Banner is one of the administrative divisions in China. It’s the same level as those of municipal districts, county-level cities, counties, autonomous counties, autonomous banners, forest regions and special zones. It belongs to county-level administrative region and is under the jurisdiction of prefecture-level cities and leagues. It is the unique county-level administrative region in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. China has a total of 49 banners and 3 autonomous banners.
Historical Origin of Banners in China
Banner is a county-level administrative region unique to Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, that is, its administrative status is the same as that of the county. In the early Qing Dynasty, a banner was set up as a basic administrative region in Mongolia, following Manchu eight banner system, which lasted until the 21st century.
List of Banners in China