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An irregular transliteration from Mandarin 揚子江扬子江 (Yángzǐ Jiāng, literally “Yangzi River”), an older Chinese name of the part of the river near Yangzhou.

The folk etymology that it means "Son of the Ocean" derives from the homophonic misnomer which was apparently given to Matteo Ricci, whose posthumously-published journals popularized the name in Europe as Latin Iansu and Iansuchian.


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  1. The longest river in China that flows to the East China Sea north of Shanghai.
    • 1900, Isabella L. Bird, The Yangtze Valley and Beyond[1], volume 1, pages 9-10:
      It is not till the Yangtze reaches Sha-shih that its character completely changes. The first note of change is a great embankment, thirty feet high, which protects the region from inundation. Below Sha-shih the vast river becomes mixed up with a network of lakes and rivers, connected by canals, the area of the important Tungting Lake being over 2000 square miles.
    • 1969, Yi-Fu Tuan, China[2], Chicago: Aldine Publishing Company, page 22:
      Aside from the Turfan depression in Hsin-chiang (Sinkiang) province, the hottest part of China lies in the middle and lower Yangtze Valley. Maximum temperatures of 43°-44°C (110°-112°F) have been recorded in Ch'ang-sha and Nan-ching.
    • 1974, John H. Winkelman, The Imperial Library in Southern Sung China, 1127-1279 : A Study of the Organization and Operation of the Scholarly Agencies of the Central Government[3], page 12:
      Early in the summer of 1127 the emperor was located near the city of Nan-ching just south of the Yangtze River.


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