Yiyang Travel Guide

Yiyang Facts

Chinese Name: 益阳 (yì yáng)
Population: 4,938,000
Area: 12,144 square kilometers (4,689 square miles)
Location: in the north of Hunan Province, south-central China
Administrative Division: 3 counties (Taojiang, Anhua, Nanxian); 3 districts (Ziyang, Heshan, Dotonghu); 1 county-level city (Yuanjiang)
Area Code: 0737
Zip Code: 413000
GDP (2018): CNY 175.84 billion (USD 26.57 billion)

The City of Badminton

Located in the north of Hunan Province, Yiyang is bordered by Hubei Province to the north. Within Hunan, it neighbors the choppy Dongting Lake in the northeast, in the neighborhood of Yueyang, Changde and Huaihua. Changsha, the capital city of Hunan, is 70 kilometers (43 miles) east of Yiyang. Yiyang is honored as the city of badminton because it has cultivated many world badminton champions and has a very broad mass base.

The fertile soil and suitable climate in Yiyang provide excellent conditions for planting a variety of crops, making the city the main production base of grain, cotton, hemp, oil and sugar. A large amount of bamboo and tea is planted in the central region, and the output ranks first in Hunan. All these turn Yiyang into an abundant place and hometown of bamboo. The Yiyang travel features beautiful Dongting Lake, waving bamboo sea and ancient tea-horse roads.

Yiyang Attractions - Things to Do

Taohua (Peach Blossom) River

It is a brook in Taojiang County well known to the whole country for a song about the river composed in the 1930s. The River zigzags for 58 kilometers (36 miles) and is dotted with many fine landscapes. On Hongshan Mountain 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Taoyuan county seat, there is a bamboo sea.  This impression is given by the waves of rolling green. Shy Lady Mountain lying 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the county seat is made up of seven peaks in the shape of a beautiful woman laying on the river bank. Southward 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Taoyuan, Taohua Lake can be found. During late March and early April, the peach blossoms are set off perfectly by the choppy lake water in the breeze. Luoxi Waterfall is in Shijingtou Township of Taojiang County. It is definitely an imposing sight to see the water rushing furiously down, and stirring up whirlpools when it reaches the bottom.
 Other Scenic Spots: Bailu Temple, Yuanjiang River

How to Get to Yiyang

1. A fifty-minute expressway ride connects Yiyang City and Changsha Huanghua International Airport.
2. Yiyang Railway Station is on South Jinshan Road in Ziyang District. It is the largest transfer railway station in northern Hunan Province.
3. Heshan Bus Station is the largest road transport station of Yiyang and is located on Luoxi Lu. From the station, buses to Changsha leave every thirty minutes and arrive in one hour.



Yiyang enjoys a subtropical humid monsoon climate and the annual average temperature is a bit higher than many other regions around it. Comparatively, it has cooler summers and warmer winters. The rainfall is obviously abundant during July. Overcast and rainy weather together with cold air may occur in spring. 
 When to Go: March to September

Yiyang Travel Tips

 History: As early as 5,000 years ago, there were villages scattered around Yiyang. During the Warring States Period (476BC-221BC), it belonged to the territory of the Chu Kingdom. The Qin Court (221BC-206BC) put it under the administration of Changsha Shire. Later in the early Western Han Dynasty (206BC-24AD), Yiyang County, the first county in this area was established.    
 Physical Features: Medium mountainous and plain areas comprise over seventy percent of the territory of Yiyang. The terrain of the city generally slopes downward from the southern hilly and mountainous region to the northern alluvial plain formed by Dongting Lake.                
 Special Local Products: Bamboo wares, paper umbrellas, preserved eggs, hawthorn, bamboo shoot, Fu Zhuan Cha (a kind of tea brick or compressed tea)  

- Last updated on May. 27, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Yiyang Travel
Asked by Diana from UGANDA | Aug. 16, 2015 15:57Reply
Nursery schools

I will be going to study at xiangtan university and will be travelling with my three and a half year old daughter who is in nursery. Will I be able to get a nursery school that teaches in English near the university?
Answers (1)
Answered by Linda from ITALY | Aug. 16, 2015 20:55

I know several international Nursery School, which teaches English and Chinese both.
Yinglun International Nursery School, located at No. 28 of Xiaguang Road.
Hualong Mingzhu international Nursery School, located at No. Jingui 6th Road.
Have a try these.
Asked by cheri from USA | May. 02, 2013 06:46Reply
What is the address of the Yiyang City Children Welfare Institute?
This place might have been destroyed. If so, what WAS the address? Are there other orphanages in the area?
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Answered by Anna from AUSTRALIA | May. 02, 2013 22:19

No, it still exists and the location is No. 77, North Sanyi Street, Ziyang District.
Asked by Ardalan from CHINA | Feb. 02, 2013 11:13Reply
Hello, How to go to Yiyang from Changsha South railway station? I will be there on Feb.11.2013.
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Answered by Judy | Feb. 02, 2013 21:37

After you get out of the railway station, you may find many bus stops, where you can find BRT 63 bus and you can take it to reach Changsha West Bus Station. At this bus station, you can find frequent buses for Yiyang.
Answered by Ardalan from CHINA | Feb. 03, 2013 00:05

Hi Judy,
Thank you so much.
It seems you are so familiar with China.
Best regards,
Asked by Ms.Joan from USA | Mar. 22, 2011 13:03Reply
We are returningto Yiyang for a visit back to my daughter s orphanage SWI and was wondering what dept stores are in area of our hotel Huatian? What should we look to purchase that is known in this area?
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Answered by Mr.Frank | Mar. 22, 2011 20:23

There is a Chaoyang Integrated Wholesale Department about 300m away from the hotel. You should purchase some local products in this area such as paper umbrella, bamboo artworks and soft sweets.
Answered by hardy wieting from UNITED STATES | Jun. 09, 2013 22:01

we also adopted from Yi Yang. Our daughter is now 18 and has just graduated from high school. I very much want to send an email with a photo of the graduation to the orphanage to show them how successful what they did back in Dec 95/Jan 96 has been. I believe the Director is now Gong Diankun. Do you have an email for him or for anyone else at the orphanage? How did your visit go? We also stayed at the Huatian -- I am glad to see that it is still going. Can you send us a picture of your daughter? I will send you one of ours. We live in California, though we lived in DC when we adopted. Hope to hear from you. My email in gmail.com|hardyw
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