Peoples Republic of China


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Current (July 2016) China license plate issued in Ningxia Hui (Yinchuan)

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Current (July 2016) China license plate issued in Chongqing Municipality
Current (July 2016) China license plate issued in Gansu (Lanzhou)

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Current (October 2014) China license plate issued in Anhui 皖 (Hefei)
Current (October 2014) China license plate issued in Fujian 闽 (Fuzhou)

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Current (October 2014) China license plate issued in Hainan 琼 (Haikou)
Current (October 2014) China license plate issued in Hebei 冀 (Shijiazhuang)

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Current (October 2014) China license plate issued in Heilongjiang 黑 (Harbin)
Current (October 2014) China license plate issued in Henan 豫 (Zhengzhou)

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Current (October 2014) China license plate issued in Hubei 鄂 (Wuhan)
Current (October 2014) China license plate issued in Hunan 湘 (Changsha)

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Current (October 2014) China license plate issued in Jiangsu 苏 (Nanjing)
Current (October 2014) China license plate issued in Jiangxi 赣 (Nanchang)

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Current (October 2014) China license plate issued in Jilin 吉 (Changchun)
Current (October 2014) China license plate issued in Liaoning 辽 (Shenyang)

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Current (October 2014) China license plate issued in Neimenggu (Inner Mongolia) 蒙 (Huhhot)
Current (October 2014) China license plate issued in Shaanxi 陕 (Xi'an)

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Current (October 2014) China license plate issued in Sichuan 川 (Chengdu)
Current (October 2014) China license plate issued in Zhejiang 浙 (Hangzhou)

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Current (October 2014) China cross border license plate issued in Guangdong 粤 to residents of Hong Kong 港
Current (October 2014) China cross border license plate issued in Guangdong 粤 to resident of Macao 澳

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Current (June 2014) China license plate issued in Xizang (Tibet) 藏 in Lhasa

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Current (June 2014) China license plate issued in Tianjin (Tientsin) 津
Current (June 2014) China license plate issued in Shanxi 晋 in Taiyuan

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Current (March 2014) China license plate issued in Shandong 鲁in Jinan
Current (March 2014) China license plate issued in Guangdong 粤 in Huizhou

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Current (March 2014) China license plate issued in Beijing 京 suburbs
Current (March 2014) China license plate issued in Shanghai 沪


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Current China license plate issued in Qinghai Province 青, Xining office, seen in use September of 2008
Current China license plate issued in Hainan Province 琼, Haikou office, seen in use July of 2012

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Current China license plate issued in Shaanxi Province 陕, Xi'an office seen in use in 2008
Current China license plate issued in Jiangsu Province 赣, Suzhou office seen in use in 2009

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China license plate issued in Tibet Autonomous Region (Xizang) 藏, Lhasa office in use in Lhasa October of 2008


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Current (April 2012) People's Republic of China license plate issued in Zhejiang Province 浙(Lishue office)Current (July 2010)
People's Republic of China license plate issued in Guangdong Province 粤 (Shenzhen office)(July 2010)

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Current (April 2012) People's Republic of China moped license plate issued in Tianjin Province 津

Images from John O. Perez of Bossier City, Louisiana


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Current (July 2011) People's Republic of China plate issued in Fujian Province 闽 (Xiamin office)

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Current (July 2011) People's Republic of China bus plate issued in Guangdong Province (Shantou office)

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Current (July 2011) Hong Kong license plate

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Current (July 2011) Hong license plates with attached People's Republic of China, Guangdong Province issued, border crossing plates showing the Guangzhou (Canton) ideogram to the right where the plates are issued.

Images sent by Arjan Singgit of Jakarta, Indonesia


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Current style (December 2010) Hong Kong license (I believe it is for a government vehicle, including police)(German made)

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Current style (December 2010) People's Republic of China license plate issued in Guangdong Province (Shenzhen office)

Image sent by John O. Perez, World Traveler


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Current (July 2010) People's Republic of China license plate issued in Jiangsu Province (Yingtan office)
Current (July 2010) People's Republic of China license plate issued in Zhejiang Province (Jinhua office)

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Current (July 2010) People's Republic of China license plate issued in Guangdong Province (Guangzhou [Canton])(Dongguan office)
Current (July 2010) People's Republic of China license plate issued in Henan Province (Zhengzhou)(Nanyang office)

Images sent by Arjan Singgit of Djarkata, Indonesia


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Current (December 2009) People's Republic of China foreign owned vehicle plate from Guangdong province issued at the Zhaoqin office, topped with Hong Kong rear plate.
The Z in the serial is for plates on vehicles regularly traveling across the border to Hong Kong


Image from Chuck Obendorf of Stow, Ohio


 

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Current (February 2008) Macao motorcyle license plate.
Image of motorcycle seen here.
Click here for a picture of a motorcycle front plate.


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Current (February 2008) Macao passenger car license plate.
Click here for picture of car, and here for picture of a car showing a front plate



Current Macao license plate with People's Republic of China diplomatic plate from Guangdong Province
A picture of the car it is on can be seen here.

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Current (February 2008) Hong Kong bus plate
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Images from Dr. Steve Lee, Everett, Washington (my dentist)


 

Duane Johnson of Topeka, Kansas picked these plates up in Shanghai in September of 2000. They were said to be plates for a small vehicle--smaller than a car but larger than a bicycle. The plate with the sunburst is said to be for a private vehicle during the Kuomintang government period in 1923. This, at least, was the opinion of the recent owner.
The white on blue was said to have been issued during the Japanese occupation, probably in 1939, with a character representing Shanghai on it. However, the character is complicated compared to the currently used license plates (See below) because it is of the Japanese style, slightly different from the Chinese. Both of the plates are porcelain, with the older having no gloss remaining, if it ever had any. The older of the two is two sided.




 

Current cycle plate from the Chongqing district, city of Fungdu brought to you Duane Johnson of Topeka, Kansas. Picked up on a September 2000 trip to China.


The plates below were all seen in April of 1999 by the website author Mike Sells of Everett, Washington on a trip to China
Passenger Cars
Passenger car plates in the PRC are white on blue. This includes plates on taxis. There are local police cars also using the white on blue with the number after the first letter showing a letter O (not a zero). The province or administrative area is shown by the Chinese characters on the left side of the plate. Colors of actual plates are the same countrywide. Differences in color here are due to light when pictures were taken and plate aging caused by washing and sun fading. In order to own a plate for a car, you would have to pay the equivalent of $4,000.00 according to the Chinese state tourist guides. However, I doubt the accuracy of that statement, and have other sources with access to Chinese plates that say the figure is pure nonsense. The number is registered with the person and goes with them if cars are changed. That is why it is unlikely that collectors will ever see many current PRC plates on the market. These plates will be used well into the year 2000. Vehicles appear to be updated in some areas with yearly windshield stickers.

 
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Beijing plate (urban area)
 
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Hunan Province plate issued in Changde office 

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Shaanxi Province plate issued in Xi'an office

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Shandong Province plate issued in Tai'an office
 

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Shanghai urban area plate

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Tianjin urban area plate



Busses, Trucks and Tractors.

Bus, truck and tractor plates are black on yellow. The front plate is the standard size of the passenger plate. Rear plates, however, are taller and less wide. On trucks, the serial number is quite often stenciled in large numbers on the tailgate along with having an attached plate.

 
 
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Beijing rear plate used on bus. Truck and tractor plates are similar.
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Front type plate used on bus. Again, trucks and tractors are similar. This one was issued in Shaanxi province.



 Foreign owned & Consulate Plates

White on black plates are placed on cars that are owned by foreigners working with joint venture companies in China and vehicles owned by foreign consulates and embassies.

 
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Issued in Guangdong Province at Shantou office
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Issued on Hainan Island Province
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Issued in Jiangsu Province
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Issued to consulate in Shanghai. The red symbol at the right indicates it is a consulate or foreign embassy plate.
 


Official and Military plates

Black on white plates with red symbols or letters to the left indicates military plates issued to the Peoples Liberation Army or the plates of government bureaucrats and officials. Police vans also appeared to carry the black on white with red lettering or symbol plates, and red Chinese characters to the right. I was unable to get a picture of a police van plate.

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 Chengdu Province military transport police plate placed on passenger car.
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Plate placed on military jeep.
Picture was taken in Xi'an, Shaanxi province.


Airports

Plates placed on vehicles used at airports were white on green. I managed to get this picture while walking to board a plane in Xi'an (pronounced She-on)
Plates at Shanghai and Beijing airports were similar.
They were the only places that I was able to see the white on green style.
The plates appeared on refueling vehicles, airport authority cars, and baggage handling vehicles.
They are the standard passenger size.

Motorcycles and mopeds
Motorcycles used a smaller version of the black on yellow truck and bus plates, which the front plate placed on the front fender in alignment rather than perpendicular. Mopeds used a white on blue plate.

 

 Front motorcycle plate placed on old motorcycle with sidecar. This one was issued in Beijing.

Rear motorcycle plate from Beijing.
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Rear moped plate from Beijing.

Rear plate placed on three wheeled pedal car in Beijing.
A variety of plates are used on these carts all over China.
Bicycles also have a variety of plate styles.
In Beijing they were small black on yellow metal plates bent around the back fender.
In Shanghai they appeared as narrow plastic plates affixed underneath the seat.