Yongzhou Travel Guide

Yongzhou Facts

Chinese Name: 永州 (yǒng zhōu)
Population: 5,452,100
Area: 22,400 square kilometers (8,649 square miles)
Location: in the south of Hunan Province, south-central China
Administrative Division: 2 districts (Lengshuitan, Lingling); 8 counties (Yong'an, Daoxian, Ningyuan, Jiangyong, Lanshan, Xintian, Shuangpai, Qiyang); 1 autonomous county (Jianghua Yao Autonomous County)
Area Code: 0746
Zip Code: 425000
GDP (2018): CNY 180.565 billion (USD 27.289 billion)

Famous for Special Female Script & Ancient Shanggantang Village

Yongzhou is located in the south of Hunan Province, neighboring Chenzhou to the east and Hengyang to the north. It is also bordered by Guangdong Province to the south and Guangxi to the west. It features the female script in Jiangyong County, the only special character invented by women in the world. In the old days, local women used the female script to communicate, record, and make friends with each other. The female script is mostly written on paper, books, Chinese fans or embroidered on clothes and handkerchiefs. It is pronounced in the local dialect, and taught to women only. Visitors can  learn more about this magic language in the Jiangyong Female Script Ecological Museum. Another highlight is Shanggantang Village which has preserved many ancient buildings, such as pavilions, bridges, residences as well as many stone inscriptions.

Yongzhou Attractions - Things to Do

Jiuyi Mountain

Located 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of Ningyuan County, the mountain consists of nine peaks. It is charming and attractive not only for the unique natural scenery, but also for a vivid legend. The story tells of one of the five great emperors in Chinese prehistoric times, Shun the Great, and his two concubines. On hearing about his death in the Cangwu Mountain (this was the old name for Jiuyi Mountain), the two concubines went there but failed to find their husband. They missed the way because the nine peaks all look so alike. Nowadays, the central peak is called Shunyuan Peak and the two elegant peaks around it are said to be the two women. 

Admission Fees Yongfu Temple: CNY 30
Shunyuan Peak: CNY 30
Zixia Rock: CNY 90
Mausoleum of Shun the Great: CNY 80
Combo ticket: CNY 230 (including four scenic spots mentioned above) 
Opening Hours 08:00 to 17:30
Transportation Take bus from Yongzhou North Bus Station or Lingling Bus Station to Ningyuan Bus Station and then change direct bus from there to Jiuyi Mountain

Shanggantang Village

Since the time of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), the Zhou family lived in Shanggantang Village in present southwestern Jiangyong County. This is the most historical village discovered in Hunan. There are still two hundred old resident houses of ancient styles, and many buildings of Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. 

Forest of Steles in Wuxi

Forest of Steles at Wuxi has garnered hundreds of inscriptions carved on rocks from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) to 1920, and is an outstanding art treasure of Chinese culture.

How to Get to Yongzhou

Yongzhou Lingling Airport is being rebuilt from April, 2019. It is 8 kilometers (5 miles) away from Downtown. Presently, passengers can transfer at Guilin Liangjiang International Airport or Changsha Huanghua International Airport firstly, then go to Yongzhou by taking train or intercity bus.

There are three main bus stations: Lingling Bus Station, North Station and the West Station.
North Bus Station (Hequ Bus Station or Yongzhou Bus Station): beside the Hequ Bridge, Lengshuitan District
Bus Routes: 2
West Bus Station: Fenghuang Yuan, Lengshuitan District
Bus Routes: 2, 14
Lingling Bus Station (Zhishan Bus Station): 115, Zhishan Nan Lu
Bus Routes: 1, 3, 7, 13, 19, 21
Note: Downtown Yongzhou is 200 kilometers (124 miles), about three hours' drive from Guilin Liangjiang International Airport of Guangxi, which is another way for visitors to get in and out of the city.



Situated at the junction of temperate and subtropical zones, Yongzhou enjoys a humid monsoon climate characterized by a moderate temperature, abundant rainfall and sufficient sunshine. The annual average temperature is around 17.6-18.6 C  (63.7-65.5 F).    
 When to Go: throughout the year

Yongzhou Travel Tips

 History: Yongzhou was known as Lingling before the Sui Dynasty (581-618). Lingling County was first established in the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC) and was later promoted to Lingling Shire. The Sui Court decided to abolish the system of prefectures and counties, and Lingling was then changed to Yongzhou Fu. After that, the place was called both Yongzhou and Lingling.        
 Physical Features: Within the city, there are mountains and hills standing in the northwest and southeast, and mountain ranges cut Yongzhou in the middle, forming the Lingqi and Ningdao plains surrounded by mountains. On the whole, its terrain is higher in the southwest and lower in the northeast and the centre.                
 Special Local Products: ebony, bamboo shoots, pomelo, flue-cured tobacco, red melon seeds, Chinese mushrooms

- Last updated on Jun. 09, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Yongzhou Travel
Asked by Levin Yang from SINGAPORE | Dec. 15, 2016 22:39Reply
How do i go to Yongzhou from Guangzhou? Is it faster using train or flight? How about the schedule?
Answers (3)
Answered by Linda from USA | Dec. 16, 2016 01:57

Dear Levin, there is no direct flight. It will be faster to travel by bullet train. The train departs from Guangzhou South Railway Station at 08:40, and the tirp takes about 3.5 hours. A second class seat costs CNY 281.5; a first class seat costs CNY 434.5; a luxury seat costs CNY 532. ;)
Answered by Levin from SINGAPORE | Dec. 16, 2016 08:49

Hello, how many schedule does it has?
Answered by Linda | Dec. 20, 2016 02:12

There is only one bullet train from Guangzhou South Railway Station.
In addition, you can also take the normal speed train. The total two schedules are 21:02 and 23:49.
Asked by Ben from USA | Oct. 05, 2015 12:01Reply
How do you go from guangzhou provincial bus station to baiyun airport?
Or if you arrive in Guangzhou train station by train from yongzhou. How do you get to the baiyun airport from the train station? Thanks Sir.
-Asked by Ben of USA
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Answered by Linda from NEW ZEALAND | Oct. 07, 2015 21:28

The Provincial Bus Station and Guangzhou Rail Station are very close. After arriving there, walk to Civil Aviation Ticket Center nearby to take shuttle bus line 1 to Baiyun Airport in 50-60min. Or at the rail station, take subway line 2 to Jiahewanggang, and transfer to line 3 to the airport.
Asked by Joshua from USA | Aug. 25, 2014 06:13Reply
Can someone tell me how ar and long it takes to get from Tongzi to Yongzhou? Bus, train ?
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Answered by Libo from ROMANIA | Aug. 26, 2014 03:11

Do you refer to the Tong Zi Ao Village? If so, there is no bus or train going there, you need to hire a car to get there. It is about 60km for YZ downtown, and the car ride is about 3 hours.
Answered by Joshua from USA | Sep. 07, 2014 06:48

Yes, I am referring to Tongzi in Guizhou province. WIth the high schools and middle schools. I thought the ride was ore like 7 or 8 hours to get to YZ? No overnight buses ? How much would a car cost? Thank you for your assistance.

Answered by Josey from DENMARK | Sep. 09, 2014 03:43

You are right. The car ride from Tongzi County to YZ takes around 8 hours and it is around 760km between. It would cost a lot by renting a car, so it is more advisable to take public transportation. I suggest you take a train from Tongzi to Huaihua first and the train tickets are recommended to book in advance. Then go to Huaihua Central Bus Station to take a direct bus to your destination.
Answered by Joshua from USA | Sep. 13, 2014 06:23

Any idea how much it would cost to hire a car to take me from Tongzi to YZ? Thanks.
Answered by Adele from CHINA | Sep. 14, 2014 03:03

As it is too far away, I can just tell you the fee is very high. By now, few people hired a car for the trip, so it is hard to tell you the quote for reference.
Asked by Fibi | Jul. 29, 2013 06:05Reply
how long from yongzhou in hunan to guangzhou by bus?
which is the fastest way to get guangzhou in less hours? how much the ticket? from which bus/train station from guangzhou?
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Answered by Lynn from USA | Jul. 30, 2013 01:32

The bus from YZ to Guangzhou takes about 10 hours. The bus fare is 120RMB. The bus starts from YZ Bus Station and ends in Guangzhou Provincial Bus Station in Guangzhou.
From YZ to Guangzhou, there are three trains: K9128/K9125, K38/K35 and K950/K951. The trains take about 8 hours. The ticket price is 91RMB for seat and 158 to 169RMB for hard sleeper.
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