- (informal) The area under the jurisdiction of the People's Republic of China, excluding Hong Kong and Macau.
- 1983 December 18, “Butterfield Tells Suffering On Mainland”, in Free China Weekly, volume XXIV, number 50, Taipei, page 1:
- Chinese Communist rule on mainland China during the past three decades has destroyed the vitality, spirit and cultural heritage of the Chinese people, said Fox Butterfield, during an address at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Dec. 11.
- Also used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see mainland, China.
area under the jurisdiction of the People's Republic of China, excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan