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Yangchow(both: yäng`jō`), city (1994 est. pop. 355,500), Jiangsu prov., China, on the Grand Canal. It is an agricultural market and transportation center with textile and other light industries. An ancient walled city, Yangzhou was in the 6th cent. one of the three capitals of the SuiSui
, dynasty of China that ruled from 581 to 618. This short-lived dynasty reunified China in 589 after 400 years of division and laid the foundation for further consolidation under the T'ang dynasty.
..... Click the link for more information. dynasty and was later an important cultural center under the T'angT'ang
, dynasty of China that ruled from 618 to 907. It was founded by Li Yuan and his son Li Shih-min, with the aid of Turkish allies. The early strength of the T'ang was built directly upon the excellent system of communications and administration established by the Sui.
..... Click the link for more information. dynasty; it also was a center of Nestorian Christianity (see Nestorian ChurchNestorian Church,
officially the Assyrian Church of the East, Christian community of Iraq, Iran, and SW India. It represents the ancient church of Persia and is sometimes also called the East Syrian Church. It numbers about 175,000, including emigrants to the United States.
..... Click the link for more information. ). Marco Polo was an official there from 1282 to 1285. Yangzhou is famous for its storytellers (who still perform today) as well as for its historic buildings and former palaces. The city was formerly known as Jiangdu.