China today is divided into 3 Slices (piàn 片), Nord Slice, South Slice and West Slice.
They are in turn subdivided into in all 8 great geographical and economical regions.
Today, the country is cut in the following order:
- Provinces, Autonomous Regions, Municipalities (Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, ChongQing).
- Under the Provinces and Autonomous Regions, they are Autonomous States, Counties,
Autonomous Counties, Cities.
- Counties and Autonomous Counties are cut in Townships, Townships of National Minorities,
Towns (Zhen 镇).
- Municipalities and Big Cities are subdivided in Districts, Counties.
Autonomous States in Counties, Autonomous Counties, and Cities.
The County has appeared during the period of 'Feighting Kindoms' near 475 - 221 Av.-J.C.,
the key Epoch for the Chinese Nation when Confucius taught his lessons at the end of the Zhou dynasty.
The governor of a county is also the smallest grade in a national competition,
classified as 7th level in the chinese mandarin system, called Sesam Mandarin for his small administrative surface,