Units used in China are not the same as, say in the USA or other countries. Some common units are listed below. Although initially it might bother some expats in China, I can assure you after a while you'll get used to it :) For this issue, the tip for living in China (especially for those who like cooking): get a calculator or get some coversion unit tables from the web.
1 mile ~ 1.6 km or 1 km ~ .625 mile
Example: a 10 km distance is about 6.25 miles.
F= 9/5 C + 32
For example: 10C in Fahrenhait would be (9/5)*10 +32 = 50 F
1 inch=2.54 cm
For example: 2 inches= 2*2.54=5.08 cm
1 尺 (chǐ) ~ 30.48 cm When you go to clothing/clothes store, most sellers are using chǐ
1 jin (斤) is about 1 pound 1斤~1.1lb
For smaller items such as spices, say star anise, five spice, etc, the seller uses liang.
1jin~ 10 liang (两)
Other commonly used unit is Gram.
1 公斤 (gong jin or kg) = 1,000 克 (gram)
1 毫克 = 0.001 克 （1克=1000毫克） (毫 háo mili)
1 gallon ~ 2.78 liter
升shēng is liter
1 吨 (dūn) = 1 ton = 1000 kg
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