Provinces of China

Can you name the provinces and other first-level subdivisions of China?
Not including the "province" of Taiwan
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Last updated: December 7, 2019
First submittedJanuary 8, 2014
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Automonous Region
Guangxi
Inner Mongolia
Ningxia
Tibet
Xinjiang Uyghur
Municipality
Beijing
Chongqing
Shanghai
Tianjin
Special Region
Hong Kong
Macau
Province
Anhui
Fujian
Gansu
Guangdong
Guizhou
Hainan
Hebei
Heilongjiang
Province
Henan
Hubei
Hunan
Jiangsu
Jiangxi
Jilin
Liaoning
Province
Qinghai
Shaanxi
Shandong
Shanxi
Sichuan
Yunnan
Zhejiang
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Level 90
Feb 14, 2014
Can you please accept Canton for Guangdong?
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Level 35
Apr 6, 2015
It would be easier but quite misleanding while there are at least two places commonly called "Canton" - Guangzhou city and Guangdong province.
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Level 90
Jul 2, 2015
True, but as this quiz is about provinces, the confusion should be minimal.
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Level 75
Jun 23, 2014
You mis-spelt "autonomous" - though I don't think those regions have much autonomy anyway
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Level 83
Oct 1, 2014
The average score is 19? Did this get posted on Baidu?
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Level 37
Oct 18, 2014
Looks like the average score is now 12
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Level 61
Mar 13, 2016
Now 21
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Level 47
Nov 19, 2018
Now 17
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Level 70
Apr 30, 2020
Now 18
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Level 68
Mar 11, 2021
Still 18
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Level 48
Nov 2, 2021
Still 18
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Level 81
Sep 4, 2016
I had 5 on my first go. Now after I've been playing the map quiz of Chinese provinces (2-3 days ago) I got 20/33. I will get them all.
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Level 69
Apr 14, 2017
If you know the words for the cardinal directions in Mandarin (dong = east, nan = south, xi = west, bei = north) you can get 19 easily simply by remembering to try the "opposite" direction. Everyone knows Hunan, so Hubei. Everyone knows Guangdong, so Guangxi, etc.
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Level 66
Apr 16, 2017
Thanks for the tip!
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Level 54
Apr 16, 2017
Funnily enough, this logic doesn't carry over to US states. My Chinese boyfriend asked why there wasn't an "East Virginia." Fair question, sir, fair question.
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Level 65
Mar 10, 2021
I mean a large majority of people in the English speaking world probably do not know Hunan and Guangdong...
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Level 68
Oct 1, 2014
Love this quiz, but could you add Nei Mong(g)ol (Zizhiqu) as an accepted alternative?
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Level 63
Apr 30, 2020
Or NeiMongGu
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Level 75
Oct 1, 2014
Great quiz, good brain exercise, thanks!
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Level 69
Oct 1, 2014
I only got 26.... need to study up a little.
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Level 80
Oct 1, 2014
Wow... 6/33. I'm too American. I can name a bunch of cities, but not provinces. Here's the next one for me to master.
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Level 57
Aug 19, 2016
I only got about 6 the first time but when I looked at the results there were a bunch of others that I knew but had forgotten...
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Level 59
Oct 1, 2014
The fact that the map ends up red and yellow is kind of satisfying.
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Level 85
Oct 2, 2014
Mine is red and green.
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Level 73
May 1, 2020
Glitschko56, do you need to see an ophthalmologist?
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Level 44
May 27, 2021
Mine is green and purple
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Level 32
Oct 1, 2014
Its not a surprise to see regions like Tibet or Inner Mongolia being more recognized than other "Chinese" provinces because unlike those "provinces" these guys interact with the outside world, which makes it more known to foreigners. Hong Kong is worldwide known as British former controlled, and Macau was originally Portugues (Portuguese language in Portuguese) owned (so its also more known because its usually owned by a Western nation whom used to have a powerful and long empire) until the same time as Hong Kong's independence from Britain.
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Level 32
Oct 1, 2014
Also, I'm proud to discover that quite a lot knew my home province Sichuan
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Level 32
Oct 4, 2014
Official spelling is Sichuan, but ridiculous "romanisation" from Western world decided to make us look cool with a "z"
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Level 68
Aug 9, 2016
I think Sichuan is very famous for its mountains, pandas and increasingly popular cuisine, and that is why many people got it. It is a very good province, anyways. :)
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Level 66
Apr 16, 2017
I've been to Sichuan, and I loved it. Awesome place.
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Level 76
Sep 8, 2017
This might be the most well known province in Occident, due to Sichuan pepper or other condiments lol. It might also be because this was historically the most populated in all China, or because people remember that Chongqing was removed from it not so long ago. All in all, a lot of people know about the Four Rivers Province (at least here in France) and there's a chance that if you ask people to name a province, it would be the first answered besides Xizang.
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Level 76
Jun 17, 2020
Many of us in Germany read Bertolt Brecht's play "The Good Person of Sezuan" in school. Sezuan/Sichuan is supposed to be an allegory for all the places where people suffer. Brecht later added that the real Sichuan is not one of these places anymore since the establishment of the People's Republic in 1949. The book is fine, but its author was a bit deluded.
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Level 78
Nov 3, 2020
Sichuan is very poor province. In the HDI it has only 0.716, which is lower than even African and poor Arab countries like Botswana or Jordan. Without Chengdu it would be at least 0.1 lower. The horrible climate makes it feel even worse. At least they are better than Tibet, who live the same as Myanmar (0.585).
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Level 56
Mar 10, 2021
Botswana isn’t poor Arab. In fact, it’s one of the best African countries in terms of quality of life and HDI.
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Level 74
May 12, 2019
Neither Hong Kong nor Macau gained 'independence'.
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Level 74
May 12, 2019
Romanisation occurred way before Pinyin was invented (thus the spelling 'Sichuan'). Pinyin was only introduced in the 1950s and 60s. In fact, I personally prefer the romanised spellings.
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Level 66
Mar 21, 2020
Do you prefer the English romanisation, the French or perhaps the Dutch? Pinyin was definitely one of the best ideas of the Mao era (an admittedly short list). Simplified ideograms also wasn't a bad idea for comprehension by foreigners.
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Level 85
May 12, 2020
Pinyin is a mouthful of alphabet soup for English, French and Dutch. It just makes no sense. There is no true transfer of pronunciation from hardly any language to another. In China they don't pronounce New York and Paris the way you do. (And I'm betting every English speaker read "PAIR-iss", not paʁi like the native pronunciation.)
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Level 78
Nov 3, 2020
You just need word chart. All Chinese sounds are in English. Q is CH, ZH is J, X is SH, etc. The only Chinese sound not in english is the u with two dots. But even that is easy to learn.
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Level 74
Jan 28, 2021
I prefer using the English romanisation when speaking English
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Level 56
Mar 10, 2021
I took a Chinese class for one year in middle school. I don’t remember much of it, but I do remember some Pinyin pronunciations.
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Level 36
Oct 2, 2014
25/33 first try. never been there...
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Level 7
Oct 3, 2014
Only got Inner Mongolia, Tibet, Macau, Hongkong, Hainan.

The hell i care with Chinese Spellings...

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Level 66
Oct 9, 2014
Got only 3, I just know a few Chinese cities, but not provinces.
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Level 61
Mar 13, 2016
If the spellings are killing you, try learning the pronunciations!!
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Level 67
Jun 11, 2016
Why would it count Taiwan, Taiwan is a country not a Chinese province.
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Level 43
Jul 8, 2016
All though it is currently not a Chinese province due to the dispute it is most certainly not a country. Very few places including the UN do not recognize Taiwan as a country mainly due to the fact that it has always been a province of China. As soon as mainland China converts to a democracy Taiwan WILL be a province of China again.
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Level 76
Jan 5, 2020
It is definitely a country. Taiwan has its own border controls, government, political system, military, legal system, currency, foreign policy and so on. Only the most one eyed CCP supporter would claim that Taiwan is not a country.
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Level 73
May 1, 2020
Well said, Akula.
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Level 81
Nov 9, 2020
"...as soon as mainland China converts to democracy..." Thanks for the laugh!
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Level 63
Aug 20, 2016
Hunan, Hainan, and Henan really mess me up.
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Level 72
Sep 18, 2020
Hu = Lake

Hai = Ocean

He = River

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Level 59
Apr 14, 2017
Could you make Hong Kong and Macau more visible somehow, for example by pointing arrows at them?
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Level 66
Apr 16, 2017
Ningxia, you dodge my mind!
+5
Level 81
Apr 17, 2017
I, for one, would like to welcome our new overlords.
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Level 51
Aug 30, 2020
Yeah, 33/33!
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Level 34
May 14, 2017
please accept 'East Turkestan' for Xinjiang
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Level 68
Nov 3, 2017
It is not East Turkestan. East Turkestan is a "part" of it.
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Level 48
Jan 17, 2018
I am still waiting for the Chinese badge.
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Level 75
Apr 30, 2020
Happy now?
+3
Level 62
Mar 10, 2021
I am still waiting for the Indian badge.
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Level 57
Mar 17, 2021
I am still waiting for the Russian Badge
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Level 31
Apr 18, 2019
maybe you could accept xianggang for hongkong... oh well, never mind, I actually just wanted to show off my incredible skills ;-)
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Level 55
May 12, 2019
Thank you HoI4
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Level 48
Aug 5, 2019
Please accept Nei Menggu for Inner Mongolia and maybe East Turkestan for Xinjiang!
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Level 61
Aug 8, 2019
Got 12. Totally forgot about Hong Kong and Macau, for some reason.
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Level 67
Oct 1, 2019
yep, got a big fat 0, and I am not even talking about points haha. (though I could haven gotten the top 6 in hindsight) This is a subject I know nothing about, so I thought I would click it and see if some information will stick. (not too sure that will happen though, a bit verwhelming haha, especially since many look/sound similar to me, so no memory aids. Like for canada alberta allways make me think of a cow, so I remember it. If I can attach the word to something it is much easier to remember)
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Level 61
Oct 24, 2019
Well done not counting Taiwan as a "province" of the PRC!
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Level 76
Jan 5, 2020
Completely agree. Taiwan is an independent country in its own right.
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Level 65
Mar 30, 2020
I only missed 4 and got 3 points...
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Level 70
Apr 26, 2020
Bam full marks, one hour ago and I would’ve got around 10. I recommend this guys three videos they’re really helpful at learning the Chinese subdivisions (https://youtu.be/h-s48UjLC8Q)
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Level 83
May 1, 2020
I'm going to have to get much better at this if I want to get the China badge... only one I need but my top score is pitiable.
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Level 43
May 5, 2020
Please accept 香港 for hong kong
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Level 74
Jan 29, 2021
But that's Chinese
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Level 57
May 17, 2020
Where is Taiwan ._.
+3
Level 40
Jun 2, 2020
did he not say taiwan is not a 'province'
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Level 40
Jun 2, 2020
got 33/33
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Level 55
Jun 6, 2020
everyone now knows hubei lol
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Level 55
Jun 6, 2020
Hong Kong and Taiwan are not part of China. do not give into this authoritarian propaganda.
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Level 47
Aug 29, 2020
Taiwan is not in this quiz. Hong Kong is a part of China that, officially at least, has full autonomous control over its territory. Of course we've recently found out that China is not good at keeping this promise, and it would be nice if Hong Kong could be freed from China, but for now it is definitely part of China.
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Level 78
Nov 3, 2020
Incorrect. Hong Kong has not ever wanted to leave China. HK will be part of China till end of Earth. If everyone leave when things get tough, how will China get better? The HKers being in China is very useful for us mainlanders, because that means the CCP will get the bad publicity. If someone is killed in Singapore by government would you blame CCP? Of course not. Same thing, if Hong Kong becomes independent then CCP loses blame.
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Level 51
Jul 9, 2020
100%
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Level 51
Jul 10, 2020
Next day - 100%!
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Level 68
Jul 12, 2020
Can anyone explain why there is a province called Shaanxi right next to a province called Shanxi?
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Level 71
Aug 4, 2020
No, but at least it is easy to get an extra province by adding an 'A'.
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Level 78
Nov 3, 2020
Shanxi is west of mountain. Shaanxi is a term invented to differentiate them, it means west of pass.
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Level 84
Jan 20, 2021
Alright from what I understand it's because the difference that tone makes in Chinese.

The words Shǎn and Shān (in Pinyin, basically Chinese in English letters) have different meanings due to the different ways they should be pronounced.

To differentiate between them in English they decided to add another A to Shǎnxī.

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Level 48
Jan 20, 2021
I thought Hebei and Henan each had an extra "i"; "Heibei" and "Heinan"
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Level 64
Mar 10, 2021
"He" in Chinese is pronounced like "huh" in English, so definitely no i in it
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Level 20
Feb 21, 2021
i got all of them correct on the first try!
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Level 58
Feb 26, 2021
I don't know why Jetpunk recognises Taiwan as an actual country. Only 17 countries fully recognise it (none of them important), and Taiwan still is not free from the chinese government. Why do you accept it?
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Level 53
Feb 26, 2021
Hello w̶i̶n̶n̶i̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶p̶o̶o̶h̶ Xi.
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Level 44
Mar 10, 2021
Taking a neutral stance, Taiwan is functionally a country
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Level 76
Mar 10, 2021
What do you mean "Taiwan still is not free from the chinese government"? Taiwan has its own political and economic system, its own military and currency and handles foreign policy on its own. Unless by "Chinese Government" you mean "government of the Republic of China", then of course you would be correct.
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Level 58
Mar 21, 2021
None of that matters because Taiwan isn't recognised by any economically important country, nor the UN.
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Level 76
Mar 22, 2021
That doesn't matter in the slightest. Sovereignity is not a popularity contest.
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Level 58
Mar 23, 2021
Please, let's be real here: Taiwan has its own ruler and its own laws, but the fact is that China has control over the area, both physically and economically. It is somehow like Hong Kong, with both unique currencies and economies, but still in control of the chinese government.

And second of all, sovereignity is probably the most important thing to form a country: all JetPunk official countries have at least 90 other countries recognising it. Taiwan has 15, the most important (economically) of them being Guatemala, the 74th largest GDP in the world. And more important, the UN, the most important international organization.

Overall, except for some isolated countries and JetPunkers, nobody recognises it!

I'm not against the independence of the province, but currently, the fact is that Taiwan IS NOT a country.

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Level 76
Mar 29, 2021
Most countries and the UN didn't recognize the People's Republic until the 1970s. Do you think it was not a real country before that? Officially recognizing a country has much more to do with political alignments or interests, although in most cases it also reflects reality. It is more practical to have an official relationship with the PRC than with the ROC if you can't have both, that is all. Most countries maintain unofficial relations with and have de-facto embassies in Taiwan, including the US, France, and the UK. And I don't know where you heard that "China has control over the area, both physically and economically". If Taiwan has its own political system, its own laws, its own economic relations to foreign countries, and its own military, how can it not be in control of itself?
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Level 76
Mar 29, 2021
Unless by "area" you mean all of China. Or by "China", you mean the ROC. Despite the PRC's claim, it does not factually control Taiwan, and despite the ROC's claim, it does not factually control mainland China. That much should be clear. But if you think that the ROC is not actually in control of Taiwan, I would very much like to see your sources.
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Level 58
Mar 29, 2021
I'm not talking about de facto countries. There are plenty more areas around the world that have their own laws, political system and whatever, that could fit into the description of a country. But we're talking about OFFICIAL countries, because that's what JetPunk is about! Therefore, no, Taiwan is not an official country, since very few countries truly recognise it, and the UN also don't recognise it.

Second, yes, Taiwan has its own laws, its own political system and so, but let's just remind that, by far, its most important trading partner is still China, meaning that if the chinese government decided to cut their relations, that'd be it! But China doesn't consider it to be a problem, they have better things to do!

Third, let's remind that the Chinese army is about 20 times the size of the Taiwanese army. That means, if they ever decided to (officialy) declare independence, that'd also be it!

Finally, Taiwan is somehow free to make choices, but let's not ilude ourselves.

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Level 73
Mar 10, 2021
Got all but 3 this time. I'm learning, slowly but surely.
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Level 76
Mar 10, 2021
The videos of AdvChina/laowhy, especially this one, helped me with this quiz.
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Level 37
Mar 10, 2021
only got Hong Kong and Tibet
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Level 46
Mar 10, 2021
I was born in Chongqing. I got all of them!
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Level 56
Mar 11, 2021
"Xinjiang" is an illegitimate colonial name for occupied East Turkestan
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Level 35
May 10, 2021
No
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Level 50
Mar 11, 2021
Where's Taiw- I mean Chinese Taipei?
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Level 27
Apr 10, 2021
Only 12/33..time to master this.
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Level 20
May 31, 2021
Can you accept Nei Meng Gu Instead of Inner Mongolia?
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Level 78
Jun 2, 2021
Yeah, I always go to type that.
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Level 44
Jun 4, 2021
Nei Mongol works
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Level 35
Jun 1, 2021
only for the badge, never again but good quiz.
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Level 29
Jun 27, 2021
fun quiz finally put my china knowledge to use xdddd still can't spell to save my life :D
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Level 48
Jul 24, 2021
I expected at least 90% to get Xinjiang Uyghur since it has been in the news a lot recently.