Value of 1996 Chinese Renminbis today

¥100 in 1996

¥160.02 in 2018

The inflation rate in China between 1996 and today has been 60.02%, which translates into a total increase of ¥60.02. This means that 100 renminbis in 1996 are equivalent to 160.02 renminbis in 2018. In other words, the purchasing power of ¥100 in 1996 equals ¥160.02 today. The average annual inflation rate has been 2.06%.

Inflation timeline in China (1996-2018)

The following chart ilustrates the equivalence of ¥100 throughout the years due to inflation and CPI changes. All values are equivalent in terms of purchashing power, which means that for each year the same goods or services could be bought with the indicated amount of money.

All calculations are performed in the local currency (CNY) and using 6 decimal digits. Results show only up to 2 decimal digits to favour readability. Inflation data is provided by governments and international institutions on a monthly basis. Today's values were obtained by estimating figures from recent trends.

The following table contains relevant indicators:

Indicator Value
Total Inflation (1996-2018) 57.16%
Total Inflation* 60.02%
Annual inflation avg. (1996-2018) 2.08%
Annual inflation avg.* 2.06%
CPI 1996 66.49
CPI 2018 104.5
CPI today* 106.4
¥1 in 1996 ¥1.57 in 2018

* Values extrapolated from the last official data to obtain today's values.

How to calculate today's value of money after inflation?

There are several ways to calculate the time value of money. Depending on the data available, results can be obtained by using the compound interest formula or the Consumer Price Index (CPI) formula.

Using the compound interest formula

Given that money changes in time as a result of an inflation rate that acts as a compound interest, the following formula can be used: FV = PV (1 + i)n, where:

  • FV: Future Value
  • PV: Present Value
  • i: Interest rate (inflation)
  • n: Number of times the interest is compounded (i.e. # of years)

In this case, the future value represents the final amount obtained after applying the inflation rate to our initial value. In other words, it indicates how much are ¥100 worth today. There are 22 years between 1996 and 2018 and the average inflation rate has been 2.0649%. Therefore, we can resolve the formula like this:

FV = PV (1 + i)n = ¥100 * (1 + 0.02)22 = ¥157.16

Using the CPI formula

When the CPI for both start and end years is known, the following formula can be used:

Final value = Initial value *
CPI final/CPI initial

In this case, the CPI in 1996 was 66.49 and the CPI today is 106.4. Therefore,

Final value = Initial value *
CPI final/CPI initial
= ¥100 *
104.5/66.49
= ¥157.16

China inflation - Conversion table

Initial Value Equivalent value
¥1 renminbi in 1996 ¥1.6 renminbis today
¥5 renminbis in 1996 ¥8 renminbis today
¥10 renminbis in 1996 ¥16 renminbis today
¥50 renminbis in 1996 ¥80.01 renminbis today
¥100 renminbis in 1996 ¥160.02 renminbis today
¥500 renminbis in 1996 ¥800.08 renminbis today
¥1,000 renminbis in 1996 ¥1,600.16 renminbis today
¥5,000 renminbis in 1996 ¥8,000.78 renminbis today
¥10,000 renminbis in 1996 ¥16,001.56 renminbis today
¥50,000 renminbis in 1996 ¥80,007.81 renminbis today
¥100,000 renminbis in 1996 ¥160,015.62 renminbis today
¥500,000 renminbis in 1996 ¥800,078.08 renminbis today
¥1,000,000 renminbis in 1996 ¥1,600,156.16 renminbis today

Value of Renminbi in time (by year)

Period Value
1996 100
1997 107
1998 107.43
1999 106.35
2000 105.29
2001 106.87
2002 106.55
2003 106.09
2004 109.5
2005 112.02
2006 113.79
2007 116.99
2008 124.69
2009 126.26
2010 128.41
2011 134.28
2012 139.69
2013 143.23
2014 146.82
2015 148.89
2016 151.29
2017 154.3
2018 157.16
Today 160.02