Provinces of China
Provincial-level administrative divisions (simplified Chinese: 省级行政区; traditional Chinese: 省級行政區; pinyin: Shěng-jí xíngzhèngqū) or first-level administrative divisions (simplified Chinese: 一级行政区; traditional Chinese: 一級行政區; pinyin: yī-jí xíngzhèngqū), are the highest-level Chinese administrative divisions. There are 34 such divisions claimed by the People's Republic of China, classified as 23 provinces (Chinese: 省; pinyin: shěng), four municipalities, five autonomous regions, and two Special Administrative Regions. The political status of Taiwan Province along with a small fraction of Fujian Province remain in dispute, those are under separate rule by the Republic of China, which is usually referred to as "Taiwan".
|Province-level administrative divisions|
|Category||Unitary one-party socialist republic (PRC)|
Unitary semi-presidential system
|Location|| People's Republic of China|
Republic of China (Taiwan)
31 (Direct Jurisdiction) + 2 (Special Administrative Regions) + 1 (Disputed)
22 (Direct jurisdiction + 2 (Streamlined) + 48 (Claimed areas)
|Populations||552,300 (Macau) – 104,303,132 (Guangdong)|
|Areas||30.4 km2 (11.7 sq mi) (Macau) – 1,664,897 km2 (642,820 sq mi) (Xinjiang)|
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Administrative division codes
Every province on mainland China (including the island province of Hainan) has a Communist Party of China provincial committee (Chinese: 省委; pinyin: shěngwěi), headed by a secretary (simplified Chinese: 书记; traditional Chinese: 書記; pinyin: shūjì). The Committee Secretary is effectively in charge of the province, rather than the governor of the provincial government.