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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
county-level city 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

:Note: Bold not under any prefecture-level subordination


Guangdong

* Gaozhou * Lufeng, Guangdong, Lufeng * Luoding * Nanxiong * Puning * Yangchun * Yingde


Guizhou

* Renhuai


Hainan

* Dongfang, Hainan, Dongfang * Qionghai * Wanning * Wenchang * Wuzhishan City, Wuzhishan


Hebei

* Dingzhou * Qian'an, Hebei, Qian'an * Xinji


Heilongjiang

* Suifenhe


Henan

* Dengzhou * Gongyi * Jiyuan * Ruzhou * Yongcheng


Hubei

* Qianjiang, Hubei, Qianjiang * Tianmen * Xiantao


Hunan

* Shaoshan


Jiangsu

* Kunshan * Taixing


Jiangxi

* Fengcheng, Jiangxi, Fengcheng * Gongqingcheng * Ruijin


Jilin

* Gongzhuling * Meihekou


Inner Mongolia

* Erenhot * Manzhouli


Qinghai

* Golmud


Shaanxi

* Hancheng


Xinjiang

:Note: 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 * Huyanghe * Kokdala * Kunyu, Xinjiang, Kunyu * Shihezi * Shuanghe * Tiemenguan City, Tiemenguan * Tumxuk * Wujiaqu


Zhejiang

* Yiwu


References

{{DEFAULTSORT:Sub-Prefectural City Administrative divisions of China Cities in China, *Sub County-level divisions of the People's Republic of China