The city-prefectures (地级市; Pinyin : dìjíshì ) is a administrative division in Popular republic of China. They are located at the level immediately lower than the province or the autonomous region. On this level, it is division more fréquente ; one counts 283 of them. The city-prefectures generally correspond to an urban center surrounded by rural areas. Many provinces contain only city-prefectures.
The level of following cutting corresponds to the districts , which name banners in Mongolia-Interior.
15 city-prefectures have a greater autonomy with respect to the province, although lower than that of the municipalities : they are the under-provincial cities.
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