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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).
There are 23 provinces in the People's Republic of China.
There are 4 municipalities in the People's Republic of China. "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
There are 5 autonomous regions in the People's Republic of China. "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
There are 2 special administrative regions in the People's Republic of China. "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.