With the continuous enhancement of regional connectivity, the indirect land resources use through trade in goods and services plays an increasingly important role in the utilization of land resources. However, relevant research in this field is still in its infancy, and few papers have addressed this issue. This paper, for the first time, uses the multi-region input-output model to calculate the embodied land in the 30 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) and 8 regions of China from the perspective of regional trade, and further analyzes the spatial pattern characteristics of embodied land flows. The results show that the amount of embodied land occupied by China's inter-regional trade accounts for 21.39% of the country's total land, and an average of 38.54% of China's provincial land demand is met by land export from other provinces. More than 80% of land consumed by Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai are from other provinces. Heilongjiang, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, and Hebei are the provinces with the largest net exporter of cultivated land, forest and grazing land and aquatic land, fishery land, and construction land, respectively (the outflows account for 42.26%, 27.53%, 38.66% and 35.28% of the corresponding land types in the province); and Guangdong, Shandong and Zhejiang are the main net importer. The flow of agricultural land (cultivated land, forestland, grazing land and aquatic land) mainly generally shows a shift from west to east and from north to south. The regions in northeast and northwest China have the largest scale of agricultural land outflow, mainly into East and South China. In addition, 8.43% of cultivated land, 7.47% of forestland, 6.41% of grazing land, 6.88% of aquatic land and 18.35% of built-up land in China are provided for foreign use through international trade. This paper provides feasible ideas and a theoretical basis for solving the contradiction between land use and ecological protection, and realizing sustainable land use in China.