Autonomous counties and autonomous banners are county-level
autonomous administrative divisions of China
Autonomous administrative divisions of China are specific areas associated with one or more ethnic minorities
A minority group, by its original definition, refers to a group of people whose practices, race, religion, ethnicity, or other charact ...
. The two are essentially identical except in name.
There are 117 autonomous
A county is a geographical region of a country used for administrative or other purposes Chambers Dictionary, L. Brookes (ed.), 2005, Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, Edinburgh in certain modern nations. The term is derived from the Old French ...
and three autonomous
A banner can be a flag
A flag is a piece of textile, fabric (most often rectangular or quadrilateral) with a distinctive design and colours. It is used as a symbol, a signalling device, or for decoration. The term ''flag'' is also used to re ...
. The latter are found in
Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
Inner Mongolia, officially the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, is a landlocked Autonomous regions of China, autonomous region of the China, People's Republic of China. Its border includes most of the length of China's China–Mongolia border, ...
and the former are found everywhere else.
Former autonomous counties of China
Counties of China
China, PRC Autonomous