South China

Dark Red: South China in traditional definition
Medium Red: South China according to the 1945–1949 definition
Light Red: Southern China (A much broader area named Nanfang in Mandarin)

South China or Southern China ( simplified Chinese: 华南; traditional Chinese: 華南; pinyin: huá nán) is a geographical and cultural region that covers the southernmost part of China. Its precise meaning varies with context.

In normal parlance and geography, it refers to the region south of the Qinling Huaihe Line. [1]

The Qinling Huaihe Line separates China into its Northern and Southern regions


In the broadest sense, Southern China can denote the entire portion of the country south of the line demarcated by the Qin Mountains and Huai River. Between 1945 and 1949, the Republic of China defined Guizhou, Yunnan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Fujian and Taiwan as the "Seven Provinces of South China" ( simplified Chinese: 华南七省; traditional Chinese: 華南七省; pinyin: huá nán qī shěng). The term can also be used to denote the Lingnan region; but today, the phrase is generally used to refer only to Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Hong Kong and Macau (historically also known as Liangguang). Defined as such, South China is also contained within South Central China.

Other Languages
Bân-lâm-gú: Hôa-lâm
Deutsch: Südchina
français: Chine du Sud
한국어: 화난
Bahasa Indonesia: Tiongkok Selatan
日本語: 華南
norsk: Sør-Kina
українська: Південний Китай
Tiếng Việt: Hoa Nam
粵語: 華南
中文: 华南地区