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China, a unique paper size, holds a significant place in the world of print and design. It's part of neither the ISO nor ANSI series, making it an intriguing outlier in the realm of standard paper sizes.

Its dimensions are not universally standardized, reflecting China's rich cultural diversity and historical evolution. This lack of uniformity presents both challenges and opportunities for designers and printers alike.

China paper dimensions


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2A046.81 x 66.221189 x 1682119 x 1683370 x 4768
A120.51 x 0.7113 x 181 x 237 x 51
4A066.22 x 93.621682 x 2378168 x 2384768 x 6741
A110.71 x 1.0218 x 262 x 351 x 74
A101.02 x 1.4626 x 373 x 474 x 105
A3+12.95 x 19.02329 x 48333 x 48933 x 1369
A1+23.98 x 35.98609 x 91461 x 911726 x 2591
A0+35.98 x 50.87914 x 129291 x 1292591 x 3662
A64.13 x 5.83105 x 14811 x 15298 x 420
A55.83 x 8.27148 x 21015 x 21420 x 595
A48.27 x 11.69210 x 29721 x 30595 x 842
A311.69 x 16.54297 x 42030 x 42842 x 1191
A91.46 x 2.0537 x 524 x 5105 x 147
A216.54 x 23.39420 x 59442 x 591191 x 1684
A82.05 x 2.9152 x 745 x 7147 x 210
A123.39 x 33.11594 x 84159 x 841684 x 2384
A72.91 x 4.1374 x 1057 x 11210 x 298
A033.11 x 46.81841 x 118984 x 1192384 x 3370

The Chinese traditional paper size system is based on a logical and fascinating progression. The parent sheet, known as 'whole', measures approximately 787 x 1092 mm. This is then halved to create two 'half' sheets, quartered for 'quarter' sheets, and so forth. Each subsequent division results in a new paper size that maintains the same aspect ratio.

This system allows for seamless scaling between sizes without distortion or loss of content - an essential feature for graphic designers working with scalable vector graphics or typography layouts.

Despite its non-conformity to international standards, China's unique paper sizing system has stood the test of time. It continues to be widely used within China itself while also gaining recognition globally due to its inherent flexibility and adaptability.

China's distinctive approach to paper sizing offers valuable insights into its cultural heritage while providing practical solutions for modern design challenges.

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Interesting facts about China

1: Invention of Paper in China

Paper was invented in ancient China during the Han Dynasty (202 BCE – 220 CE) by a court official named Cai Lun. He developed a method of making paper using mulberry bark, old fishing nets, and hemp waste.

2: Oldest Surviving Paper in China

The oldest surviving piece of paper in China dates back to around 8 BC. It was discovered in the ruins of a Western Han Dynasty tomb and is made from hemp fiber.

3: Chinese Papermaking Techniques Spread

The art of papermaking spread from China to other parts of Asia, including Korea and Japan, during the 6th century. It later reached Europe through the Islamic world during the 8th century.

4: Xuan Paper - Traditional Chinese Rice Paper

Xuan paper, also known as rice paper or Shuen paper, is a traditional type of Chinese paper made from the bark of the sandalwood tree or bamboo fibers. It is highly valued for calligraphy and painting due to its smooth texture and ability to absorb ink without smudging.

5: Joss Paper - Spirit Money

Joss paper, also called spirit money or ghost money, is a type of special-purpose paper used in traditional Chinese ancestor worship ceremonies. The belief is that burning joss paper sends money and material goods to deceased relatives in the afterlife.

6: Bamboo Paper - Eco-friendly Alternative

Bamboo has been used as an alternative source for making eco-friendly papers in China. Bamboo grows rapidly and can be harvested without killing the plant, making it a sustainable choice for paper production.

7: Paper Umbrellas - Chinese Invention

The Chinese were the first to invent and use paper umbrellas. These umbrellas were made by waterproofing paper with wax or lacquer, providing protection from both rain and sun.

8: Toilet Paper Innovation

The use of toilet paper was first recorded in China during the 6th century. The early versions of toilet paper were made from soft materials like rice straw, hemp, or bamboo pulp.

9: Paper Folding Art - Origami

The art of origami, the Japanese word for "paper folding," has its roots in ancient China. It is believed that Buddhist monks brought paper folding techniques to Japan during the 6th century.

10: World's Largest Producer of Paper

China is currently the world's largest producer and consumer of paper products. Its booming economy and population contribute to a high demand for various types of papers, including packaging materials, printing papers, and tissue products.