20 October 2013

Money: the 元 (yuán)

The official currency of China is the Yuan, also known as renminbi RMB. The character that identifies is (yuán) and it is placed behind the number. Ahead of the amount is usually placed the symbol ¥. The currency code is CNY.




To express an amount of money, we combine different characters, of which there are a formal and colloquial version.


Quantity ()
Formal
Colloquial
1
yuán

kuài
0.1
jiǎo

máo
0.01
fēn

fēn


 ¥3.56
 五十六
sān yuán wǔshíliù fēn

 ¥69.9
六十九 九
liùshíjiǔ yuán jiǔ jiǎo


Amounts can also be read as simple single digits, indicating the decimal point with  (diǎn) and reading the zeros, but is not very common. If there is more than one consecutive zero, only one is read. 

For large amounts of money, are widely used characters hundred, thousand and ten thousand along with the unit of currency yuan.

Quantity ()
Character
100
bǎi
1000
qiān
10000
wàn


 ¥249
四十九
èrbǎi sìshíjiǔ yuán

 ¥10000
yī wàn yuán