A sub-prefectural municipality (), sub-prefectural city, or vice-prefectural municipality, is an unofficial designation for a type of administrative division of China. A sub-prefectural city is officially considered to be a
A county-level municipality (), county-level city or county city, formerly known as prefecture-controlled city (1949–1970: ; 1970–1983: ), is a county-level administrative division of the People's Republic of China. County-level ...
, 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-prefectural cities are often (but not always) administered directly by the provincial government, with no intervening prefecture level administration.
Examples of sub-prefectural cities that does not belong to any prefecture: Jiyuan (Henan Province), Xiantao, Qianjiang, Hubei, Qianjiang and Tianmen (Hubei), Shihezi, Tumxuk, Aral, Xinjiang, Aral, and Wujiaqu (Xinjiang).
Examples of sub-prefectural cities that nevertheless belong to a prefecture: Golmud (Haixi Mongol and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Haixi, Qinghai), Manzhouli (Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia).
List of sub-prefectural divisions
Bold not under any prefecture-level subordination
* Lufeng, Guangdong, Lufeng
* Dongfang, Hainan, Dongfang
* Wuzhishan City, Wuzhishan
* Qian'an, Hebei, Qian'an
* Qianjiang, Hubei, Qianjiang
* Fengcheng, Jiangxi, Fengcheng
all cities are also under the subordination of the Prefecture-level Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC or Bingtuan).
* Aral, Xinjiang, Aral
* Beitun, Xinjiang, Beitun
* Kunyu, Xinjiang, Kunyu
* Tiemenguan City, Tiemenguan
Administrative divisions of China
Cities in China, *Sub
County-level divisions of the People's Republic of China