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Did you know that there are 7 different regions of China which are often cited in official sources when describing China's geography, climate, economy and governance?
Each of these regions are comprised of several Chinese provinces which are in close proximity and share certain geographical and cultural similarities.
Keep reading to view a map and learn more about the 7 regions of China.
China is a very large and populous country with 22 provinces (23 if Taiwan is included), 5 autonomous regions, 4 municipalities and 2 special administrative regions (Hong Kong and Macau).
Sometimes it isn't practical to provide information specific to each province, so a broader method is required to describe different parts of the country.
A good example of this would be during a national weather forecast. In China it is also a popular way to refer to a region's food styles and tourism resources.
Such systems are very common, particularly in larger countries. For example, the United States Census Bureau defines 4 regions of their country - Northeast, Midwest, South and West.
The below map uses color coding to identify the 7 regions of China:
North China Northeast China East China South China Central China Southwest China Northwest China
In Chinese these regions are typically called "中国七大地理地区" which means "7 Geographical Regions of China"
Here is some data on each:
Here are some examples of where the system of 7 Regions in China are used:
It is true that sometimes China is divided into 6 regions and when this happens it is usually because the South China (华南) and Central China (华中) regions are being combined.
In such cases this combined region is known as South Central China (中南) or just Central China.
An example of this is on the National Bureau of Statistics of China website which presents data that has South China and Central China regions listed together under "Central China":
If you have done business with a Chinese company there is a good chance that their staff have provided you with a scan or photo of their China ID Card.
This ID Card, also known as the Resident Identity Card, is compulsory for all Chinese citizens and contains much information about the holder.
Each China ID Card has a unique 18-digit Citizen Identity Number and knowing this number alone can tell you the holder's date of birth, place of birth and gender.
Foreign companies are doing business in China for a wide range of different reasons - including importing, exporting, setting up joint ventures, investing, developing new markets, developing new partnerships & more - but in which Chinese provinces are these efforts focused?
Is most business done in China's gateway municipalities of Shanghai and Beijing, or do foreign companies flock to the manufacturing powerhouse provinces of Guangdong and Zhejiang?
Read this article to learn what are, according to our research, the 9 China provinces where foreign companies do business the most.
Here we introduce some Chinese business gifts which are commonly presented to customers, guests and employees by companies in China.
Like elsewhere in the world, giving gifts is a good way of communicating and to build relationships, but the traditions in China are likely to be a bit different to in your country.
Exchanging gifts is an important part of Chinese business culture and giving the wrong gift can lead to embarrassment and misunderstandings, so we have covered some of the Chinese business gifts to avoid in this article too.