY 40 (Childern below 1.2m enter for free.)
Opening Hours 08:30 to 17:00

China Dead Sea

Located in Daying County, it is actually an underground saline lake formed 150 million years ago. In parallel with Dead Sea in the Middle East, it is situated at the 30 degree north latitude, constituting a marvelous wonder. The bitter water originates from the 3,000-meter (9,843 feet) deep saline lake whose salt content reaches to 22 percentages, very similar to the Middle Eastern Dead Sea. Therefore, visitors can float on it like a cork leisurely. The water is rich in minerals and rare elements, such as Na, K, Ca, Br, I, having a remarkable effect on treating high blood pressure, rheumatism, arthritis, skin disease and obesity.

An area with a man-made Dead Sea was built by drawing up the underground saltwater. The outdoor floating region covers 35,000 square meters (8.6 acres) and the indoor floating region occupies an area of 30,000 square meters (7.4 acres), which can hold thousands of people. The vacation area is honored to be the largest constant temperature bathing place in China, so vacationers can float on the sea cozily all the year around. At the same time, they can receive health benefits, enjoy a variety of water recreation activities and admire exotic singing and dancing performances.

From Chengdu: At the Shiling Passenger Station of Chengdu, the buses to Daying County leave from 08:30 to 17:40 every one hour and the journey takes about an hour and a half. The bus fare is around CNY40. In Chengdu, take Buses No.108, 122, 854, 869, 887, 888, 889 and 890 to the Shiling Passenger Station. Upon reaching Daying County, Bus No. 6 or a taxi can reach China Dead Sea in five minutes. The taxi fare is around CNY4. 
From Chongqing: From Chongqing Bus Station (No. Caiyuan Road, Yuzhong District), visitors can find direct buses to reach Suining or Daying County. If one reaches Suining first, from Suining Bus Station, buses to Daying can be found and it takes about an hour to reach Daying. In general, the whole journey from Chongqing to Daying takes about four hours.

Admission Fee CNY 200 (CNY150 for child from 1.2 to 1.5m, , free for those below 1.2m)
Opening Hours 24 Hours

Other Scenic Spots: Lingquan Temple, Baofan Temple, Profound Pipe Wells (Zhuotongjing)

How to Get to Suining

The city is about one hour from Nanchong and about four hours from Mianyang. Visitors can conveniently use the airports of these two cities. Suining is 146 kilometers and 147 kilometers (about 91 miles) from Chongqing and Chengdu. Besides,  the Central Bus Station is located at No.5, Nanjin Lu, Chuanshan District.



Suining has a subtropical humid monsoon climate with moderate weather all the year round. The hottest days occur in August and the average temperature of this month falls around 27℃ (80.6℉). January is the coldest period during a year with an average temperature of 6-6.5℃ (42.8-43.7℉). It frequently rains from June to August, especially in July. According to the historical data of Suining weather, March to July and September to November are recommended months for sightseeing. 

Suining Travel Tips

 History: During the Xia (21st - 16th century BC) and Shang (16th - 11th century BC) dynasties, it belonged to Liangzhou, one of the nine prefectures of the nation. In the early years of the Spring and Autumn Period (770BC-476BC), it was governed by the Shu Kingdom which is one of the two slave states in ancient Sichuan (the other is the Ba Kingdom). Suining was the name of this area from the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420). It means ending war to achieve peace.

 Physical Features: It is situated in the central part of the Sichuan Basin, seventy percent of its territory is hilly. River valleys and low mountains occupy the rest of city. The terrain slopes gently downward from northwest to southeast. There are fifteen medium and small rivers in total crisscrossing the city.  

 Special Local Products: Tuopai Yeast Liquor, dried bean curd, grapefruit, dahuricae angelica root (herb), preserved Sichuan pickle

- Last updated on Jul. 12, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Suining Travel
Asked by jes from SINGAPORE | Aug. 25, 2017 09:28Reply
Suining- guangde temple and linquan temple
I will be staying at Chongqing for 5 days before leaving for Chengdu. I am interested to visit both temple and need advise for the visit.
1) How to reach SN from chongqing? By Train? Which station?
Can I buy the train ticket on the very day? Do I need to early purchase the train ticket from SN to chongqing too?
2)Is 1 day enough to visit both temples? How many hours is required.
3)Do these temple sell vegetarian lunch for tourist ?
3)How to reach both temples from SN train station? Any bus or taxi? Is taxi expensive?

Answers (1)
Answered by Helen from CANADA | Aug. 28, 2017 21:30

You can take high speed train from Chongqing North to SN, and it takes about 1 h 20 minutes and CNY 51.5 for a second class seat, CNY 61.5 for a first one. I happen to know travelchinaguide provide ticket-booking service, and you can connect them through, both Chongqing-SN and SN-Chongqing tickets can be cooked by them.

One day is enough for both temples, and you can spend 2 hours in each. I’m not sure if they offer vegetarian lunch, but there are vegetarian restaurants near the temple.

Since it’s not far from the station, you can go to the temple by taxi, it may cost CNY 20-25 to Guangde Temple, and costs CNY15-20 from Guangde Temple to Lingquan Temple.
Asked by Ms.PEIPEI | Feb. 11, 2014 05:22Reply
I have plan to go to Dazu, Suining(lingquan temple , guande temple), Wulong , furlong cave
Could you please help me how to go first if I want to go to Dazu(rock carving), SN(lingquan temple , guande temple), Wulong (Wulong karst, the do line,3bridges, Furlong cave ,Ci qi kou village --and where should I start from chongqing or chengdu.? Thank you very much for your help.
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Answered by Lily from USA | Feb. 12, 2014 02:50

You should start from Chongqing First. The Ciqikou Village is in the Chongqing City, so you need to go first.
From Chongqing Longtousi Bus Station, there frequent buses to Dazu Town from 07:30 to 20:50. Upon reaching Dazu County, you can take a local bus to reach the Baodingshan to enjoy the carving. One day is enough for Dazu. Then you need to go back to the Chongqing City.
Then you can head for Wulong from Chongqing North Railway Station. From Wulong Railway Station, you can take a taxi to reach Wulong Bus Station, where you can find the buses for different attractions.
Then you still need go back to Chongqing. From Chongqing Longtousi Bus Station, buses are available for Suining. Upon reaching Suining, you can take a taxi to reach both of the temples. Then you can go to Chengdu or go back to Chongqing and it depents on your real situation.
Answered by Ms.PEIPEI | Feb. 12, 2014 04:03

Thank you Ms. Lily. Can I finished the whole trip in 4days.
Now my planning is right you said: 1 day at Dazu and stay at Chongqing
2nd day take train 2hrs. from chongqing to Wulong and stay at Wulong
3 rd day travel in Wulong half day and take train5hrs? (or bus?) to SN in the evening.
4nd day travel 2temples in SN and take train(or bus?) back to Chongqing.
What do you think? And I don't know take train or bus which one is better and shorter time?
I have 3 old ladys in my group.
Thank you for your suggestion.
Answered by Lily from USA | Feb. 13, 2014 00:38

I think your plan is suitable and nice.
From Wulong to Suining, there are trains, using about five hours. It is suggested to book the train tickets in advance. I am not very clear about the bus information, because I use train much when traveling in China. If you want to know, you may need to go the local bus station to find.

From SN to Chongqing, it is suggested to take the bullet trains, using about one hour and a half. The ticket fare is 51.5RMB for the second class seat and 61.5RMB for the first class seat. The bullet trains are much more comfortable than taking buses, I think.
Answered by Ms.PEIPEI | Feb. 13, 2014 01:34

Dear ms.lily , thank you so much for your help!!! You help me a lottt!!
And so sorry i intend to press good sign to you. But my finger press another one. Anyway, thank you!!
Asked by Pradeep from THAILAND | Feb. 08, 2014 05:24Reply
visiting Suining
I'm planning my trip to Sichuan in April which I would like to visit SN and Bifeng Gorges. I need help with the following questions.
1. Is it possible to go to SN visiting Guangde Temple + Lingquan Temple + Dead Sea in Daying in one day(day trip)?
If,yes then Should I better go from Chengdu or Chongqing? (It seems to me that taking bullet train from Chengdu is better) How to reach these places ?
2. From Chengdu, Is it possible to go to Bifeng Gorges at Ya'an in one day(day trip)? How can I go to Bifeng Gorge from Chengdu?(please give details)
Thank you
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Answered by Cara from CANADA | Feb. 09, 2014 02:47

For all the three places, one day is not enough.
It is suggested to start your journey from Chengdu. Upon reaching Suining, you can use the local public bus line 5 to Guangde Temple directly. After that, you can take a local taxi to reach SN Bus station so take the buses for Daying and then hire a local taxi to the Dead Sea. In SN city, you can take a taxi to Lingquan Temple. I think the Guangde Temple and Lingquan Temple need one day and Dead Season needs another day.
From Chengdu Xinnanmen Bus Station, you can take the first bus to Ya'an and then you can find the direct buses for the Bifeng Gorge frequently.
Answered by Pradeep from THAILAND | Feb. 09, 2014 20:02

Million thanks
Answered by Pradeep from THAILAND | Feb. 09, 2014 20:05

Is one day trip enough for visiting Bifeng gorge from Chengdu?
Answered by Cara | Feb. 10, 2014 00:52

Do not worry. It is enough.
Answered by Pradeep from THAILAND | Feb. 10, 2014 02:36

How can I go to bifengxia from Eimeishan ? How long for the ride?

Can I leave my luggage at the ticket office at Bifeang Panda base?

How can I get the bus from Bifeng Gorge to Chendu?
Asked by Wiston from GHANA | May. 23, 2013 08:12Reply
What is it like living in Suining?
Answers (7)
Answered by HALID from PAKISTAN | May. 23, 2013 08:14

This city is very small less than 100,000 people,,it has one nightclub and a Walmart, It is a city of lower class farmers.

It has a lot of pollution. more than any other city in Sichuan.

The people are somewhat rude and cheat you sometimes.
Answered by Glenn from NORWAY | May. 25, 2013 23:55

Well, I live in Suining and it is not at all that bad. Smiling and curious people. Very good food. Pollution is sometimes bad, but after the rainy days it clears out. Lot of middleclass citizens (some poor & some rich). Nice girls too. Nice weather. Impossible to be here if you dont speak chinese.
Answered by Memit from JORDAN | Jun. 22, 2013 01:54

It is a very small city more like a town than a city. It has two roads which run along a river. One side of the river is the old city and the other side in the new city which is a ghost town.

There are no middle class or rich people and most young people have moved to bigger cities to earn more money. The city is full of closed minded bigots that will not leave. In my opinion, this is the worst city I have lived in Sichuan. The supermarket does not sell beef or chicken only pork.

there is nothing western just a KFC. The river is full of sewage and the taxi drivers will cheat you and pick up four people at once. The roads are extremely dangerous. the bus routes are slow and limited so you have to take you chance and use a crazy high speed taxi.

there are no attractions here , no good places to eat and the women are all married or old or work in a KTV, they do not like foreigners this is a small town with small minded people.

I think there are maybe foreigners in this whole city and 60 percent of the city is factories and 20 percent empty apartments. Do not stay here more than 3 months unless you are old and like staying at home
Answered by Paul from GERMANY | Jul. 06, 2013 00:23

I love it here, the city is very small but relaxed, the people are rude but this is China, the students are friendly and want a western man, there are not many here, now just me hehe ,so you can find girls easily, students speak english and are pretty and open. the food is cheap, life is easy! I have a lot of freetime and a free house what more could you want, there is some good and some bad but I like it here this is China
Answered by Stalin from RUSSIA | Aug. 10, 2013 12:40

it is a small town not a city, every building has damp and buildings that are 5 years old look like they are 30 years old

it a town full of corruption, expect your boss to cheat and steal from you, whilst smiling of course, they think foreigners are trying to take over the world and japan is evil. Do not give a negative opinion about there hometown, they will take it as a personal insult because they are ignorant cunts.

it would not stay in this city more than one day , unless i was a psychologist looking to do some research of wankers, it is like going to a zoo,
Answered by farmer from USA | Aug. 11, 2013 05:17

I loved this city, It is very clean there are not any rats. My boss Hired me with my no experience or and my fake degree.

The locals are freindly and tell everyone the foreigners have HIV , How thoughtful

It is a lovely place and i will visit it again
Answered by Jesus from FROMMAOASS | Aug. 27, 2013 05:31

the building nearly fell down last year when there was a small earthquake,,very poor quality in a corrupt town, do not expect your boss to help you cjange your visa other at the end of your contract or pay for you medical test and travel
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