Immediate provincial administrative zone

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Administrative division of
the People's Republic of China

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Provincial level
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Immediate provincial administrative zones
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Special areas
Community level
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Communities of residents

Immediate provincial administrative zones ( Chinese  副 省級 行政區  /  副 省级 行政区 , Pinyin fùshěngjí xíngzhèngqū ) are administrative units at the level of a district-free city in the People's Republic of China . The first provincial cities ( 副 省級 城市  /  副 省级 城市 , fù shěngjí chéngshì ) were given a special status by a government decision of February 25, 1994. The mayor or chairman of a provincial administrative zone has the same rank as the vice-governor of a province. Originally 16 provincial cities were created. Since Chongqing was promoted to the rank of a city under the government in 1997, 15 cities remain. In addition, there are two new municipal districts ( 新區  /  新区 , Xīn Qū ) and a provincial autonomous district ( 副 省級 自治州  /  副 省级 自治州 , fù shěngjí zìzhìzhōu ). These have a much higher degree of rights, competencies and responsibilities, especially in the areas of justice and economics, than the other 270 prefecture-level cities.

Immediate provincial cities

There are currently (2020) 15 provincial immediate cities.

Provincial Immediate
Changchun Jilin
Cheng you Sichuan
Dalian Liaoning
Guangzhou Guangdong
Hangzhou Zhejiang
Harbin Heilongjiang
Jinan Shandong
Nanjing Jiangsu
Ningbo Zhejiang
Qingdao Shandong
Shenyang Liaoning
Shenzhen Guangdong
Wuhan Hubei
Xiamen Fujian
Xi'an Shaanxi
  • Among the 15 cities, ten are provincial capitals (Changchun, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Jinan, Nanjing, Shenyang, Wuhan and Xi'an).
  • The provinces of Guangdong, Liaoning, Shandong and Zhejiang each represent two provincial cities,
  • Fujian, Heilongjiang, Hubei, Jiangsu, Jilin, Shaanxi and Sichuan each one.
  • Fujian is the only province on this list that does not have the capital ( Fuzhou ) as a sub-provincial city.

New boroughs

  1. Pudong New District in Shanghai
  2. Binhai New District in Tianjin

Immediate Provincial Autonomous Districts

  1. Ili Provincial Kazakh Autonomous District in Xinjiang

Map of the provincial immediate administrative areas

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See also