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Chinese Measurements

In China, Metric system is adopted as standard measurement in length, weight, volume, area and square measures. Also, Chinese people often use a part of their traditional measurement system. Please view a comparison between frequently-used Chinese measurements, metric system and Anglo-American system. A little knowledge of Chinese measurement units is very useful to your shopping in China.

Length
1 li (里) = 0.5 km = 0.311 mile = 0.27 sea mile
1 chi (尺) = 10 chun (寸) = 0.333 m = 1.094 ft
1 chun (寸) = 3.33 cm = 0.1094 ft
1 km (1,000 m) = 2 li (里) = 0.621 mile = 0.54 sea mile
1 m = 3 chi (尺) = 3.281 ft = 1.094 yard
1 mile = 1.609 km = 3.219 li (里) = 0.868 sea mile
1 ft = 0.305 m = 0.914 chi (尺)
1 sea mile = 1.852 km = 3.704 li (里) = 1.15 mile

Weight
1 ton = 1000 kg = 2000 jin (斤)
1 jin = 10 Liang (两) = 0.5 kg = 1.102 pound
1 Liang (两)= 0.1 (斤) = 50 g = 0.1102 pound
1 kg = 2 jin (斤) = 2.205 pound
1 UK pound = 0.454 kg = 0.907 jin (斤)

Volume
1 liter = 1 sheng (升) = 0.22 UK gallon
1 UK gallon = 4.546 liter = 4.546 sheng (升) 


Area & Square Measures
1 mu (亩) = 10 fen (分) = 0.067 hectare = 0.164 acre
1 hectare = 15 mu (亩) = 2.47 acre
1 acre = 0.405 hectare = 6.07 mu (亩)

Questions & Comments

  • Ripple on January 27, 2011, 11:08 am

    Hi Dalia, I think the Chinese company must have made a mistake, they sent you the wrong sample. The Chinese standard is the same as the international standard.

  • Dalia on January 26, 2011, 5:56 pm

    Hello, I'm having an inquiry if you please I'm facing a problem as our company wants to import cables from china so we had a sample before from china and we found that the 1.5 mm cable is like the 1.1 mm here in egypt so was there a mistake then or does the chinese standard differ from the international standard? thanks a lot in advance

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