Yiyang City, as a famous "home of rice and fish" in the Dongting Lake area,is located in the north of Hunan Province. Yiyang is bordered by Hubei Province in 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 east of Yiyang City.
Location: in north Hunan Province, China
Area::12,325 square kilometers (4,759 square miles)
Population: 4,510,000 (statistics in 2015)
Nationalities: Han, Hui
Dialing code: 0737
Zip code: 425000
Main attractions: Taohuajiang River,South Dongting Lake Wetland Park, Anhua Tea-Hourse Path,etc
As early as 5,000 years ago, there were villages scattered around this area. 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 city's territory. The terrain of the city generally slopes downward from the southern hilly and mountainous region to the northern alluvial plain formed by Dongting Lake.
Administrative Division: 2 districts (Heshan, Ziyang); 3 counties (Nanxian, Taojiang, Anhua); 1 county-level city (Yuanjiang)
Special Local Products: Bamboo wares, paper umbrellas, preserved eggs, hawthorn, bamboo shoot, Fu Zhuan Cha (a kind of tea brick or compressed tea).Yiyang, as a famous "home of rice and fish" in the Dongting Lake area, is a major producer of food grains, cotton, oil-bearing crops, pigs and industrial crops. Its ramie accounts for one fourth of the world's production. It is also one of the ten major bamboo-growing areas in China. Its industrial products include ramie clothes, foodstuffs, cooking oil, bamboo sleeping mats, which have a good domestic and international market.
Its industrial products include ramie clothes, hot foodstuffs, cooking oil, bamboo sleeping mats, preserved duck eggs and antimony products, and sell well on both the domestic and international markets. In addition, there are 25 high-tech projects in the Yiyang High-Tech Science Park, including the Zhongke Software Corporation, a bio-genetic engineering project, etc.The local investment environment is being optimized. Improved infrastructure facilities, such as those involving energy, transport and telecommunications, provide better conditions for economic and social development.
What to see in Yiyang?
Traveling from Changsha to Yiyang by the Changsha-Yiyang Expressway, tourists can go to Zishan Lake for golf, then visit the Bamboo Sea Scenic Area in Taohuajiang Scenic Area, where green and straight bamboo, variously called moso bamboo, tortoise-shell bamboo, or maozhu [Phyllostachysedulis],cover more than 700,000 hectares, forming a rolling sea of bamboo. You may ascend the bamboo tower to appreciate this sea of bamboo and refresh yourself. Then visit the ancient Anhua Tea-horse Road to sample black tea made from hundreds of years old prescriptions. Sightsee at Anhua Tuoxi Reservoir and sample the organically grown fish.
|Ancient Tea-Horse Road||Taohuajiang & Bamboo Sea||Qingxi Village|
|Zishanhu Golf Club||Bailu Temple||Meishan Ancient Village|
How to get there?
Yiyang has railways, highways and waterways radiating to all directions. Though Yiyang does not have an airport, it is only an hour's drive from Yiyang to Changsha Huanghua International Airport.
Yiyang Railway Station is located in Ziyang district. There are Changsha-Shimen and Luoyang-Zhanjiang railways meeting here, and regular trains going from Yiyang to Changsha, Zhangjiajie, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and other cities in China.
The main passenger transport arteries in Yiyang are consisted of the Changsha-Guangzhou Expressway, G319, S308, S204 and G207 highways. Passenger buses leave the bus stations in Yiyang for cities in Hunan and other neighboring provinces regularly.
Yiyang has 26 public bus lines, and the starting price of taxis ranges from RMB3 yuan to RMB4 yuan.
Public bus information: (86)737-6528065
Changcheng Taxi Co.: (86)737-4223038
Public Bus Net: www.yiyang.8684.cn
When to visit Yiyang?
Yiyang city 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.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.It is the bedt time to visit Yiyang from March to November.