Weights & Measures

Now, China uses the international metric system for the weights & measures, however, Chinese weights and measures system is still in use in people’s daily life.

Length

Metric SystemChinese SystemBritish System
1 km2 Li(里)0.62 mi
0.5 km1 Li(里)0.31 mi
1.609 km3.218 Li(里)1 mi
1 m3 Chi(尺)3.281 ft
0.33 m1 Chi(尺)1.09 ft
0.305 m0.9144 Chi(尺)1 ft

Notice:

1 km = 1000 m, 1 m = 100 cm, 1 cm = 100 mm

1 Li(里) = 150 Zhang(丈), 1 Zhang(丈) = 10 Chi(尺), 1 Chi(尺) = 10 Cun(寸)

1 mi = 5280 ft, 1 ft = 12 in

Weight

Metric SystemChinese SystemBritish System
1 kg2 Jin(斤)2.205 lb (pounds)
0.5 kg1 Jin(斤)1.1 lb
0.454 kg0.907 Jin(斤)1 lb (pound)
1 g0.02 Liang(两)0.35 oz
50 g1 Liang(两)1.76 oz
28.35 g0.567 Liang(两)1 oz

Notice:

1 kg = 1000 g, 1 g = 1000 mg

1 Jin(斤) = 10 Liang(两)

1 lt (long ton) = 2240 lb (pounds), 1 lb = 16 oz

Area

Metric SystemChinese SystemBritish System
1 km215 Qing(顷)0.386 sq.mi
0.067 km21 Qing(顷)0.0257 sq.mi
2.59 km238.85 Qing(顷)1 sq.mi
1 ha (hectare)15 Mu(亩)2.47 acre
0.067 ha1 Mu(亩)0.165 acre
0.405 ha6.07 Mu(亩)1 acre

Notice:

1 km2 = 100 ha = 10000 are

1 Qing(顷) = 100 Mu(亩)

1 sq.mi = 640 acre, 1 acre = 43560 sq.ft

Capacity

Metric SystemChinese SystemBritish System
1 l (liter)1 Sheng(升)0.22 uk gal( gallon)
4.546 l4.546 Sheng(升)1 uk gal
1 l1 Sheng(升)0.264 us gal
3.785 l3.785 Sheng(升)1 us gal

Notice:

1 l = 10 dl = 1000 ml, 1 m3 = 1000 dm3, 1 m3 = 1000 l, 1 l = 1 dm3

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