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Units of Measurements in China

China uses the metric system as the standard for measurement in weight, length, area, volume, etc. Also, an ancient standard of weights and measurements has been used by the Chinese people for more than 2,000 years, and many people are still using a part of the old system. As a result, both the ancient system and the metric system are widely used across the country.

A little knowledge of China’s units of measurements is very helpful to your shopping and communication in China. Please see below for conversion tables for the Chinese system, the metric system and the imperial system.

Units of Weight

MetricChineseImperial
0.454 Kg0.908 Jin1 Pound
0.5 Kg1 Jin1.102 Pounds
1 Kg2 Jin2.205 Pounds

Units of Length

MetricChineseImperial
1.609 Km3.219 Li1 Mile
0.5 Km1 Li0.311 Mile
1 Km2 Li0.621 Mile
0.305 m0.914 Chi1 Foot
0.333 m1 Chi1.094 Feet
1 m3 Chi3.281 Feet

Units of Area

MetricChineseImperial
0.404 Hectares6.07 Mu1 Acre
0.067 Hectares1 Mu0.165 Acre
1 Hectare15 Mu2.471 Acres
1 km21500 Mu0.39 Sq Mile

Units of Volume

MetricChineseImperial
4.546 Liters4.546 Sheng1 Gallon
1 Liter1 Sheng0.22 Gallon
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