Chinese Administrative Division
China is currently under a three-tiered
administrative system - Province, county (city)
and township. Firstly, the entire country is divided
into provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities
and special administrative regions. Secondly,
a province is divided into prefectures, counties,
and cities. Thirdly, a county is divided into
townships and towns. Ethnic autonomy is practiced
in autonomous regions, prefectures and counties
where ethnic peoples live in compact communities.
Directly under the central government
are 23 provinces, 5 autonomous regions, 4 municipalities,
and 2 special administrative regions.
Beijing is the capital of People's
Republic of China and the nation's
political, economic and cultural center.