(自治区). An administrative division of China, part of the first-level Provincial Level (省级行政区). Although these regions are “autonomous” in name only, they have been instituted for regions inhabited by ethnic or religious minorities. They are the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (新疆维吾尔自治区), the Tibet Autonomous Region (西藏自治区), the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (内蒙古自治区), the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (广西壮族自治区), and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region (宁夏回族自治区).
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