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County-level city

A county-level city (Chinese: 县级市; pinyin: xiànjí shì) is a county-level administrative division of mainland China. County-level cities are usually governed by prefecture-level divisions, but a few are governed directly by province-level divisions.

Most county-level cities were created in the 1980s and 1990s by replacing counties.

County-level cities are not "cities" in the strictest sense of the word, since they usually contain rural areas many times the size of their urban, built-up area. This is because the counties that county-level cities have replaced are themselves large administrative units containing towns, villages, and farmland. To distinguish a "county-level city" from its actual urban area (the traditional meaning of the word "city"), the term 市区 shìqū, or "urban area", is used.


  • Comparable territorial divisions in other countries 1
  • County-Level City List 2
  • Sub-prefecture-level cities 3
  • See also 4

Comparable territorial divisions in other countries

In the main urban area of Daye, a county-level city within the prefecture-level city of Huangshi, Hubei. Daye also includes some separate towns, such as Dajipu (大箕铺)

In France, an equivalent of a county-level city is an agglomeration community.

While the idea of a "city" being a unit consisting of several "towns" is not a common one in English-speaking world, a somewhat similar naming convention is used for local government areas in some parts of Australia. For example, in New South Wales such a unit may often be called a "city" (rather than a traditional "shire"), and consist of "towns". E.g. City of Blue Mountains is made of a number of towns (Katoomba, Springwood, etc.).

Another example would be "municipal government" in the Canadian province of Ontario. Small municipalities (cities) and towns, along with urban, sub-urban and rural areas were merged or integrated into a "super" area, in part to obtain economies in administrative overhead by not having for each city and town individual library commissions, fire fighting units, health care, and other social services common to all areas. So for example, there has been for less than 10 years the "Municipality of Chatham-Kent" wherein the Corporation of the City of Chatham serves as the "seat" for the newly Chatham-Kent merged municipality. This agglomeration includes all of the "townships" in the county of Kent, with cities and towns like Wallaceberg, Thamesville, Dresden, Wheatley. This "amalgamation" as it is referred to, was controversial when it was essentially "forced" upon the constituents through provincial legislation.

Today, instead of each city having its own mayor and city councillors, there is a council with representatives from the various areas surrounding Chatham city.

County-Level City List

City Province Prefecture Founded
Chaohu Anhui Hefei 1982-11-25
Jieshou Anhui Fuyang, Anhui 1953-09-17
Mingguang Anhui Chuzhou 1994-05-31
Ningguo Anhui Xuancheng 1997-03-11
Tianchang Anhui Chuzhou 1993-09-18
Tongcheng Anhui Anqing 1996-08-20
Changle Fujian Fuzhou, Fujian 1994-02-18
Fu'an Fujian Ningde 1989-11-13
Fuding Fujian Ningde 1995-10-13
Fuqing Fujian Fuzhou, Fujian 1990-12-26
Jian'ou Fujian Nanping 1992-10-20
Jinjiang Fujian Quanzhou 1992-03-06
Longhai Fujian Zhangzhou 1993-05-12
Nan'an Fujian Quanzhou 1993-05-12
Shaowu Fujian Nanping 1983-08-17
Shishi Fujian Quanzhou 1987-12-17
Wuyishan Fujian Nanping 1989-08-21
Yong'an Fujian Sanming 1984-09-12
Zhangping Fujian Longyan 1990-08-15
Dunhuang Gansu Jiuquan 1987-08-21
Hezuo Gansu Gannan 1996-05-28
Linxia Gansu Linxia 1950-02-05
Yumen Gansu Jiuquan 1955-12-26
Enping Guangdong Jiangmen 1994-02-28
Gaoyao Guangdong Zhaoqing 1993-09-28
Gaozhou Guangdong Maoming 1993-06-08
Heshan, Guangdong Guangdong Jiangmen 1993-11-08
Huazhou Guangdong Maoming 1994-07-04
Kaiping Guangdong Jiangmen 1993-01-05
Lechang Guangdong Shaoguan 1994-04-28
Leizhou Guangdong Zhanjiang 1994-04-26
Lianjiang Guangdong Zhanjiang 1993-12-10
Lianzhou Guangdong Qingyuan 1994-04-22
Lufeng Guangdong Shanwei 1995-01-19
Luoding Guangdong Yunfu 1993-04-08
Nanxiong Guangdong Shaoguan 1996-06-17
Puning Guangdong Jieyang 1993-04-06
Sihui Guangdong Zhaoqing 1993-11-25
Taishan Guangdong Jiangmen 1992-04-17
Wuchuan Guangdong Zhanjiang 1994-05-26
Xingning Guangdong Meizhou 1994-06-06
Xinyi, Guangdong Guangdong Maoming 1995-09-11
Yangchun Guangdong Yangjiang 1994-05-05
Yingde Guangdong Qingyuan 1994-01-12
Beiliu Guangxi Yulin, Guangxi 1994-04-18
Cenxi Guangxi Wuzhou 1995-09-11
Dongxing Guangxi Fangchenggang 1996-04-29
Guiping Guangxi Guigang 1994-05-18
Heshan, Guangxi Guangxi Laibin 1981-06-29
Pingxiang, Guangxi Guangxi Chongzuo 1956-11-16
Yizhou Guangxi Hechi 1993-09-09
Chishui Guizhou Zunyi 1990-02-03
Duyun Guizhou Qiannan 1958-05-29
Fuquan Guizhou Qiannan 1996-12-02
Kaili Guizhou Qiandongnan 1983-08-19
Qingzhen Guizhou Guiyang 1992-11-06
Renhuai Guizhou Zunyi 1996-11-30
Xingyi Guizhou Qianxinan 1987-11-06
Danzhou Hainan ZZZZ-nonenone 1993-03-03
Dongfang Hainan ZZZZ-nonenone 1997-03-12
Qionghai Hainan ZZZZ-nonenone 1992-11-06
Wanning Hainan ZZZZ-nonenone 1996-08-05
Wenchang Hainan ZZZZ-nonenone 1995-11-07
Wuzhishan Hainan ZZZZ-nonenone 1986-06-12
Anguo Hebei Baoding 1991-05-06
Bazhou Hebei Langfang 1953-11-06
Botou Hebei Cangzhou 1949-10-01
Dingzhou Hebei Baoding 1986-03-05
Gaobeidian Hebei Baoding 1993-04-09
Gaocheng Hebei Shijiazhuang 1989-07-02
Hejian Hebei Cangzhou 1990-10-18
Huanghua Hebei Cangzhou 1989-07-27
Jinzhou, Hebei Hebei Shijiazhuang 1991-11-30
Jizhou Hebei Hengshui 1993-09-22
Luquan Hebei Shijiazhuang 1994-05-18
Nangong Hebei Xingtai 1986-03-05
Qian'an Hebei Tangshan 1996-10-10
Renqiu Hebei Cangzhou 1986-03-05
Shahe Hebei Xingtai 1987-02-20
Sanhe Hebei Langfang 1993-03-03
Shenzhou Hebei Hengshui 1994-07-04
Xinji Hebei Shijiazhuang 1986-03-05
Wu'an Hebei Handan 1988-09-01
Xinle Hebei Shijiazhuang 1992-10-08
Zhuozhou Hebei Baoding 1986-09-24
Zunhua Hebei Tangshan 1992-02-17
Anda Heilongjiang Suihua 1960-05-26
Bei'an Heilongjiang Heihe 1960-01-07
Fujin Heilongjiang Jiamusi 1988-08-30
Hailin Heilongjiang Mudanjiang 1992-07-28
Hailun Heilongjiang Suihua 1989-12-23
Hulin Heilongjiang Jixi 1996-10-11
Mishan Heilongjiang Jixi 1988-11-17
Muling Heilongjiang Mudanjiang 1995-03-07
Nehe Heilongjiang Qiqihar 1992-09-02
Ning'an Heilongjiang Mudanjiang 1993-02-12
Shangzhi Heilongjiang Harbin 1988-09-14
Shuangcheng Heilongjiang Harbin 1988-09-14
Suifenhe Heilongjiang Mudanjiang 1975-08-15
Tieli Heilongjiang Yichun, Heilongjiang 1988-09-13
Tongjiang Heilongjiang Jiamusi 1987-02-24
Wuchang Heilongjiang Harbin 1993-06-01
Wudalianchi Heilongjiang Heihe 1983-10-08
Zhaodong Heilongjiang Suihua 1986-09-08
Changge Henan Xuchang 1993-12-14
Dengfeng Henan Zhengzhou 1994-05-30
Dengzhou Henan Nanyang 1988-11-17
Gongyi Henan Zhengzhou 1991-06-12
Huixian Henan Xinxiang 1988-10-11
Jiyuan Henan ZZZZ-nonenone 1988-06-25
Lingbao Henan Sanmenxia 1993-05-12
Linzhou Henan Anyang 1994-01-24
Mengzhou Henan Jiaozuo 1996-04-29
Qinyang Henan Jiaozuo 1989-09-27
Ruzhou Henan Pingdingshan 1988-06-25
Weihui Henan Xinxiang 1988-10-08
Wugang, Henan Henan Pingdingshan 1990-09-04
Xiangcheng Henan Zhoukou 1993-12-16
Xingyang Henan Zhengzhou 1949-10-01
Xinmi Henan Zhengzhou 1994-04-05
Xinzheng Henan Zhengzhou 1994-05-16
Yanshi Henan Luoyang 1993-12-15
Yima Henan Sanmenxia 1981-04-04
Yongcheng Henan Shangqiu 1996-10-11
Yuzhou Henan Xuchang 1988-06-25
Anlu Hubei Xiaogan 1987-09-04
Chibi Hubei Xianning 1986-05-27
Dangyang Hubei Yichang 1988-10-22
Danjiangkou Hubei Shiyan 1983-08-19
Daye Hubei Huangshi 1994-02-18
Enshi Hubei Enshi 1981-11-07
Guangshui Hubei Suizhou 1988-10-11
Hanchuan Hubei Xiaogan 1997-03-12
Honghu Hubei Jingzhou 1987-07-31
Laohekou Hubei Xiangyang 1951-08-01
Lichuan Hubei Enshi 1986-05-27
Macheng Hubei Huanggang 1986-05-27
Qianjiang Hubei ZZZZ-nonenone 1988-05-25
Shennongjia Hubei ZZZZ-nonenone 1970-05-28
Shishou Hubei Jingzhou 1979-11-16
Songzi Hubei Jingzhou 1995-12-29
Tianmen Hubei ZZZZ-nonenone 1987-08-03
Wuxue Hubei Huanggang 1987-10-23
Xiantao Hubei ZZZZ-nonenone 1986-05-27
Yicheng Hubei Xiangyang 1994-06-10
Yidu Hubei Yichang 1987-11-30
Yingcheng Hubei Xiaogan 1986-05-27
Zaoyang Hubei Xiangyang 1988-01-08
Zhijiang Hubei Yichang 1996-07-30
Zhongxiang Hubei Jingmen 1992-05-20
Changning Hunan Hengyang 1996-11-26
Hongjiang Hunan Huaihua 1950-10-19
Jinshi Hunan Changde 1950-10-19
Jishou Hunan Xiangxi 1982-08-03
Leiyang Hunan Hengyang 1986-11-11
Lengshuijiang Hunan Loudi 1969-10-10
Lianyuan Hunan Loudi 1987-06-10
Liling Hunan Zhuzhou 1985-05-24
Linxiang Hunan Yueyang 1992-09-01
Liuyang Hunan Changsha 1993-01-16
Miluo Hunan Yueyang 1987-09-23
Shaoshan Hunan Xiangtan 1990-12-26
Wugang, Hunan Hunan Shaoyang 1994-02-18
Xiangxiang Hunan Xiangtan 1986-09-12
Yuanjiang Hunan Yiyang 1988-10-11
Zixing Hunan Chenzhou 1984-12-20
Arxan Inner Mongolia Hinggan 1996-06-10
Erenhot Inner Mongolia Xilingol 1966-01-18
Fengzhen Inner Mongolia Ulanqab 1990-11-15
Ergun Inner Mongolia Hulunbuir 1994-07-13
Genhe Inner Mongolia Hulunbuir 1994-04-28
Holingol Inner Mongolia Tongliao 1985-11-09
Manzhouli Inner Mongolia Hulunbuir 1949-10-01
Ulanhot Inner Mongolia Hinggan 1949-10-01
Xilinhot Inner Mongolia Xilingol 1983-10-10
Yakeshi Inner Mongolia Hulunbuir 1983-10-10
Zhalantun Inner Mongolia Hulunbuir 1983-10-10
Changshu Jiangsu Suzhou, Jiangsu 1949-10-01
Dafeng Jiangsu Yancheng 1996-08-01
Danyang Jiangsu Zhenjiang 1987-12-15
Dongtai Jiangsu Yancheng 1987-12-17
Gaoyou Jiangsu Yangzhou 1991-02-06
Haimen Jiangsu Nantong 1994-04-26
Jiangyin Jiangsu Wuxi 1987-04-23
Jingjiang Jiangsu Taizhou, Jiangsu 1993-07-14
Jintan Jiangsu Changzhou 1993-11-10
Jurong Jiangsu Zhenjiang 1995-04-06
Liyang Jiangsu Changzhou 1990-08-15
Kunshan Jiangsu Suzhou, Jiangsu 1989-07-27
Pizhou Jiangsu Xuzhou 1992-07-07
Qidong Jiangsu Nantong 1989-11-13
Rugao Jiangsu Nantong 1991-02-06
Taicang Jiangsu Suzhou, Jiangsu 1993-01-08
Taixing Jiangsu Taizhou, Jiangsu 1992-09-21
Xinyi, Jiangsu Jiangsu Xuzhou 1990-02-05
Xinghua Jiangsu Taizhou, Jiangsu 1987-12-22
Yangzhong Jiangsu Zhenjiang 1994-05-18
Yixing Jiangsu Wuxi 1988-01-09
Yizheng Jiangsu Yangzhou 1986-04-21
Zhangjiagang Jiangsu Suzhou, Jiangsu 1986-09-16
Dexing Jiangxi Shangrao 1990-12-26
Fengcheng, Jiangxi Jiangxi Yichun, Jiangxi 1988-10-04
Gao'an Jiangxi Yichun, Jiangxi 1993-12-08
Guixi Jiangxi Yingtan 1996-05-28
Jinggangshan Jiangxi Ji'an, Jiangxi 1984-12-13
Leping Jiangxi Jingdezhen 1992-07-27
Nankang Jiangxi Ganzhou 1995-03-07
Ruichang Jiangxi Jiujiang 1989-12-20
Ruijin Jiangxi Ganzhou 1989-12-20
Zhangshu Jiangxi Yichun, Jiangxi 1988-10-13
Da'an Jilin Baicheng 1988-08-30
Dehui Jilin Changchun 1994-07-06
Dunhua Jilin Yanbian 1985-02-28
Fuyu Jilin Songyuan 1987-10-07
Gongzhuling Jilin Siping 1956-10-12
Helong Jilin Yanbian 1993-07-05
Huadian Jilin Jilin 1988-05-25
Hunchun Jilin Yanbian 1988-05-25
Ji'an, Jilin Jilin Tonghua 1988-03-16
Jiaohe Jilin Jilin 1989-08-15
Jiutai Jilin Changchun 1988-08-30
Linjiang Jilin Baishan 1993-11-28
Longjing Jilin Yanbian 1988-05-25
Meihekou Jilin Tonghua 1985-12-19
Panshi Jilin Jilin 1995-08-30
Shuangliao Jilin Siping 1996-04-29
Shulan Jilin Jilin 1992-10-08
Taonan Jilin Baicheng 1987-05-21
Tumen Jilin Yanbian 1965-03-27
Yanji Jilin Yanbian 1953-05-04
Yushu, Jilin Jilin Changchun 1990-12-26
Beipiao Liaoning Chaoyang 1985-01-17
Beizhen Liaoning Jinzhou, Liaoning 1995-03-21
Dashiqiao Liaoning Yingkou 1992-11-03
Dengta Liaoning Liaoyang 1996-08-27
Diaobingshan Liaoning Tieling 1981-02-09
Donggang Liaoning Dandong 1993-06-18
Fengcheng, Liaoning Liaoning Dandong 1994-03-08
Gaizhou Liaoning Yingkou 1992-11-03
Haicheng Liaoning Anshan 1985-01-17
Kaiyuan, Liaoning Liaoning Tieling 1988-12-27
Linghai Liaoning Jinzhou, Liaoning 1993-11-16
Lingyuan Liaoning Chaoyang 1991-12-21
Pulandian Liaoning Dalian 1991-11-30
Wafangdian Liaoning Dalian 1985-01-17
Xingcheng Liaoning Huludao 1986-09-12
Xinmin Liaoning Shenyang 1993-06-14
Zhuanghe Liaoning Dalian 1992-09-21
Lingwu Ningxia Yinchuan 1996-09-16
Qingtongxia Ningxia Wuzhong 1960-08-15
Delhi Qinghai Haixi 1988-04-19
Golmud Qinghai Haixi 1960-11-17
Yushu, Qinghai Qinghai Yushu 2013-07-04
Hancheng Shaanxi Weinan 1983-09-09
Huayin Shaanxi Weinan 1990-12-27
Xingping Shaanxi Xianyang 1993-06-18
Anqiu Shandong Weifang 1994-01-18
Changyi Shandong Weifang 1994-06-10
Feicheng Shandong Tai'an 1992-08-01
Gaomi Shandong Weifang 1994-05-18
Haiyang Shandong Yantai 1996-04-29
Jiaozhou Shandong Qingdao 1987-02-12
Jimo Shandong Qingdao 1989-07-27
Laixi Shandong Qingdao 1990-12-18
Laiyang Shandong Yantai 1987-02-20
Laizhou Shandong Yantai 1988-02-24
Leling Shandong Dezhou 1988-09-01
Linqing Shandong Liaocheng 1954-08-07
Longkou Shandong Yantai 1949-10-01
Penglai Shandong Yantai 1991-11-30
Pingdu Shandong Qingdao 1989-07-27
Qingzhou Shandong Weifang 1986-03-01
Qixia Shandong Yantai 1995-11-30
Qufu Shandong Jining 1986-06-02
Rongcheng Shandong Weihai 1988-11-01
Rushan Shandong Weihai 1993-07-17
Shouguang Shandong Weifang 1993-06-01
Tengzhou Shandong Zaozhuang 1988-03-07
Xintai Shandong Tai'an 1983-08-30
Yucheng Shandong Dezhou 1993-09-09
Zhaoyuan Shandong Yantai 1991-12-21
Zhucheng Shandong Weifang 1987-04-20
Zoucheng Shandong Jining 1992-10-04
Zhangqiu Shandong Jinan 1992-08-01
Fenyang Shanxi Lüliang 1996-08-20
Gaoping Shanxi Jincheng 1993-05-12
Gujiao Shanxi Taiyuan 1988-02-24
Hejin Shanxi Yuncheng 1994-01-12
Houma Shanxi Linfen 1958-10-01
Huozhou Shanxi Linfen 1989-12-23
Jiexiu Shanxi Jinzhong 1992-02-10
Lucheng Shanxi Changzhi 1994-04-26
Xiaoyi Shanxi Lüliang 1992-02-10
Yongji Shanxi Yuncheng 1994-01-12
Yuanping Shanxi Xinzhou 1993-06-17
Chongzhou Sichuan Chengdu 1994-06-20
Dujiangyan Sichuan Chengdu 1988-03-03
Emeishan Sichuan Leshan 1988-09-01
Guanghan Sichuan Deyang 1988-02-24
Huaying Sichuan Guang'an 1985-02-04
Jiangyou Sichuan Mianyang 1988-02-24
Jianyang, Sichuan Sichuan Ziyang 1994-04-05
Langzhong Sichuan Nanchong 1991-01-12
Mianzhu Sichuan Deyang 1996-10-15
Pengzhou Sichuan Chengdu 1993-12-01
Qionglai Sichuan Chengdu 1994-06-19
Shifang Sichuan Deyang 1995-11-08
Wanyuan Sichuan Dazhou 1993-07-14
Xichang Sichuan Liangshan 1979-07-19
Aksu Xinjiang Aksu 1983-08-19
Alashankou Xinjiang Bortala 2012-12-17
Altay Xinjiang Altay 1984-11-17
Aral Xinjiang ZZZZ-nonenone 2002-09-17
Artux Xinjiang Kizilsu 1986-06-07
Beitun Xinjiang ZZZZ-nonenone 2011-12-27
Bole Xinjiang Bortala 1985-06-24
Changji Xinjiang Changji 1983-07-21
Fukang Xinjiang Changji 1992-11-03
Yining Xinjiang Ili 1953-05-22
Hotan Xinjiang Hotan 1983-09-09
Kashgar Xinjiang Kashgar 1953-05-22
Korgas Xinjiang Ili 2014-06-26
Korla Xinjiang Bayingolin 1979-09-02
Kumul Xinjiang Kumul 1961-01-25
Kuytun Xinjiang Ili 1975-08-29
Shihezi Xinjiang ZZZZ-nonenone 1976-01-02
Shuanghe Xinjiang ZZZZ-nonenone 2014-01-25
Tumxuk Xinjiang ZZZZ-nonenone 2002-09-17
Tacheng Xinjiang Tacheng 1984-11-17
Tiemenguan Xinjiang ZZZZ-nonenone 2012-12-17
Turpan Xinjiang Turpan 1984-12-26
Wujiaqu Xinjiang ZZZZ-nonenone 2002-09-17
Wusu Xinjiang Tacheng 1996-07-10
Anning Yunnan Kunming 1995-10-13
Chuxiong Yunnan Chuxiong 1983-09-09
Dali Yunnan Dali 1960-09-13
Gejiu Yunnan Honghe 1951-01-10
Jinghong Yunnan Xishuangbanna 1993-12-22
Kaiyuan, Yunnan Yunnan Honghe 1981-01-18
Mang Yunnan Dehong 1996-10-28
Mengzi Yunnan Honghe 2010-09-10
Mile Yunnan Honghe 2013-01-24
Ruili Yunnan Dehong 1992-06-26
Wenshan Yunnan Wenshan 2010-12-02
Xuanwei Yunnan Qujing 1994-02-18
Cixi Zhejiang Ningbo 1988-10-13
Dongyang Zhejiang Jinhua 1988-05-25
Fenghua Zhejiang Ningbo 1988-10-13
Fuyang, Zhejiang Zhejiang Hangzhou 1994-01-18
Haining Zhejiang Jiaxing 1986-03-01
Jiande Zhejiang Hangzhou 1992-04-01
Jiangshan Zhejiang Quzhou 1987-11-27
Lanxi Zhejiang Jinhua 1949-10-01
Longquan Zhejiang Lishui 1990-12-26
Lin'an Zhejiang Hangzhou 1996-10-28
Linhai Zhejiang Taizhou, Zhejiang 1986-03-01
Pinghu Zhejiang Jiaxing 1991-06-15
Ruian Zhejiang Wenzhou 1987-04-15
Shangyu Zhejiang Shaoxing 1992-08-24
Shengzhou Zhejiang Shaoxing 1995-08-30
Tongxiang Zhejiang Jiaxing 1993-03-26
Wenling Zhejiang Taizhou, Zhejiang 1994-02-18
Yueqing Zhejiang Wenzhou 1993-09-18
Yongkang Zhejiang Jinhua 1992-08-24
Yiwu Zhejiang Jinhua 1988-05-25
Yuyao Zhejiang Ningbo 1985-07-16
Zhuji Zhejiang Shaoxing 1989-09-27

Sub-prefecture-level cities

A sub-prefecture-level city is a county-level city with powers approaching those of prefecture-level cities. Examples include Taishan (Guangdong), Jiyuan (Henan province), Xiantao (Hubei), and Golmud (Qinghai).

Old City Chinese quarter

See also

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