Yangyue (Chinese: 揚越; pinyin: yángyuè) is a tribe of the Yue people, one of the ancient peoples in the South China. In the Chinese historical books, the description about Yangyue earliest appeared in the Warring States period[1]. The credible explanation is that, it is a tribe of the ancient Yue people who originally lived in Yang Province (Yang Zhou), one of the ancient Nine Provinces (Jiu Zhou), so the tribe was called as “Yangyue”, it means Yue people from Yang Province.

During the Warring States period, after the Yue Kingdom was destroyed, Yangyue and Baiyue were gradually getting more and more famous. In each period, the referent may not necessarily be the same object. The modern Zhejiang province is the core area of the ancient Yang Province, the provinces of Fujian and Guangdong, the south of Jiangsu and Anhui, and the east of Jiangxi are included in its territory. Afterwards, the tribe of Yue people spread to the adjacent regions, modern Jiangxi, the east and north of Hunan and the east of Hubei, who the Yue people lived in were also known as Yangyue.

Yangyue's residences were dominated by mountains, hills, basins and river valleys. They were distributed in the Yangtze River basin, including the river valleys of Han, Xiang, Zi, Yuan, Li and Gan, basins of Dongting Lake and Poyang Lake. Yangyue people made their living from agricultural production, they had settled their lives and mainly grew rice.[2]


  1. ^ eastday.com (2018-02-17) or 163.com
  2. ^ translation according to baike