Yachang is located in the western part of Leye County, with the Nanpan Jiang river to the west, at the edge of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. The highest peak in the IBA is Gaodaping, at 1,982 m, and the whole area has low to medium height mountains. There are still large patches of coniferous-broadleaf mixed forest and commercially-exploited forest, with forest cover of 17%. The construction of a hydro-electric plant has had some impacts on the IBA.
Non-bird biodiversity: Nationally protected animals include Andrias davidianus, Python molurus, Macaca thibetana, Manis pentadactyla, Macaca mulatta, Viverra zibetha and Moschus berezovskii.
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Yachang. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/05/2022.