Lingnan (simplified Chinese: 岭南; traditional Chinese: 嶺南;
pinyin: lǐng nán; Jyutping: ling5 naam4; literally: "South of the
Nanling Mountains") is a geographic area referring to the lands in the
south of the Nanling Mountains. The region covers the modern Chinese
provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi, and
Hainan as well as modern northern
The area was inhabited by the
Baiyue and was the base of the 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 Han dynasty during the Southward expansion of the Han dynasty,
and its development was boosted once the
Mei Pass was paved.
^ History of Lingnan. Travel China. Accessed June 20, 2012.
^ Social and Clan Culture in the
Lingnan Region. Shvoong.com. Accessed
June 20, 2012. Archived October 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
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