Subdivisions of Beijing
Beijing, a metropolis in northern China, with an area of 6,500 sq mi (16,800 sq km).is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. Beijing is one of the four municipalities of the PRC, which are equivalent to provinces in China’s administrative structure. Beijing is recognized as the political, educational, and cultural center of the PRC.
Beijing Municipality comprises 18 administrative sub-divisions, county-level units governed directly by the municipality (second-level divisions). Of these, 16 are districts and 2 are counties.
The urban and suburban areas of the city are divided into eight districts: Dongcheng District , Xicheng District, Chongwen District, Xuanwu District,Chaoyang District,Haidian District,Fengtai District and Shijingshan District.
The following six districts encompass the more distant suburbs and satellite towns, constituting part of the metropolitan area:Mentougou District, Daxing District, Fangshan District, Shunyi District, Thongzhou District and Changping District.
The other two districts and the two counties located further out govern semirural and rural areas: Pinggu District, Huai’rou District, Yanqing County and Miyun County.
Beijing’s 18 districts and counties are further subdivided into 273 lower (third)-level administrative units at the township level: 119 towns, 24 townships, 5 ethnic townships and 125 subdistricts.
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