Political divisions of China
There are twenty-three provinces, four municipalities, five autonomous regions and two special administrative regions in the People's Republic of China. The island of Taiwan is claimed as a province by the People's Republic of China (PRC), but it is not under their control. Taiwan is an island known as Republic of China (Taiwan).
Provinces-level divisions[change | change source]
There are 34 provinces or other province-level divisions in the People's Republic of China.
Provinces[change | change source]
Municipalities[change | change source]
"Municipality" is the common English name for the Chinese zhíxiáshì, meaning a city directly controlled by the national government.
- Beijing, formerly part of Hebei
- Tianjin, formerly part of Hebei
- Shanghai, formerly part of Jiangsu
- Chongqing, formerly part of Sichuan
Autonomous Regions[change | change source]
"Autonomous region" is the common English name for the Chinese zìzhìqū, meaning an area with greater levels of self government to accommodate minority groups.
- Xinjiang, for the Uygurs and other Turkic peoples
- Tibet, for Tibetans
- Inner Mongolia, for Mongolians
- Guangxi, for the Zhuang
- Ningxia, for the Hui
Special Administrative Regions[change | change source]
"Special administrative region" is the common English name for the Chinese tèbié xíngzhèng qū, meaning an area under special administration as a result of treaties that returned former European colonies to Chinese control.