China's 4 Municipalities
After the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, Anshan,
Benxi, and Fushun were also made municipalities, while Qingdao, Dalian, and
Harbin were reduced to provincial municipalities. Hankou was merged into Wuhan.
Hence there remained 12 municipalities, until Dalian was elevated in 1950. In
November 1952, Nanjing was reduced to a provincial municipality. In July 1953,
Harbin was restored to municipality status, along with Changchun. Except
Beijing and Tianjin, which were under central control, all other municipalities
were governed by the greater administrative areas.
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