Autonomous regions of China

The autonomous regions (Chinese: 自治区; pinyin: Zìzhìqū) are the highest-level administrative division of China. Like Chinese provinces, an autonomous region has its own local government, but under Chinese law an autonomous region has more legislative rights, such as the right to "formulate self-government regulations and other separate regulations."[1] An autonomous region is the highest level of minority autonomous entity in China, which has a comparably higher population of a particular minority ethnic group.

Autonomous regions
CategoryUnitary state
Location People's Republic of China
Number5 (Guangxi, Nei Mongol, Ningxia, Xinjiang, Xizang)
Populations50,126,804 (Guangxi)
24,049,155 (Nei Mongol)
7,202,654 (Ningxia)
25,852,345 (Xinjiang)
3,648,100 (Xizang)
AreasGuangxi – 238,000 km2 (91,700 sq mi)
Nei Mongol – 1,180,000 km2 (457,000 sq mi)
Ningxia – 66,399.7 km2 (25,637.08 sq mi)
Xinjiang – 1,664,900 km2 (642,820 sq mi)
Xizang – 1,228,000 km2 (474,300 sq mi)

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