Located in the eastern region of the famed Sichuan Province, the city of Suining is one of the many gems of the southwestern part of China. Suining is mostly rural and situated in the middle of the Sichuan Basin. The city shares boundaries with Chengdu in the western part, and Chongqing in its eastern side; Suining is also found in the same area as the neighborhoods of Ziyang Mianyang, Neijiang, and Deyang. This city is perfect for those who are looking for lush sceneries and fresh air—an ideal and serene destination great for taking a break from the busy metropolitan hubs of China.
The city of Suining (Sùiníng in traditional pinyin) is a prefecture-level city that boasts of over three million residents. The main industry in the city is related to agriculture, thanks to its rural features. Several counties in Suining have thriving industries of petroleum and gas, while others have plenty of salt resources, which is a valuable product in the region.
In Chinese, Suining translates to “contentment” or “peace.” This serene name was given to the city when a long-fought war was ended in 347 AD. Chinese legend also says that Suining is the hometown of Guanyin, the traditional Bodhisattva for compassion.
Suining is teeming with natural resources, with 32 percent of the city’s territory covered in lush forests. Natural gas, limestone, and gold are also very important. Aside from the natural resources that Suining contributes to the province of Sichuan, its agricultural lands yield a harvest of different grains, fruits, vegetables, cotton, oilseeds, and even herbs for use in folk medicine. Many farmers in the city also raise pigs.
Aside from its agricultural and natural treasures, Suining is also home to a wide variety of destinations that would appeal to different kinds of tourists. Suining boasts of titles such as the Finance and Ecological City of China and the Excellent Tourism of China.
Getting to Suining is relatively easy, and the transportation system of the city relies heavily on the State Highway 319, and the Chengdu-Chongqing New Trunk Expressway and the Dazhou-Chengdu Railway both run across the city.
Suining is ideal for tourism, industry, and agriculture because of its pleasant weather. The city has a humid subtropical climate—influenced by the monsoon—with the four seasons highly distinct. Summers in Suining are typically long, making the city a great summer destination. Winter is mild in the city, and although it can be foggy at times, the season is generally short. May to September is considered as the rainy season in Suining.
Take advantage of the mild weather in Suining during your visit—the ideal time to go in this Sichuan city is on March to July, and September to November.
The province of Sichuan is known all over the world for its delightfully spicy food, but the city of Suining is also known for sugar frost, a sweet treat prepared by local culinary artisans. Preparing sugar frost can take a long time, but it is great for relieving a good number of medical symptoms, such as cough, dyspnoea, and swelling.
The heavenly Shehong beef is also popular in the area, as well as dried bean curd, fresh grapefruit, and the famed Sichuan pickle. For souvenirs or take-home presents, Tuopai Qujiu Liquor is one of the best.
Natural beauty is one of the best assets of Suining, and tourists can find plenty of interesting destinations within the city.
Longfengxia National Geopark
Situated in the Longfeng Valley, around four kilometres from Mingxing, Shehong County, this national park is one of the best in the city. Tourists will find a wide variety of paleontological relics and woodstone fossils scattered in the vast forest. There are also a number of caves in the park, complemented by a wide variety of historical ruins, such as the large-scale tombs built in the Han Dynasty (from 206 BC to 220 AD) and four Song Dynasty temples (from 960 AD to 1279). Do not forget to bring your camera along for the breathtaking sites.
Celadon Museum of Sichuan
Celadon is one of the most beautiful and most prized kinds of ceramics. Hundreds of historical celadon ware is on view at the Celadon Museum of Sichuan, which boasts of one of the best collections in the country.
Located in Wolong Mountain in the Chuanshan District, this historic site is a sight to behold for those who are interested in history, architecture, and religion. The mountain is home to the Guangde Temple, which was built in the Tang Dynasty (618 to 907 AD). The annual celebration of the Suining-born Bodhisattva Guanyin is a major event in Guangde.
Chinese Dead Sea
Visit this destination during the summer and go for a unique swim. The Chinese Dead Sea has large amounts of minerals and salt, which make swimmers float easily in the water.
Other must-see attractions in Suining include the Lingquan Temple, the Jinhua Mountain, and the scenic Longquan area
Classes and Courses
The city of Suining is very close to Chengdu, which is home to a good number of language, cooking, and martial arts schools. Traveling to Chengdu is quite easy, and very well worth the effort. Sichuan is known for its unique culture and cuisine, and if you want to get a true feel of the region, get a local guide to bring you to the kitchens of private residences.