List of National Famous Historical and Cultural Cities in China

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This is a list of cities designated as National Famous Historical and Cultural Cities (国家历史文化名城) by the State Council of China. China approved 99 National Famous Historical and Cultural Cities in three batches in 1982, 1986 and 1994, and has approved a further 44 cities from August 10, 2001 to September 30, 2023, bringing the total to 143. These cities are distributed throughout every provinces, autonomous region, and municipalitly except for Hong Kong and Macao. Jiangsu is the province with the most National Famous Historical and Cultural Cities, having 13; Shandong and Zhejiang are second, each having 10, Guangdong, Henan, Sichuan, and Yunnan are 4th with 8 cities, and Anhui is 8th, having 7. and Hebei, Jiangxi, Shanxi, Shaanxi are 9th, each with 6 National Famous Historical and Cultural Cities.


According to the Protection Law on Cultural Relics of China, a National Famous Historical and Cultural City is a city with an unusual wealth of cultural relics of high historical value and major revolutionary significance, subject to the approval and announcement of the State Council of PR China. The local government at the county level of the place where the famous city is located must organize the formulation of plans on protection of the famous city and bring that planning into the overall city planning. Measures for the protection of famous city shall be formulated by the State Council.[1]

First batch[edit]

The first batch was published on February 8, 1982 by State Council, there are 24 Chinese cities.[2]

24 cities

Second batch[edit]

The second batch was published on December 8, 1986 by State Council, there are 38 cities.[3]

38 cities

Third batch[edit]

The third batch was published on January 4, 1994 by State Council, there are 37 cities.[4]

37 cities

Supplementary list[edit]

44 cities
Supplementary List for 2001–present[5]
Number Name Chinese Province Approval date
1 Shanhaiguan, Qinhuangdao 秦皇岛山海关 Hebei 10-Aug-01
2 Fenghuang 凤凰 Hunan 17-Dec-01
3 Puyang 濮阳 Henan 1-Oct-01
4 Anqing 安庆 Anhui 14-Apr-05
5 Tai'an 泰安 Shandong 9-Mar-07
6 Haikou 海口 Hainan 13-Mar-07
7 Jinhua 金华 Zhejiang 18-Mar-07
8 Jixi 绩溪 Anhui 18-Mar-07
9 Turpan 吐鲁番 Xinjiang 27-Apr-07
10 Tekes 特克斯 Xinjiang 6-May-07
11 Wuxi 无锡 Jiangsu 15-Sep-07
12 Nantong 南通 Jiangsu 2-Jan-09
13 Beihai 北海 Guangxi 9-Nov-10
14 Jiaxing 嘉兴 Zhejiang 27-Jan-11
15 Yixing 宜兴 Jiangsu 27-Jan-11
16 Zhongshan 中山 Guangdong 17-Mar-11
17 Taiyuan 太原 Shanxi 17-Mar-11
18 Penglai 蓬莱 Shandong 1-May-11
19 Huili 会理 Sichuan 8-Nov-11
20 Kuqa 库车 Xinjiang 15-Mar-12
21 Yining 伊宁 Xinjiang 28-Jun-12
22 Taizhou 泰州 Jiangsu 10-Feb-13
23 Huize 会泽 Yunnan 18-May-13
24 Yantai 烟台 Shandong 18-Nov-13
25 Qingzhou 青州 Shandong 18-Nov-13
26 Huzhou 湖州 Zhejiang 14-Jul-14
27 Qiqihar 齐齐哈尔 Heilongjiang 6-Aug-14
28 Changzhou 常州 Jiangsu 1-Aug-15
29 Ruijin 瑞金 Jiangxi 11-Aug-15
30 Huizhou 惠州 Guangdong 3-Oct-15 [6]
31 Wenzhou 温州 Zhejiang 22-Apr-16 [7]
32 Gaoyou 高邮 Jiangsu 28-Nov-16 [8]
33 Yongzhou 永州 Hunan 16-December-16
34 Longquan 龙泉 Zhejiang 16-July-17
35 Changchun 长春 Jilin 15-October-17
36 Yu County 蔚县 Hebei 2-May-18
37 Liaoyang 辽阳 Liaoning 29-November-20
38 Tonghai County 通海 Yunnan 3-March-21
39 Yi County 黟县 Anhui 2-June-21
40 Tongcheng 桐城 Anhui 7-November-21
41 Fuzhou 抚州 Jiangxi 11-January-22
42 Jiujiang 九江 Jiangxi 38-March-22
43 Jianchuan County 劍川 Yunnan 5-March-23
44 Putian 莆田 Fujian 30-September-23