In the history of China, Jiangnan Area (江南地区, southern area) is a well-developed, beautiful and rich region, the word Jiangnan or sometime addressed as Ink Jiangnan (水墨江南) reflects people’s hope for peaceful and stable life. Jiangnan Area is widely known as the paradise of China.
From ancient times, the border of Jiangnan Area was constantly changing, various areas had been included in the Jiangnan Area in different periods. In ancient times, Jiangnan often represents prosperity and affluent rivers and lakes and the beautiful scene areas which are roughly in the south of the Yangtze River region. During the Qing Dynasty, Jiangnan Area (江南地区, southern area) included the current Jiangsu and Anhui provinces.