units are currently based on a three-level system dividing
the nation into provinces, counties, and townships:
-- The country is divided into provinces, autonomous
regions, and municipalities directly under the Central
-- A province or an autonomous region is subdivided
into autonomous prefectures, counties, autonomous counties,
-- A county or an autonomous county is subdivided into
townships, national minority townships, and/or towns.
Municipalities directly under the Central Government
and large cities are subdivided into districts and counties;
autonomous prefectures are subdivided into counties,
autonomous counties, and cities. Autonomous regions,
autonomous prefectures, and autonomous counties are
all autonomous national minority areas.
The Constitution specifically empowers
the state to establish special administrative regions
when necessary. A special administrative region is a
local administrative area directly under the Central
At present, China was divided into
23 provinces, 5 autonomous regions, 4 municipalities
directly under the Central Government, and 2 special
administrative region (see the following table).
Brief Intro. of China