I traveled to Hunan province and stumbled across something interesting.
I was speaking to a taxi driver and asked him, 'where are you from'? He responded, 'Funan'. I then realized he actually meant 'Hunan' (湖南). I thought, perhaps he had a lisp or accent.
Upon conversing with a hotel receptionist and a porter, they both referred to Hunan as Funan.
That's not all, there is a city in Hunan called Huaihua (怀化). They referred to it as Fuaihua.
Do Hunanese (?) pronounce cities beginning with 'H' with an 'F'? Why is this? Does this pronunciation rule apply only for cities inside Hunan (including the Hunan province?). Does this only apply to place names?