List of administrative divisions of Shanghai

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Municipality of Shanghai
Seat: Huangpu District
Prefectural level divisions (1)
Sub-provincial new area 1
County level divisions (16)
Districts 15
County 1
Township level divisions (207)
Towns 106
Townships 12
Subdistricts 99

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Administrative divisions of China

History of the political divisions of China

Shanghai is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities of People's Republic of China, and is further divided into 16 districts and 1 county. There is no single downtown district in Shanghai as the urban core is scattered across several districts, although Huangpu District is generally considered the center of Shanghai. Today's Huangpu is the result of the mergers of three old districts: the original Huangpu District merged with Nanshi District in 2000, and in 2011 Luwan District also merged into Huangpu. Huangpu is now the location of the city hall, The Bund, and shopping areas including the famous Nanjing Road, Huaihai Road, and Xintiandi. Across the Huangpu River, Pudong New Area includes Lujiazui, the financial center of Shanghai as well as China, and has been undergoing rapid development since its formation in 1992. In April 2009 Nanhui District was merged into Pudong.[1] Other prominent business and shopping areas include Xujiahui in Xuhui District, Jing'an Temple in Jing'an District, Hongqiao in Changning District, Wujiaochang in Yangpu District, and North Sichuan Road in Hongkou District. Many universities in Shanghai are located in Yangpu, Minhang, and Songjiang Districts.




Eight of the districts are situated in Puxi (literally Huangpu West), or the older part of urban Shanghai on the west bank of the Huangpu River. These eight districts are collectively referred to as downtown Shanghai (上海市区) or the city centre (市中心):

District Population (2010 census)[2] Area (km²)[3] Density (/km²)
Huangpu District (黄浦区; Huángpǔ Qū)[4] 678,670 20.46 33,171
Xuhui District (徐汇区 Xúhuì Qū) 1,085,130 54.76 19,816
Changning District (长宁区 Chángníng Qū) 690,571 38.30 18,031
Jing'an District (静安区 Jìng'ān Qū) 246,788 7.62 32,387
Putuo District (普陀区 Pǔtuó Qū) 1,288,881 54.83 23,507
Zhabei District (闸北区 Zháběi Qū) 830,476 29.26 28,383
Hongkou District (虹口区 Hóngkǒu Qū) 852,476 23.48 36,306
Yangpu District (杨浦区 Yángpǔ Qū) 1,313,222 60.73 21,624
Shanghai proper 6,986,214 289.44 24,137

     Inner Suburbs:

Pudong (east bank), Shanghai

The following districts make up the near suburbs:

District Population (2010 census)[2] Area (km²)[3] Density (/km²)
Pudong New Area (浦东新区 Pǔdōng Xīn Qū) 5,044,430 1210.41 4,168
Minhang District (闵行区 Mǐnháng Qū) 2,429,372 370.75 6,553
Baoshan District (宝山区 Bǎoshān Qū) 1,904,886 270.99 7,029
Jiading District (嘉定区 Jiādìng Qū) 1,471,231 464.20 3,169
Inner suburbs 10,849,919 2,316.35 4,684

     Outer Suburbs:
The following districts encompass satellite towns farther away from the urban core:

District Population (2010 census)[2] Area (km²)[3] Density (/km²)
Jinshan District (金山区 Jīnshān Qū) 732,410 586.05 1,250
Songjiang District (松江区 Sōngjiāng Qū) 1,582,398 605.64 2,613
Qingpu District (青浦区 Qīngpǔ Qū) 1,081,022 670.14 1,613
Fengxian District (奉贤区 Fèngxián Qū) 1,083,463 687.39 1,576
Outer suburbs 4,479,293 2,549.22 1,757

     The Islands (Rural areas):
Chongming, Changxing, Hengsha, and Yuansha Islands at the mouth of the Yangtze River are governed by Chongming County.

County Population (2010 census)[2] Area (km²)[3] Density (/km²)
Chongming County (崇明县 Chóngmíng Xiàn) 703,722 1,185.49 594

Further divisions[edit]

As of 2009, these administrative divisions are further divided into the following 210 township-level divisions: 109 towns, 2 townships, 99 subdistricts. Those are in turn divided into the following village-level divisions: 3,640 neighborhood committees and 1,722 village committees.[5]

Recent changes in administrative divisions[edit]


  1. ^ Chinese Shanghai Statistical Yearbook 2010
  2. ^ a b c d Chinese Shanghai 2010 Census Data Shanghai Statistics Bureau
  3. ^ a b c d Shanghai Statistical Yearbook 2010 - Land Area
  4. ^ Huangpu District's area and population are the sums of Huangpu and Luwan districts in sources, as the two merged in 2011.
  5. ^ Shanghai Statistical Yearbook 2010 - Administrative Division