This is a list of traditional top-level regions of China.

Republic of China (1912–1949)

See also: Republic of China (1912–1949)

Nationalist Era regions

Main article: History of the administrative divisions of China (1912–1949)

See also: Nationalist government

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  Northern Frontier
  Northeast China
  North China
  Central China
  Western China
  South China

NRA military regions

For a more comprehensive list, see List of military regions of the National Revolutionary Army.

People's Republic of China

Statistical regions

See also: Greater administrative area

This is a list of the 34 provincial-level divisions of the People's Republic of China grouped by its former greater administrative areas from 1949 to 1952.

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  North China
  Northeast China
  East China
  South Central China
  Southwest China
  Northwest China
Region Map Area Population
(2010)
Population
Density
Provinces/Region Provincial/Regional Seat
North China
华北 (Huáběi)
North China.svg
1,556,061 km2 164,823,226 105/km2 Beijing Dongcheng District
Tianjin Heping District
Hebei Shijiazhuang
Shanxi Taiyuan
Inner Mongolia Hohhot
Northeast China
东北 (Dōngběi)
Northeast China.svg
793,300 km2 109,520,844 138/km2 Liaoning Shenyang
Jilin Changchun
Heilongjiang Harbin
East China
华东 (Huádōng)
East China.svg
795,837 km2 384,364,968 483/km2 Shanghai Huangpu District
Jiangsu Nanjing
Zhejiang Hangzhou
Anhui Hefei
Fujian Fuzhou (PRC)
Kinmen (ROC)
 Taiwan Taipei (PRC-claimed)
Zhongxing New Village (ROC)
Jiangxi Nanchang
Shandong Jinan
South Central China
中南 (Zhōngnán)
South Central China.svg
1,014,354 km2 383,559,808 378/km2 Henan Zhengzhou
Hubei Wuhan
Hunan Changsha
Guangdong Guangzhou
Guangxi Nanning
Hainan Haikou
 Hong Kong Central and Western District
 Macau Macau
Southwest China
西南 (Xīnán)
Southwest China.svg
2,365,900 km2 192,979,243 82/km2 Chongqing Yuzhong District
Sichuan Chengdu
Guizhou Guiyang
Yunnan Kunming
Tibet Lhasa
Northwest China
西北 (Xīběi)
Northwest China.svg
3,107,701 km2 96,644,038 31/km2 Shaanxi Xi'an
Gansu Lanzhou
Qinghai Xining
Ningxia Yinchuan
Xinjiang Ürümqi

Other kinds of statistics

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Region Area Population
(2010)
Population
Density
Provinces included & Notes
North China
(without Eastern Inner Mongolia)
1,082,492 km2 153,180,300 142/km2 Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, and Inner Mongolia (without Chifeng, Hinggan, Hulunbuir, and Tongliao)
Northeast China
(with Eastern Inner Mongolia)
1,266,869 km2 121,163,770 96/km2 Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, and Eastern Inner Mongolia (Chifeng, Hinggan, Hulunbuir, and Tongliao)
East China 832,028 km2 407,527,091 499/km2 The above-mentioned seven entities plus the claimed Taiwan Province.
Taiwan and its surrounding island groups are administered by the Republic of China but claimed by the People's Republic of China.
Central China 564,700 km2 216,945,029 384/km2 Henan, Hubei, and Hunan
South China 449,654 km2 166,614,779 371/km2 Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Hong Kong, and Macau
Western China 3,978,700 km2 289,623,281 73/km2 Chongqing, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan, Tibet, Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia, and Xinjiang

Economic regions

Further information: China Western Development, Northeast Area Revitalization Plan, and Rise of Central China Plan

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  East Coast
  Central China
  Northeast China
  Western China

PLA military regions

Main article: Theater commands of the People's Liberation Army

The five theater commands of the PLA
The five theater commands of the PLA

See also