Discover the varieties of China's municipalities, cities, provinces, and autonomous regions. Each has its own offering of culture, activities, history and cuisine. Explore the varieties of 4 municipalities, 22 provinces, 5 autonomous regions, and 2 special administration regions.
China's Municipalities information. Municipalities are directly under the administration of central government. A municipality has the same political, economical and jurisdictional rights as a province. China has 4 municipalities: Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai and Tianjin.
The PRC had more than 660 cities by the end of 2002, of which 10 had populations of more than 4 million each in the urban area; 23, between 2 and 4 million; 138, between 1 and 2 million; 279, between 500,000 and 1 million; 171, between 200,000 and 500,000; and 39, fewer than 200,000 people.
Provinces are the highest-level Chinese administrative divisions. There are 34 such divisions, classified as 22 provinces, 4 municipalities, 5 autonomous regions, 2 Special Administrative Regions, and the claimed Taiwan Province.
An autonomous region (AR) is a first-level administrative subdivision of China. Like Chinese provinces, an autonomous region has its own local government, but an autonomous region has more legislative rights. An autonomous region is a minority entity which has a higher population of a particular minority ethnic group.