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Nanjing, which means "Southern Capital", is one of China's most important cities. Located in southwest Jiangsu province, it lies on the south bank of the Yangzi River and forms a key transportation node. Nanjing is a key port on the Yangzi which forms a major east-west transportation artery. It is also near the Grand Canal, which was historically important for north-south transportation. More crucial today is that Nanjing has a major station on the Beijing-Shanghai railway. The construction of the Nanjing Brid…

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Jacobs, J. Bruce, “Nanjing”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 01 February 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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