Practical Information

Chinese Weights & Measures

Chinese Weights & Measures The metric system is used in China, though Chinese weights are still common. The Chinese jin, which is equal to half a kilogram or 1.1 pounds, is used by street venders – but not in supermarkets. The Chinese word for kilometer (0.62 miles) is “gong li”, and is used on taxi meters and road signs. Another useful word is "mi", which is Chinese for meter.