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English writing: where

Mary and her husband Dimitri lived in the tiny village of Perachora in southern Greece.

southern = the south of 

When reports came into London Zoo that a wild puma had been spotted forty-five miles south of London, they were not taken seriously.

in / on / to the south of …

  • Shanghai is in the south of China.
  • Vietnam is on the south of China.
  • Indonesia is to the south of China.
  • 100 kilometers south of Xi’an

near, around … close to … next to,

in the neighborhood of … / in the vicinity of …

off …

I rent an apartment off campus.
W: Not if I can help it. I’ve been thinking of renting an apartment off campus with some friends of mine.

Some time ago, archaeologists made an interesting discovery on the Aegean island of Kea.

the city of Beijing
the promontory of Ayia Irini
the tiny village of Perachora
the famous monastery of St. Bernard

Strange forms stand in gardens, and outside buildings and shops.
The Monument to the People’s Heroes stands in the center of Tian’anmen Square.
The house sits on top of a hill overlooking the town.
The famous monastery of St. Bernard, which was founded in the 11th century, lies about a mile away.

China boasts a lot of beautiful scenery.

cosmos, universe

rural, pastoral, suburban, urban, metropolitan, metropolis, cosmic 

universal, suburban, provincial.