Sub-prefecture-level cities

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A sub-prefecture-level city (Chinese: 副地级市, pinyin: fùdìjíshì), or vice-prefecture-level city, is an unofficial designation for a type of administrative division of China. A sub-prefecture-level city is officially considered to be a county-level city, but it has more power de facto because the cadres assigned to its government are one half-level higher in rank than those of an "ordinary" county-level city—though still lower than those of a prefecture-level city.

While county-level cities are under the administrative jurisdiction of prefecture-level divisions, sub-prefecture-level cities are often administered directly by the provincial government, with no intervening prefecture level administration.

Examples of sub-prefecture-level cities include Jiyuan (Henan province), Xiantao, Qianjiang and Tianmen (Hubei), Golmud (Qinghai), Manzhouli (Inner Mongolia), Shihanza, Tumushuk, Aral, and Wujiaqu (Xinjiang).