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Old 02-18-2014, 06:51 PM
 
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Map is tough to read, however I would put Henan in the south, esp given how many Henan people live in Guangdong. Fujian in the east with Shanghai or would you group it with Guangdong in the south? Tough call..

 
Old 02-19-2014, 01:07 AM
 
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Map is tough to read, however I would put Henan in the south, esp given how many Henan people live in Guangdong. Fujian in the east with Shanghai or would you group it with Guangdong in the south? Tough call..
Traditionally Henan is north. Their culture is very northern and Henan dialect is very similar to standard Mandarin.
 
Old 02-19-2014, 01:15 AM
 
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South China: Generally to the south of Qinling Mountain and Huai River. Subtropical humid climate. Rice is the main crop and main source of food.

Historically, south China was ruled by South Song dynasty but the north by Jin dynasty, right before Mongols invaded China.
 
Old 02-19-2014, 05:48 AM
 
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I travelled with a group from Fuzhou with my mother. Though I didn't speak Mandarin or Fuzhou dialect, they seemed pretty friendly and little different to tourists from anywhere else really.
I would like to add that the people from Shandong Province (which is in Eastern China) have a reputation for being extremely friendly. From my two stints working there I would have to agree. They were always extremely helpful although they didn't have much contact with foreigners (as there weren't many there in general).
 
Old 02-19-2014, 07:07 AM
 
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Map is tough to read, however I would put Henan in the south, esp given how many Henan people live in Guangdong. Fujian in the east with Shanghai or would you group it with Guangdong in the south? Tough call..
Henan is a typical northern province, from language to lifestyle. No Chinese will ever consider it as part of the south.
 
Old 02-19-2014, 07:25 AM
 
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Henan is a typical northern province, from language to lifestyle. No Chinese will ever consider it as part of the south.
Henan is definitely northern in all respects...pretty much anywhere north of the Yangtze will lean more northern, but Henan is right in the heartland of China.
 
Old 02-21-2014, 12:44 AM
 
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The main distinction is who you hate on when you are gabbing with people from the same area. In Southern Chinese culture you hate on Northerners. In Northern Chinese culture, you hate on Southerners.
 
Old 02-21-2014, 12:55 AM
 
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The main distinction is who you hate on when you are gabbing with people from the same area. In Southern Chinese culture you hate on Northerners. In Northern Chinese culture, you hate on Southerners.
Shanghai is considered southern, right? What about say Nanjing or Jiangsu?
 
Old 02-21-2014, 02:24 AM
 
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Shanghai is considered southern, right? What about say Nanjing or Jiangsu?
Nanjing is south. Suzhou (the Su part of Jiangsu) is South China without a doubt. Maybe if you go far up north in Jiangsu province people might start identifying differently, but I'd err on the side of the south.
 
Old 02-21-2014, 05:33 AM
 
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Shanghai is considered southern, right? What about say Nanjing or Jiangsu?
Nanjing means the southern capital (or city).
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