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autonomous regions

Autonomous regions of China

An autonomous region is a first-level administrative subdivision of China. Like Chinese provinces, an autonomous region has its own local government, but an autonomous region theoretically has more legislative rights. In practice, they only have the right to appoint the governor (from the local minority). In all Chinese autonomous regions the Party Secretary, who is the real power base, is Han Chinese. An Autonomous Region is a minority entity which has a higher population of a particular minority ethnic group. There are five autonomous regions in China: the Tibetan people in Tibet, the Zhuang in Guangxi, the Uyghur in Xinjiang, the Mongols in Inner Mongolia, and the Hui in Ningxia.

Name Chinese (T)
Chinese (S)
Pinyin DM1 Local name
(Language)
Abbr.2 Capital CLD3
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region 廣西壯族自治區
广西壮族自治区
Guǎngxī Zhuàngzú Zìzhìqū Zhuang Gvangjish Bouxcuengh Swcigih
(Zhuang)

Guì
Nanning List
Autonomous Region 內蒙古自治區
内蒙古自治区
Nèiměnggǔ Zìzhìqū Mongol
Öbür Mongghul-un Öbertegen Jasaqu Orun
(Mongolian)
内蒙古
Nèiměnggǔ
Hohhot List
Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region 寧夏回族自治區
宁夏回族自治区
Níngxià Huízú Zìzhìqū Hui 寧夏回族自治區
or 宁夏回族自治区
(Chinese)
寧宁
Níng
Yinchuan List
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region 新疆維吾爾自治區
新疆维吾尔自治区
Xīnjiāng Wéiwú'ěr Zìzhìqū Uyghur شىنجاڭ ئۇيغۇر ئاپتونوم رايونى
Shinjang Uyghur Aptonom Rayoni
(Uyghur)

Xīn
Urumqi List
Tibet Autonomous Region 西藏自治區
西藏自治区
Xīzàng Zìzhìqū Tibetan བོད་རང་སྐྱོང་ལྗོངས
Bod.raṅ.skyoṅ.ljoṅs
(Tibetan)

Zàng
Lhasa List
1 Designated minority.
2 Abbreviation.
3 County-level divisions.

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