China chooses to restrict some data on its protected areas. As a result, data on 2,960 protected areas is not publicly-available and cannot be viewed or downloaded on this page. While these sites are included in the coverage statistics presented here, all other statistics (e.g. number of protected areas; breakdown by governance type etc.) on this page are based upon the publicly-available data only.


Total Protected Areas
19 With management effectiveness evaluations
Terrestrial and Inland Waters Protected Areas
Marine Protected Areas
Other effective area-based conservation measures
Total Other effective area-based conservation measures
Polygons/Points ratio
Polygons 64%
Points 36%


UNEP-WCMC (2024). Protected Area Profile for China from the World Database on Protected Areas, May 2024. Available at: