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Can anyone explain the rationale for grouping these together? I don't see the connection between Henan and Hainan... Brutannica (talk) 14:48, 1 April 2012 (UTC)
Supposedly the term is a combination of Central China (Henan, Hubei, Hunan) and South China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan), which is the far south of the country. GotRTalk 16:07, 1 April 2012 (UTC)
Interesting, though: my impression is that various institutions (universities, companies etc) in Wuhan and Guangzhou, respectively, are usually called Huazhong [something] (i.e., "Central China [something]) and Huanan [something] (i.e., "South China [something]"), so I always thought that those regional designations are at least semi-official. I never realized that it is "Zhongnan" (South Central" that is an official division of sorts! OTOH, "South Central China" has pretty similar shape to the Guangzhou Military Region (although the latter also includes Henan Province and the two SARs). -- Vmenkov (talk) 06:17, 3 April 2012 (UTC)