The Chinese units were standardized during the last century to make them convert nicely to SI units. Many of the units were formerly 16-based.

Note: The small units *li* (厘) and *fen* (分) have same name for length, area, and mass; however, they refer to different kinds of measurements.

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2 Measures of area 3 Measures of mass 4 Measures of volume 5 Measures of time |

- 1 li (市里) = 15 yin = 150 zhang
- 1 yin (引) = 10 zhang
- 1 zhang (市丈) = 2 bu = 10 chi
- 1 bu (步) = 5 chi
- 1 chi (市尺) = 10 cun
- 1 cun (市寸) = 10 fen
- 1 fen (市分) = 10 li
- 1 li (市厘) = 10 hao
- 1 hao (毫) = 10 si
- 1 si （丝）= 10 hu
- 1 hu （忽）

- 1 li = 500 metres
- 1 zhang = 3.3333 metres
- 1 chi = 33.3333 centimetre
- 1 cun = 3.3333 centimetre

- 1 qing (市顷) = 100 mu
- 1 mu (市亩 / 畝) = 10 fen = 60 square zhang
- 1 fen (市分) = 10 li
- 1 li (市厘)
- 1 square zhang (方丈) = 100 square chi
- 1 square chi (方尺) = 100 square cun
- 1 square cun (方寸）

- 1 qing = 6.6667 hectares
- 1 mu = 6.6667 ares
- 1 li = .6667 square metre

These units are used to measure mass of objects. They are also famous for measuring monetary objects such as gold and silver.

- 1 dan (市担 / 擔) = 100 jin
- 1 jin (市斤) = 10 liang (formerly 16 liang = 1 jin)
- 1 liang (市两) = 10 qian
- 1 qian (市钱) = 10 fen
- 1 fen (市分) = 10 li
- 1 li (市厘) = 10 hao
- 1 hao (毫) = 10 si
- 1 si (絲) = 10 hu
- 1 hu (忽）

- 1 dan = 50 kilograms
- 1 jin = 500 grams
- 1 li = 50 milligram

These units are used to measure grains.

- 1 dan (市石) = 10 dou
- 1 dou (市斗) = 10 sheng
- 1 sheng (市升) = 10 ge
- 1 ge (合) = 10 shao
- 1 shao (勺）= 10 cuo
- 1 cuo (撮)

- 1 shichen (时辰) = 4 ke
- 1 ke (刻); (Modern "ke" refers to quarter of 1 hour instead of quarter of 1 shichen)

- 1 shichen (时辰) = 2 hours