Sub-prefecture-level city

A sub-prefecture-level municipality (Chinese: 副地级市, pinyin: fùdìjíshì), sub-prefecture-level city, or vice-prefecture-level municipality, is an unofficial designation for a type of administrative division of China. A sub-prefecture-level city is officially considered to be a county-level city, but it has more power de facto because the cadres assigned to its government are one half-level higher in rank than those of an "ordinary" county-level city—though still lower than those of a prefecture-level city.

While county-level cities are under the administrative jurisdiction of prefecture-level divisions, sub-prefecture-level cities are often (but not always) administered directly by the provincial government, with no intervening prefecture level administration.

Examples of sub-prefecture-level cities that does not belong to any prefecture: Jiyuan (Henan Province), Xiantao, Qianjiang and Tianmen (Hubei), Shihezi, Tumxuk, Aral, and Wujiaqu (Xinjiang).

Examples of sub-prefecture-level cities that nevertheless belong to a prefecture: Golmud[1] (Haixi, Qinghai), Manzhouli[2] (Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia).

List of sub-prefecture-level divisions

  • Bold not under any prefecture subordination
Name Province Population (2010) Area (km²) Prefecture Seat
Tianchang Anhui 628,160 1,208 Tianchang Town
Qian'an Hebei 728,160 1,208 Qian'an Town
Xinji Hebei 615,919 951 Xinji Town
Dingzhou Hebei 1,165,182 1,274 Qingfengdian Town
Jiyuan Henan 660,000 1,931 Qinyuan Subdistrict
Xiantao Hubei 240,000 2,538 Shazui Subdistrict
Qianjiang Hubei 998,525 774 Yunlin Subdistrict
Tianmen Hubei 1,731,482 2,004 Jingling Subdistrict
Shennongjia Hubei 76,140 3,253 Songbai Town
Manzhouli Inner Mongolia 152,473 424 Dongshan Subdistrict
Erenhot Inner Mongolia 74,197 450 Ulan Subdistrict
Golmud Qinghai 215,213 123,460 Kunlunlu Subdistrict
Shihezi[3] Xinjiang 640,000 460 Xincheng Subdistrict
Beitun[3] Xinjiang 76,300 910 Beitun Town
Tiemenguan[3] Xinjiang 50,000 590 Boguqi Town
Tumxuk[3] Xinjiang 110,000 1,927 Qiganquelei Subdistrict
Aral[3] Xinjiang 166,205 5,258 Jinyinchuanlu Subdistrict
Wujiaqu[3] Xinjiang 72,782 710 Junkenlu Subdistrict
Shuanghe[3] Xinjiang 53,800 742 Hongxingerlu Subdistrict
Kokdala[3] Xinjiang 80,000 980 Xingfulu Subdistrict
Wuzhishan Hainan 104,122 1,129 Chongshan Town
Qionghai Hainan 483,217 1,693 Jiaji Town
Wenchang Hainan 537,428 2,485 Wencheng Town
Wanning Hainan 545,597 1,884 Wancheng Town
Dongfang Hainan 408,309 2,256 Basuo Town
Gongyi Henan 807,857 1,041 Zijinglu Subdistrict
Ruzhou Henan 927,934 1,573 Meishan Subdistrict
Dengzhou Henan 1,468,061 2,300 Huazhou Subdistrict
Yongcheng Henan 1,240,296 2,068 Yanji Town
Gongqingcheng Jiangxi 118,986 64 Chashan Subdistrict
Ruijin Jiangxi 618,885 2,447 Xianghu Town
Fengcheng Jiangxi 1,336,392 2,830 Hezhou Subdistrict
Kunshan Jiangsu 1,646,318 865 Yushan Town
Taixing Jiangsu 1,074,300 1,253 Jichuan Subdistrict
Gongzhuling Jilin 1,093,314 4,027 Dongsan Sub
Meihekou Jilin 615,367 2,175 Xinhua Subdistrict
Suifenhe Heilongjiang 132,315 427 Suifenhe Town
Hancheng Shaanxi 391,164 1,591 Xincheng Subdistrict
Renhuai Guizhou 546,477 1,789 Yanjin Subdistrict


  1. ^ Baidu
  2. ^ Baidu
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Established and administered by Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, a entity different from Xinjiang Province.

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