Yangzhou, (Yangchow), is a prefecture-level city in central Jiangsu Province (Suzhong), East China. Sitting on the north bank of the Yangtze, it borders the provincial capital Nanjing to the south-west, Huai'an to the north, Yancheng to the north-east, Taizhou to the east, and Zhenjiang across the river to the south. Its urban area includes three urban districts, currently in the agglomeration.
Historically, Yangzhou was one of the wealthiest cities in China, known at various periods for its great merchant families, poets, artists, and scholars. Its name refers to its former position as the capital of the ancient Yangzhou prefecture in imperial China. Yangzhou was one of the first cities to benefit from one of the earliest world bank loans in China, used to construct Yangzhou thermal power station in 1994.
Yangzhou is the site of Chengxi shipyard, large shipyard where bulk carriers and other types of large ships are built. Owned partly by the state owned CSSC holdings, through Jiangsu Xinrong shipyard, Chengxi Yangzhou shipyard builds ships from 25,000 dwt to 170,000 dwt in size.
Yangzhou is ranked #163 by the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) which evaluates and ranks world cities in the context of economic competitiveness. Yangzhou was ranked #1344 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Yangzhou has a population of over 2,146,980 people. Yangzhou also forms part of the wider Yangzhou metropolitan area which has a population of over 4,414,681 people.
Yangzhou is twinned with: Balashikha, Moscow Oblast, Russia • Kent, Washington, US • Malacca City, Malaysia • Neubrandenburg, Germany • Offenbach am Main, Germany • Orléans, France • Porirua, New Zealand • Vaughan, Ontario, Canada • Westport, Connecticut, US.