List of national parks of China

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In China, (Chinese: 国家级风景名胜区; pinyin: Guójiājí Fēngjǐng Míngshèngqū; literally: "National-level Scenic and Historic Interest Area") is the exact equivalent of the term 'national park' (Chinese: 国家公园; pinyin: Guójiā Gōngyuán) applied to the rest of the world, as specified in the National Standard of the People's Republic of China GB50298-1999: Code for Scenic Area Planning, and in the Green Paper: Situation and Prospects of China's Scenic Areas published by the Ministry of Construction in 1994. National parks in China were officially approved and declared by the State Council. The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development is in charge of the supervision and administration of national and provincial parks throughout the country.

To date, China has 225 national parks. The ranges and boundaries of these national parks are often extended beyond what the official names might suggest. For example, the Taihu National Park/太湖国家级风景名胜区 (overall size [scenic zones + transitional zones]:3,091 km²), stretching across Suzhou and Wuxi, is composed of 13 scenic zones (with a number of scenic spots in each SZ): Mudu, Shihu/石湖, Guangfu/光福, Dongshan/东山, Xishan/西山, Luzhi, Tongli, Mount Yushan, Meiliang Lake, Lake Lihu, Xihui, Mashan/马山, Yangxian/阳羡, plus 2 isolated scenic spots (falling outside of the scenic zone): Taibo's Shrine and Tomb.

List of National Parks

First Batch (Announcement Date: November 8, 1982)

Second Batch (Announcement Date: August 1, 1988)

Third Batch (Announcement Date: January 10, 1994)

Fourth Batch (Announcement Date: May 17, 2002)

Fifth Batch (Announcement Date: January 13, 2004)

Sixth Batch (Announcement Date: December 31, 2005)

Seventh Batch (Announcement Date: December 28, 2009)

Eighth Batch (Announcement Date: October 31, 2012)

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