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  1. 43 of the 47 prefectures are referred to as ken (県, pronounced when a separate word but when part of the full name of a prefecture, e.g. and become [aitɕi̥ꜜkeɴ]). The Classical Chinese character from which this is derived carries a rural or provincial connotation, and an analogous character is used to refer to the counties of China ...

  2. Autonomous prefectures (Chinese: 自治州; pinyin: Zìzhìzhōu) are one type of autonomous administrative divisions of China, existing at the prefectural level, with either ethnic minorities forming over 50% of the population or being the historic home of significant minorities.

  3. The island of Taiwan is claimed as a province by the People's Republic of China (PRC), but it is not under their control. Taiwan is an island known as Republic of China (Taiwan) . Provinces and autonomous regions are broken into prefectures and sub-provincial cities .

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