China is the world's third largest country, after Russia and Canada. Its political geography is complicated. Encompassing 5 different administrative zones, China has 23 Provinces, 5 Autonomous Regions, 4 Municipalities, 2 Special Administrative Regions (SAR) and 1 Claimed Province.
The following is a list of the provinces in China in alphabetical order. Click through for more information on each region. Taiwan, the twenty-third and claimed province, is listed separately.
Capital city: Guangzhou Provincial population:
113 million Famous for:
factories and industry; its capital, Guangzhou (formerly "Canton"). Map: Guangdong Province
Guiyang Provincial population:
39 million Famous for:
large populations of minority peoples such as the Miao, Dong and Buyi. Map: Guizhou Province
Capital city: Shijiazhuang
Provincial population: 68 million
Famous for: Chengde's Qing Dynasty summer palace (UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site), Great Wall Shanhaiguan Pass, the easternmost end of the Ming-era Great Wall.
Map: Hebei Province
10. Hunan Province
Changsha Provincial population:
67 million Famous for:
delicious spicy food, Mao Zedong's birth village of Shaoshan Chong, Wulingyuan scenic area. Map: Hunan Province