Yangjiang, formerly romanized as Yeungkong, is a prefecture-level city in southwestern Guangdong Province in the People's Republic of China. It borders Maoming to the west, Yunfu to the north, Jiangmen to the east, and looks out to the South China Sea to the south. The local dialect is the Gaoyang dialect, a branch of Cantonese. During the 2010 census, its population was 2,421,748 inhabitants of whom 1,119,619 lived in the built-up (or metro) and largely urbanized area comprising Jiangcheng District and Yangdong County.
Under the Qing, Yangjiang County made up part of the commandery of Zhaoqing. It was later split off as a separate prefecture in its own right.
The prefecture-level city of Yangjiang administers 4 county-level divisions, including 2 districts, 1 county-level city and 1 counties.
Yangjiang is located, 2:30 hours from Guangzhou by bus. Notable areas include the Zhapo Beach and Hailing Island near Shapa Town.
Yangjiang is the base of Yangjiang Shibazi, a knife manufacturer.
The Yangjiang Group artist collective is based in the city, and its members' work is largely inspired by the locality.
The city is named for the Yang River.
The city was hit by a magnitude 5.9 earthquake on July 25, 1969 which killed over 3,000 people. The area is known for its relatively high levels of natural background radiation.
Yangjiang has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cwa), with mild to warm winters and long, hot (but not especially so) summers, and very humid conditions year-round. Winter begins sunny and dry but becomes progressively wetter and cloudier. Spring is generally overcast, while summer brings the heaviest rains of the year though is much sunnier; there are 12.6 days with 50 mm (1.97 in) or more rainfall. Autumn is sunny and dry. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from 15.1 °C (59.2 °F) in January to 28.2 °C (82.8 °F) in July, and the annual mean is 22.48 °C (72.5 °F). The annual rainfall is around 2,440 mm (96 in), close to two-thirds of which occurs from May to August. With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 18% in May to 55% in October, the city receives 1,757 hours of bright sunshine annually.