Provinces of China Quiz

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 88
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 88
Jul 2, 2015
True, but as this quiz is about provinces, the confusion should be minimal.
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Level 74
Jun 23, 2014
You mis-spelt "autonomous" - though I don't think those regions have much autonomy anyway
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Level 80
Oct 1, 2014
The average score is 19? Did this get posted on Baidu?
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Level 33
Oct 18, 2014
Looks like the average score is now 12
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Level 62
Mar 13, 2016
Now 21
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Level 47
Nov 19, 2018
Now 17
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Level 62
Apr 30, 2020
Now 18
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Level 83
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 70
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 64
Apr 16, 2017
Thanks for the tip!
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Level 53
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 67
Oct 1, 2014
Love this quiz, but could you add Nei Mong(g)ol (Zizhiqu) as an accepted alternative?
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Level 61
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 77
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 52
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 82
Oct 2, 2014
Mine is red and green.
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Level 70
May 1, 2020
Glitschko56, do you need to see an ophthalmologist?
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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 65
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 64
Apr 16, 2017
I've been to Sichuan, and I loved it. Awesome place.
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Level 74
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 61
Apr 30, 2020
My mom used to live in Sichuan when she was little
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Level 73
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 66
May 12, 2019
Neither Hong Kong nor Macau gained 'independence'.
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Level 66
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 81
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 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 65
Oct 9, 2014
Got only 3, I just know a few Chinese cities, but not provinces.
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Level 62
Mar 13, 2016
If the spellings are killing you, try learning the pronunciations!!
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Level 62
Jun 11, 2016
Why would it count Taiwan, Taiwan is a country not a Chinese province.
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Level 32
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 75
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 70
May 1, 2020
Well said, Akula.
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Level 58
Aug 20, 2016
Hunan, Hainan, and Henan really mess me up.
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Level 64
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 64
Apr 16, 2017
Ningxia, you dodge my mind!
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Level 81
Apr 17, 2017
I, for one, would like to welcome our new overlords.
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Level 48
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 63
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 69
Apr 30, 2020
Happy now?
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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 53
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 58
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 60
Oct 24, 2019
Well done not counting Taiwan as a "province" of the PRC!
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Level 75
Jan 5, 2020
Completely agree. Taiwan is an independent country in its own right.
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Level 62
Mar 30, 2020
I only missed 4 and got 3 points...
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Level 56
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 80
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 42
May 5, 2020
Please accept 香港 for hong kong
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Level 51
May 17, 2020
Where is Taiwan ._.
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Level 32
Jun 2, 2020
did he not say taiwan is not a 'province'
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Level 32
Jun 2, 2020
got 33/33
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Level 47
Jun 6, 2020
everyone now knows hubei lol
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Level 47
Jun 6, 2020
Hong Kong and Taiwan are not part of China. do not give into this authoritarian propaganda.
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Level 46
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 48
Jul 9, 2020
100%
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Level 48
Jul 10, 2020
Next day - 100%!
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Level 61
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 70
Aug 4, 2020
No, but at least it is easy to get an extra province by adding an 'A'.