Yulin is located in southeastern Guangxi province along the border with Guangdong. It is a hilly basin with a total area of 12,838 sq. km.
Yulin's climate is tropical and monsoonal. Average annual temperature is 21°C. Yearly precipitation is 1,650 mm. Annual sunlight hours are more than 1,795.
Artifacts suggest that the area was settled before the Qin Dynasty but a commandery by the name of Yulin was not established until early Han Dynasty. The urban centre of Yulin became a zhou in 996. Since ancient times, Yulin has been important for trade and communications between central China and the south, especially the coast of the Tonkin Gulf.
Yulin has a population of approximately 5.9 million. It is home to China's largest overseas Chinese community, more than 800,000 people. The majority of Yulin's population is Han but there are Zhuang, Miao, and other ethnic minorities totaling more than 100,000 people.
Language and culture
Some Chinese linguists have suggested that the Yulin dialect of Cantonese is the best surviving example of what ancient spoken Chinese would... Read More