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LINGNAN (simplified Chinese : 岭南; traditional Chinese : 嶺南; pinyin : lǐng nán; Jyutping
Jyutping
: ling5 naam4; literally: "South of the Nanling Mountains") is a geographic area referring to the lands in the south of the Nanling Mountains
Nanling Mountains
. The region covers the modern Chinese provinces of Guangdong
Guangdong
, Guangxi
Guangxi
, and Hainan
Hainan
as well as modern northern Vietnam
Vietnam
.

BACKGROUND

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

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

SEE ALSO

* Liangguang
Liangguang

REFERENCES

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

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