The 14 Craziest Foods In The Chinese CPI

For all the difficulty of measuring inflation, most countries use something similar to our CPI to do it.Obviously, though, the components are totally different, and so they provide a nice insight into what people are buying and eating all around the world.

The food component of the Chinese CPI should be particularly amusing to most Westerners, who would think that carp is a key food item, and they certainly wouldn’t think to differentiate two kinds of carp. (Americans use much more boring items like breakfast cereal, milk, coffee, and chicken).

Courtesy of the Chinese Government’s excellent and transparent economic statistics page, we present our 14 favourite items and what they cost.

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title=”Hairtails”
content=”Chinese Price: ¥7.59 per pound

U.S. conversion: $1.12 per pound”
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title=”Pork belly meat”
content=”Chinese Price: ¥8.43 per pound

U.S. conversion: $1.25 per pound”
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title=”Frozen fresh duck”
content=”Chinese Price: ¥6.44 per pound

U.S. conversion: $0.95 per pound”
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permalink=”japonica-rice-4″
title=”Japonica Rice”
content=”Chinese Price: ¥1.80 per pound

U.S. conversion: $0.27 per pound”
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permalink=”live-grass-carps-5″
title=”Live Grass Carps”
content=”Chinese Price: ¥5.85 per pound

U.S. conversion: $0.86 per pound”
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[slide
permalink=”bean-curd-6″
title=”Bean Curd”
content=”Chinese Price: ¥1.52 per pound

U.S. conversion: $0.22 per pound”
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permalink=”live-carps-7″
title=”Live Carps”
content=”Chinese Price: ¥4.87 per pound

U.S. conversion: $0.72 per pound”
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permalink=”pork-rump-8″
title=”Pork Rump”
content=”Chinese Price: ¥8.89 per pound

U.S. conversion: $1.32 per pound”
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4b05d73a0000000000ee2d0c/image.jpg”
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permalink=”rapes-9″
title=”Rapes”
content=”Chinese Price: ¥1.41 per pound

U.S. conversion: $0.21 per pound

Photo: Flickr user
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[slide
permalink=”mutton-leg-10″
title=”Mutton Leg”
content=”Chinese Price: ¥15 per pound

U.S. conversion: $2.22 per pound”
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4b05d5d5000000000047a14b/image.jpg”
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[slide
permalink=”chinese-cabbage-11″
title=”Chinese cabbage”
content=”Chinese Price: ¥0.77 per pound

U.S. conversion: $0.11 per pound”
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4b05d24600000000001358a5/image.jpg”
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[slide
permalink=”fuji-apple-12″
title=”Fuji Apple”
content=”Chinese Price: ¥3.3 per pound

U.S. conversion: $0.49 per pound”
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4b05d239000000000019b2f2/image.jpg”
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permalink=”tetra-pak-milk-13″
title=”Tetra Pak Milk”
content=”Chinese Price: ¥0.52 per bag (approx. 1 lb)

U.S. conversion: $3.56 per bag (approx. 1 lb)”
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permalink=”bagged-pasteurized-milk-14″
title=”Bagged Pasteurized Milk”
content=”Chinese Price: ¥1.63 per bag (approx. 1/2 lb)

U.S. conversion: $0.24 per bag (approx. 1/2 lb.)”
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permalink=”dont-miss-15″
title=”Don’t miss”
content=”All that food looks awesome to us. Let’s hope the dominoes of the Chinese economy don’t topple >>
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