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1 catty is equal to 16 taels

1 catty is equal to 16 taels








 
 
  “1 catty is equal to 16 taels” is a common consensus among Hong Kong people. In fact, this came from ancient steelyard, which has 16 stars as measuring marking on its surface. Each star means a tael, so 1 catty is equal to 16 taels. Steelyard is not only for weighing, it is also a tool for measuring human’s honesty!
In ancient times, it has been saying Mr. Luban used a leverage to invent the steelyard, there were only 13 taels on the steelyard. It has been told Mr. Luban the marking concept is from astronomy. 13 taels is equal to 1 catty; As the King Qin Shi Huang united China, he also standardized the measuring system and added 3 stars to the steelyard, which represent “fortune, prosperity and longevity”. From that time, 1 catty is equal to 16 taels. The three stars give guidelines to one who use the steelyard should be honest, fair and equitable.
If people try to cheat with the steelyard, he will loss his hidden merits. Underweighting of first tael will be cursed to loss his fortune. Underweighting 2 taels will be cursed to loss of income. Underweighting 3 taels will be cursed to loss of long-life. It implies that running businesses have to be honest and cannot act against their conscience and being egotistic. 
 
 

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