Chinese Numbers --- Standard --- Financial --- Rod

There are two sets of characters for Chinese numbers, one for everyday writing and one for use for commercial or financial purposes. The standard numbers are geometrically simple, so using the more complicated capital version helps prevent forgery.

Enter a number to see the Chinese capital version, or count using this system.

The Chinese system is not now used for calculation. The Chinese use Arabic numbers for that. This Chinese system is really a way of writing numbers as words. This helps to explain how the numbers work. The Chinese have different symbols for one to nine.

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 |
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There are also symbols for powers of ten.

10 | 100 | 1000 |
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You construct a number very similar to the way you say it in English.

Two hundred and thirty seven or two - hundred - three - ten - seven |

This is not a positional system like Arabic numbers. The symbols for ten, hundred, thousand and so on, tells you what power of ten the digits refer to. Although the system has a symbol for zero, it doesn't really need it. This zero symbol does get used within the number system, although I have left it out of the counter above.

Chinese symbol for zero: |
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