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A sub-provincial division (simplified Chinese: 副省级行政区; traditional Chinese: 副省級行政區; pinyin: fùshĕngjí xíngzhèngqū) (or deputy-provincial divisions) in the People's Republic of China, is like a prefecture-level city that is governed by a province, but is administered independently in regard to economy and law. Sub-provincial divisions, similar to prefectural-level divisions, an administrative unit comprising, typically, a main central urban area, and its much larger surrounding rural area containing many smaller cities, towns and villages. The mayor or chairman of a sub-provincial division is equal in status to a vice-governor of a province. Its status is below that of municipalities, which are independent and equivalent to provinces, but above other, regular prefecture-level divisions, which are completely ruled by their provinces. However, they are marked the same as other provincial capitals (or prefecture-level city if not provincial capital) in almost all maps.

Contents

1 Map of sub-provincial level entries in the People's Republic of China

1.1 Sub-provincial municipalities 1.2 Sub-provincial new areas 1.3 Sub-provincial autonomous prefecture

2 Sub-provincial Municipal Conference 3 References

Map of sub-provincial level entries in the People's Republic of China[edit]

Map of Sub-provincial level entries in the People's Republic of China

Sub-provincial municipalities[edit] The original 16 municipalities were renamed as sub-provincial municipalities on 25 February 1994 by the Central Organization Committee out of prefecture-level municipalities.[1] They are mostly the capitals of the provinces in which they are located. Currently, there are 15 sub-provincial municipalities after Chongqing was designated direct-control:[2]

Sub-provincial municipalities of the People's Republic of China[3]

Division name Simplified Chinese Hanyu Pinyin Province Abbreviation Region Population (2010 Census) Date of designation Subdivision

Changchun 长春市 Chángchūn Jilin 长 Northeast 7,677,089 1989-02-11 7 districts, 2 county municipalities & 1 county

Chengdu 成都市 Chéngdū Sichuan 蓉 Southwest 14,047,625 1989-02-11 11 districts, 4 county municipalities & 5 counties

Dalian 大连市 Dàlián Liaoning 连 Northeast 6,690,432 1984-07-13 7 districts, 2 county municipalities & 1 county

Guangzhou 广州市 Guǎngzhōu Guangdong 穗 South Central 12,700,800 1984-10-05 11 districts

Hangzhou 杭州市 Hángzhōu Zhejiang 杭 East 8,700,400 1994-02-25 10 districts, 1 county municipalitie & 2 counties

Harbin 哈尔滨市 Hāěrbīn Heilongjiang 哈 Northeast 10,635,971 1984-10-05 9 districts, 2 county municipalities & 7 counties

Jinan 济南市 Jǐnán Shandong 泉 East 6,814,000 1994-02-25 7 districts & 3 counties

Nanjing 南京市 Nánjīng Jiangsu 宁 East 8,001,680 1989-02-11 11 districts

Ningbo 宁波市 Níngbō Zhejiang 甬 East 7,605,689 1987-02-24 6 districts, 2 county municipalities & 2 counties

Qingdao 青岛市 Qīngdǎo Shandong 胶 East 8,715,100 1986-10-15 7 districts & 3 county municipalities

Shenyang 沈阳市 Shěnyáng Liaoning 沈 Northeast 8,106,171 1984-07-11 10 districts, 1 county municipalitie & 2 counties

Shenzhen 深圳市 Shēnzhèn Guangdong 深 South Central 10,357,938 1988-10-03 8 districts (4 new districts)

Wuhan 武汉市 Wǔhàn Hubei 汉 South Central 9,785,392 1984-05-21 13 districts

Xi'an 西安市 Xī'ān Shaanxi 镐 Northwest 8,467,837 1984-10-05 11 districts & 2 counties

Xiamen 厦门市 Xiàmén Fujian 鹭 East 3,531,347 1988-04-18 6 districts

Chongqing
Chongqing
was formerly a sub-provincial municipality of Sichuan
Sichuan
until 14 March 1997, when it was made an independent municipality by splitting it out of Sichuan
Sichuan
altogether. Xinjiang
Xinjiang
Production and Construction Corps also has the powers of a sub-provincial city. Chengdu
Chengdu
is the largest sub-provincial municipality; has a population exceeding that of the independent municipality of Tianjin
Tianjin
while, both Harbin
Harbin
and Chengdu
Chengdu
have a bigger area than Tianjin. Sub-provincial new areas[edit] Additionally, the head of Pudong
Pudong
New Area of Shanghai
Shanghai
and Binhai
Binhai
New Area of Tianjin, which is a county-level district, is given sub-provincial powers.

Sub-provincial districts of the People's Republic of China[3]

Division name Simplified Chinese Hanyu Pinyin Municipality Abbreviation Region Population (2010 Census) Date of designation Subdivision

Binhai
Binhai
New Area 滨海新区 Bīnhǎi Xīn Qū Tianjin 滨 North 2,482,065 2009 19 Subdistricts & 7 towns (11 special township-level zones)

Pudong
Pudong
New Area 浦东新区 Pǔdōng Xīn Qū Shanghai 浦 East 5,044,430 1992 13 Subdistricts & 25 towns (6 special township-level zones)

Sub-provincial autonomous prefecture[edit]

Sub-provincial autonomous prefecture of the People's Republic of China[3]

Division name Simplified Chinese Hanyu Pinyin Province Abbreviation Region Population (2010 Census) Date of designation Subdivision

Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture 伊犁哈萨克自治州 Yīlí Hāsàkè Zìzhìzhōu Xinjiang 伊犁 Northwest 4,305,119 1979 (2 prefectures) 5 county cities, 17 counties & 2 autonomous counties

Sub-provincial Municipal Conference[edit] The National Joint Conference of Sub-provincial City People's Congress Standing Committee Chairpersons (全国副省级城市人大常委会主任联席会议) are attended by the chairpersons and vice-chairpersons of all sub-provincial cities. It was proposed by the Guangzhou
Guangzhou
Municipal People's Congress in 1985. The conferences:

Guangzhou
Guangzhou
(26 February – 4 March 1985) Harbin
Harbin
(27–31 August 1985) Wuhan
Wuhan
(20–24 May 1986) Dalian
Dalian
(10–14 August 1987) Xi'an
Xi'an
(9–13 September 1988) Shenyang
Shenyang
(13–17 August 1990) Chongqing
Chongqing
(22–26 November 1991) Qingdao
Qingdao
(3–7 May 1992) Shenzhen
Shenzhen
(25–28 October 1993) Nanjing
Nanjing
(1–4 November 1994) Changchun
Changchun
(21–24 May 1995) Hangzhou
Hangzhou
(20–24 October 1996) Jinan
Jinan
(19–25 October 1997) Xiamen
Xiamen
(12–16 October 1998) Ningbo
Ningbo
(17–20 October 1999) Chengdu
Chengdu
(10–13 October 2000) Guangzhou
Guangzhou
(30 October – 3 November 2001) Harbin
Harbin
(23–26 July 2002) Wuhan
Wuhan
(8–12 October 2003) Shenyang
Shenyang
(31 August – 6 September 2004) Qingdao
Qingdao
(6–8 September 2005) Shenzhen
Shenzhen
(20–23 October 2006) Dalian
Dalian
(14–16 August 2007) Xi'an
Xi'an
(13–16 April 2009) Nanjing
Nanjing
(18–20 October 2010) Changchun
Changchun
(22–25 August 2011)

References[edit]

^ "中央机构编制委员会印发《关于副省级市若干问题的意见》的通知. 中编发[1995]5号". 豆丁网. 1995-02-19. Retrieved 2014-05-28.  ^ 薛宏莉 (2008-05-07). "15个副省级城市中 哈尔滨市房价涨幅排列第五名" [Prices rose in 15 sub-provincial cities, Harbin
Harbin
ranked fifth]. 哈尔滨地产 (in Chinese). Sohu. Retrieved 2008-06-11.  ^ a b c References and details on data provided in the table can be found within the individual municipali