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This article is about a type of administrative division in Inner Mongolia, China.

For other meanings of the term "banner", see banner .


Banner
Chinese: (character)

(Pinyin romanization)
Mongolian: Хошуу (cyrillized)

khoshuu (romanized)
Manchurian: Gūsa (romanized)
A banner is an administrative division of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in the People's Republic of Chinamarker.

Banners were first used during the Qing Dynastymarker, which organized the Mongols into banners except those who belonged to the Manchu Eight Banners. Each banner had sumu as nominal subdivisions. In Inner Mongolia, several banners made up a league. In the rest, including Outer Mongolia, northern Xinjiang and Qinghaimarker, Aimag (Аймаг) was the largest administrative division. While it restricted the Mongols from crossing banner borders, the dynasty protected Mongolia from population pressure from China proper.

Today, banners are a county level division in the Chinese administrative hierarchy. There are 49 banners in total.

An autonomous banner is a special type of banner set up by the People's Republic of China. There are 3 autonomous banners, all of which are found in northeastern Inner Mongolia, each with a designated ethnic majority other than Han or Mongol and which is a national ethnic minority:



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