Western China & Yueyang – map

Well, it seems my new hometown is 6 hours by train from everywhere: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong – all within reach for a weekend trip. Some foreign capitals to fly to directly from Yueyang are Hanoi (2 hours), then Seoul (3) and Tokyo (4).

‘Yue’ is a word denoting ‘mountain’, and ‘Yang’ is the strong and positive power of Eastern philosophy.

It is situated in Hunan province, which means ‘south of the lake’ (‘north of the lake’ is Hubei, the next province up). Dongting Lake is the lake in question, which lies not far south of Yueyang, and is legendary as the birthplace of dragon boat racing.