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Lingnan (simplified Chinese: 岭南; traditional Chinese: 嶺南; pinyin: lǐng nán) is a geographic area referring to lands in the south of China's Nan Mountains: Tayu, Qitian, Dupang, Mengzhu, and Yuecheng. The region covers the modern Chinese provinces of Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, and Hainan as well as modern northern Vietnam.[1]


The area was inhabited by the Baiyue and was the motherland of ancient Nanyue. At that time, Lingnan was considered as a barbarian land and it had loose contact with the Zhongyuan, which was the cultural cradle of Chinese culture.

In the second century BCE, the Han–Nanyue War led to its absorption into China during the Southward expansion of the Han dynasty, and its development was boosted once the Mei Pass was paved.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ History of Lingnan. Travel China. Accessed June 20, 2012.
  2. ^ Social and Clan Culture in the Lingnan Region. Accessed June 20, 2012. Archived October 6, 2008 at the Wayback Machine