Yong Peng is about 25km north-east of Batu Pahat and 100km from Johor Bahru. Its northern interchange on North-South Expressway leads to Kuala Lumpur, while the southern interchange connects Johor Bahru.
Formerly known as "He Sheng Kang", or "Kang Kar", the town was surrounded by dense forest, wild animals and several diseases. It was later renamed to Yong Peng, which means 'Peace Forever'. It is one of the few towns in Malaysia with a name taken directly from its Chinese pronunciation.
Ancestors of Chinese in Yong Peng were mostly from FuZhou in southern China, hence the town is famous for its food like FuZhou noodles, FuZhou biscuits and "Tsai-To" fish balls.
Yong Peng, unlikely as it seems, is also a bird watchers' paradise.
Black-Crowned Night Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax) and several other species of birds can be seen flying and feeding around the area fairly frequently.