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.
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.
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