Why is the Yangtze River now called the Chang Jiang?

by admin on August 12, 2011

Question by *Lexi*: Why is the Yangtze River now called the Chang Jiang?
Extra Credit Geography Question: Why is the Yangtze River now called the Chang Jiang?????

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Answer by Mamie
The Chinese always called it the Chang Jiang. The pronunciation was changed to Yangtze by misinformed westerners. Just like the name of the capital of China – Beijing. For years, westerners called it Pepin or Peking, etc. Western ears do not hear Chinese sounds well and western mouths cannot copy the sounds well. Same thing for Chinese ears hearing western sounds.

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