Yayji is a village in the Zangezur uezd of the former Yelizavetpol (Ganja) governorate, later in the former Gorus district, and present-day Syunik province. The provincial centre is located 79 km to the north of the town of Gapan and at a height of 1,730 m above sea level. After the establishment of the Zangezur uezd in Soviet Armenia on 31 August 1921, the settlement was integrated into the administrative territory of Armenia. It was marked on the five- verst map of the Caucasus.

The village was previously inhabited by Azerbaijanis, however after the Armenians had been settled in the region, the Azerbaijanis gradually left the village.

The toponym was coined from the name of the Turkic tribe “Yayji”.

By the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Armenian SSR dated 3 July 1968, the name of the village was changed to “Harzhis”. According to the law “On the administrative-territorial division of the Republic of Armenia” dated 7 November 1995, it was integrated into the administrative territory of the Syunik province.

Geographic coordinates: latitude 39°26’N., longitude 46°13’E.