Government immediate city

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Administrative division of
the People's Republic of China

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Provincial level
Autonomous regions
Government immediate cities
Special administrative regions
District level
Immediate provincial administrative zones
District-free cities
Autonomous counties
Administrative districts
Frets / leagues
District level
One district cities
Autonomous circles
Autonomous banners
Special areas
Community level
Street district
Large municipalities
Nationality communities
Nationalities sum
District offices
Village level
Communities of residents

The cities of China directly under the government ( Chinese  直轄市  /  直辖市 , Pinyin zhíxiá shì ) are administrative units at the provincial level.


They are not provinces, but have the same rank as provinces and autonomous regions and are directly subordinate to the central government of the People's Republic of China .

Since China is a unitary state , the provinces are not member states (such as the German or Austrian states) and the cities directly under the government are not city-states (such as Berlin , Hamburg or Bremen ).

China's sub-government cities


There are currently four cities under government. These are:

  1. Beijing , the capital of China;
  2. Tianjin , a port city 120 km southeast of Beijing;
  3. Chongqing , by far the largest in terms of area - and therefore also the largest in terms of population - of the four cities whose administrative area used to form the eastern seventh of Sichuan Province ;
  4. Shanghai , the economic and financial metropolis at the mouth of the Yangtze River .

See also