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Weights and Measures

China uses the metric system for weights and measures, but in some cases the traditional Chinese system is used.

Conversion of Length

Metric System Chinese System British-American System
Metre Centimetre Chi Yard Feet Inch
1 100 3 1.094 3.2808 39.37
0.01 1 0.03 0.01094 0.03281 0.3937
0.3333 33.33 1 0.3646 1.094 13.123
0.9144 91.44 2.743 1 3 36
0.3048 30.48 0.9144 0.3334 1 12
0.0254 2.54 0.0762 0.0278 0.833 1

Note: 1 meter = 100 centimeter = 1,000 millimeter

Conversion of Weight

Metric System Traditional Chinese System British-American System

Kilogram

Jin

Pound

1

2

2.2046

0.5

1

1.1023

0.4536

0.9072

1

 

Metric System British-American System British-American System (for gold or medicine) Traditional Chinese System
Kilogram Gram Pound Pound Pound Pound Liang
1 1,000 2.2046 35.2736 2.679 31.1507 20
0.001 1 0.0022 0.03527 0.00268 0.0321 0.02
0.4536 453.59 1 16 1.2135 14.5833 9.072
0.02835 28.35 0.0625 1 0.07595 0.9114 0.567
0.3732 373.24 0.82286 13.1657 1 12 7.465
0.0311 31.10 0.06857 1.0971 0.08333 2 0.622
0.05 50 0.1102 1.76368 0.13396 1.6075 1

Conversion of Area Measure

Metric System British-American System Chinese System
Square meter Square centimeter Square yard Square feet Square inch Square chi
1 10,000 1.1960 10.7639 1,550 9
0.0001 1 0.00012 0.00108 0.155 0.0009
0.8361 8,361 1 9 1,296 7.525
0.0929 929 0.1111 1 144 0.836
0.00065 6.45 0.00077 0.00694 1 0.0058
0.111 1,111 0.133 1.196 172.2 1

Conversion of Cubage

Metric System Traditional Chinese System British System American System
Liter Sheng Gallon, UK Gallon, US
1 1 0.22 0.264
4.546 4.546 1 1.201
3.785 3.785 0.833 1

 

Metric System British-American System Chinese System
Cubic meter Cubic centimeter Cubic yard Cubic feet Cubic inch Cubic chi
1 1,000,000 1.303 35.3147 61,024 27
0.000001 1 0.0000013 0.00004 0.06102 0.000027
0.7636 764,555 1 27 46,656 20.643
0.02832 28,317 0.037 1 1,728 0.7646
0.000016 16.317 0.00002 0.00058 1 0.00044
0.037 37,037 0.0484 1.308 2,260 1

 

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