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A huyện , also known as rural district, in modern Vietnam is a second administrative subdivision of a province or municipality.

There are three administrative tiers of local government in Vietnam:

  • First tier: provinces (tỉnh) and municipalities (thành phố trực thuộc trung ương);
  • Second tier: provincial cities (thành phố trực thuộc tỉnh), town (thị xã), rural districts (huyện) and urban districts (quận);
  • Third tier: communes (), township (thị trấn) and wards (phường).