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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 China ( ...
, 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 A road sign shows distance to the "Huangshi urban area" () rather than simply " Yangxin County from the neighboring Xianning), but still from the Huangshi main urban area. A prefectural-level municipality (), prefectural-level city or prefect ...
. 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 Jiyuan () is a sub-prefecture-level city in northwestern Henan Henan (; Chinese postal romanization, alternatively Honan) is a landlocked Provinces of China, province of China, in the Central China, central part of the country. Henan is of ...

Jiyuan
(
Henan Henan (; ; alternatively Honan) is a landlocked province of China Provincial-level administrative divisions () or first-level administrative divisions (), are the highest-level Chinese administrative divisions. There are 34 such divisio ...

Henan
Province),
Xiantao Xiantao () is a sub-prefecture-level city in the east of Hubei Hubei (; Postal romanization, alternately Hupeh) is a landlocked provinces of China, province of the China, People's Republic of China, and is part of the Central China region. ...
, Qianjiang and
Tianmen Tianmen () is a sub-prefecture-level city (sometimes considered 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 ...
(
Hubei Hubei (; ; Hupeh) is a landlocked of the , and is part of the region. The name of the province means "north of the lake", referring to its position north of . The provincial capital, , serves as a major transportation hub and the political ...

Hubei
),
Shihezi Shihezi is a sub-prefecture-level city in Northern Xinjiang, People's Republic of China. It has a population of 380,130 according to the 2010 census. The city is also home to Shihezi University, the second-largest comprehensive university under th ...

Shihezi
,
Tumxuk TumxukThe official spelling according to , (Beijing, ''SinoMaps Press SinoMaps Press (), previously known as China Cartographic Publishing House, is a publisher in Beijing Beijing ( ), Chinese postal romanization, alternatively romanized ...

Tumxuk
, Aral, and
Wujiaqu Wujiaqu is a sub-prefecture-level city in the northern part of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Xinjiang, SASM/GNC: ''Xinjang''; zh, c=, p=Xīnjiāng; alternately romanized as Sinkiang; officially Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR) ...

Wujiaqu
(
Xinjiang Xinjiang (),, SASM/GNC: ''Xinjang''; zh, c=, p=Xīnjiāng; alternately romanized as Sinkiang officially the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and formerly romanized as Sinkiang, is a landlocked autonomous region An autonomous ...

Xinjiang
). Examples of sub-prefectural cities that nevertheless belong to a prefecture:
Golmud Golmud, also known by various other romanizations, is 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 count ...

Golmud
( Haixi,
Qinghai Qinghai (; alternately romanized as Tsinghai, Ch'inghai), also known Kokonor, is a landlocked province A province is almost always an administrative division Administrative division, administrative unitArticle 3(1). , country subdi ...

Qinghai
),
Manzhouli Manzhouli (; mn, Манжуур хот; ) is a sub-prefectural city located in Hulunbuir prefecture-level city Image:Yangxin-renmin-huanyin-ni-0022.jpg, A road sign shows distance to the "Huangshi urban area" () rather than simply "Huangshi" ( ...
(
Hulunbuir Hulunbuir or Hulun Buir ( mn, , ''Kölün buyir'', Mongolian Cyrillic: Хөлөнбуйр, ''Khölönbuir''; zh, s=呼伦贝尔, ''Hūlúnbèi'ěr'') is a region that is governed as a prefecture-level city Image:Yangxin-renmin-huanyin-ni-0022.j ...

Hulunbuir
,
Inner Mongolia Inner Mongolia, officially the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, is a landlocked of the . Its border includes most of the length of China's with the country of . Inner Mongolia also accounts for a small section of China's with (). Its capit ...

Inner Mongolia
).


List of sub-prefectural divisions

:Note: Bold not under any prefecture-level subordination


Guangdong

*
Gaozhou Gaozhou is a county A county is a geographical region of a country used for administrative or other purposesChambers Dictionary, L. Brookes (ed.), 2005, Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, Edinburgh in certain modern nations. The term is derived ...
* Lufeng *
Luoding Luoding, Postal Map romanization, alternately romanization of Chinese, romanized as Loting, is a county-level city in the west of Guangdong province, China. It is administered as part of the prefecture-level city of Yunfu. History As early as 10,0 ...
*
Nanxiong Nanxiong (), historically Namyung, Namhung, and Nanhsiung, is 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 Adm ...
* 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 Jiyuan () is a sub-prefecture-level city in northwestern Henan Henan (; Chinese postal romanization, alternatively Honan) is a landlocked Provinces of China, province of China, in the Central China, central part of the country. Henan is of ...

Jiyuan
* Ruzhou * Yongcheng


Hubei

* Qianjiang *
Tianmen Tianmen () is a sub-prefecture-level city (sometimes considered 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 ...
*
Xiantao Xiantao () is a sub-prefecture-level city in the east of Hubei Hubei (; Postal romanization, alternately Hupeh) is a landlocked provinces of China, province of the China, People's Republic of China, and is part of the Central China region. ...


Hunan

* Shaoshan


Inner Mongolia

* Erenhot *
Manzhouli Manzhouli (; mn, Манжуур хот; ) is a sub-prefectural city located in Hulunbuir prefecture-level city Image:Yangxin-renmin-huanyin-ni-0022.jpg, A road sign shows distance to the "Huangshi urban area" () rather than simply "Huangshi" ( ...


Jiangsu

* Kunshan * Taixing


Jiangxi

* Fengcheng, Jiangxi, Fengcheng * Gongqingcheng * Ruijin


Jilin

* Gongzhuling * Meihekou


Qinghai

*
Golmud Golmud, also known by various other romanizations, is 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 count ...

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 * Beitun, Xinjiang, Beitun * Huyanghe * Kokdala * Kunyu, Xinjiang, Kunyu *
Shihezi Shihezi is a sub-prefecture-level city in Northern Xinjiang, People's Republic of China. It has a population of 380,130 according to the 2010 census. The city is also home to Shihezi University, the second-largest comprehensive university under th ...

Shihezi
* Shuanghe * Tiemenguan City, Tiemenguan *
Tumxuk TumxukThe official spelling according to , (Beijing, ''SinoMaps Press SinoMaps Press (), previously known as China Cartographic Publishing House, is a publisher in Beijing Beijing ( ), Chinese postal romanization, alternatively romanized ...

Tumxuk
*
Wujiaqu Wujiaqu is a sub-prefecture-level city in the northern part of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Xinjiang, SASM/GNC: ''Xinjang''; zh, c=, p=Xīnjiāng; alternately romanized as Sinkiang; officially Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR) ...

Wujiaqu


Zhejiang

* Yiwu


References

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