Administrative divisions of China

Administrative divisions of China

A presentation of the major administrative units of China.

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China

China is one of the largest countries in the world. With an area of 9.6 million square kilometres, it occupies one-fourth of Asia. Its population exceeds 1.4 billion, which accounts for almost one-fifth of the world's population.

China has a population density of 150 people per square kilometre, but it is unevenly distributed between the eastern and western parts of the country. While in the western, mountainous regions the population density is generally below 20 people per square kilometre, in the eastern part of the country it is sometimes higher than 1,000 people per square kilometre.

The official name of the country is the People's Republic of China.

According to the Chinese constitution, the country's administrative system is based on three levels.

The first level consists of 34 provincial-level units. These include provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the Central Government, and special administrative regions. The size of these administrative divisions varies greatly: their areas in the core regions are relatively similar to one another, ranging from 150-200 thousand square kilometres. However, they are larger on the peripheries of the country and in regions with a smaller population density (in the western and northern parts of the country). With an area of 1.6 million square kilometres, Xinjiang is the largest administrative division.

The second level comprises prefectures, counties and cities; while townships and towns represent the third level.

The administrative divisions of the country have not changed significantly for hundreds of years.

Provinces

China is one of the largest countries in the world. With an area of 9.6 million square kilometres, it occupies one-fourth of Asia. Its population exceeds 1.4 billion, which accounts for almost one-fifth of the world's population.

China has a population density of 150 people per square kilometre, but it is unevenly distributed between the eastern and western parts of the country. While in the western, mountainous regions the population density is generally below 20 people per square kilometre, in the eastern part of the country it is sometimes higher than 1,000 people per square kilometre.

The official name of the country is the People's Republic of China.

According to the Chinese constitution, the country's administrative system is based on three levels.

The first level consists of 34 provincial-level units. These include provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the Central Government, and special administrative regions. The size of these administrative divisions varies greatly: their areas in the core regions are relatively similar to one another, ranging from 150-200 thousand square kilometres. However, they are larger on the peripheries of the country and in regions with a smaller population density (in the western and northern parts of the country). With an area of 1.6 million square kilometres, Xinjiang is the largest administrative division.

The second level comprises prefectures, counties and cities; while townships and towns represent the third level.

The administrative divisions of the country have not changed significantly for hundreds of years.

Provincial capitals

China is one of the largest countries in the world. With an area of 9.6 million square kilometres, it occupies one-fourth of Asia. Its population exceeds 1.4 billion, which accounts for almost one-fifth of the world's population.

China has a population density of 150 people per square kilometre, but it is unevenly distributed between the eastern and western parts of the country. While in the western, mountainous regions the population density is generally below 20 people per square kilometre, in the eastern part of the country it is sometimes higher than 1,000 people per square kilometre.

The official name of the country is the People's Republic of China.

According to the Chinese constitution, the country's administrative system is based on three levels.

The first level consists of 34 provincial-level units. These include provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the Central Government, and special administrative regions. The size of these administrative divisions varies greatly: their areas in the core regions are relatively similar to one another, ranging from 150-200 thousand square kilometres. However, they are larger on the peripheries of the country and in regions with a smaller population density (in the western and northern parts of the country). With an area of 1.6 million square kilometres, Xinjiang is the largest administrative division.

The second level comprises prefectures, counties and cities; while townships and towns represent the third level.

The administrative divisions of the country have not changed significantly for hundreds of years.

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