**Result:**
¥100
in 1987 →
¥474.15
in 2021

¥100 in 1987 is equivalent in purchasing power to about ¥474.15 today, an increase of ¥374.15 over 34 years. The renminbi had an average inflation rate of 4.68% per year between 1987 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 374.15%.

This means that today's prices are 4.74 times higher than average prices since 1987, according to the World Bank consumer price index for China. A renminbi today only buys 21.09% of what it could buy back then.

The 1987 inflation rate was 7.23%. The current year-over-year inflation rate (2020 to 2021) is now 2.90%^{1}.
If this number holds, ¥100 today will be equivalent in buying power to ¥102.90 next year.

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Cumulative price change | 374.15% |

Average inflation rate | 4.68% |

Converted amount (¥100 base) | ¥474.15 |

Price difference (¥100 base) | ¥374.15 |

CPI in 1987 | 27.933 |

CPI in 2021 | 132.441 |

Inflation in 1987 | 7.23% |

Inflation in 2021 | 2.90% |

¥100 in 1987 | ¥474.15 in 2021 |

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for ¥100 in 1987 (price index tracking began in 1986).

For example, if you started with ¥100, you would need to end with ¥474.15 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When ¥100 is equivalent to ¥474.15 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single Chinese renminbi decreases over time. In other words, a renminbi will pay for fewer items at the store.

This effect explains how inflation erodes the value of a renminbi over time. By calculating the value in 1987 dollars, the chart below shows how ¥100 is worth less over 34 years.

According to the World Bank, each of these CNY amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

This conversion table shows various other 1987 amounts in today's renminbi, based on the 374.15% change in prices:

Initial value | Equivalent value |
---|---|

¥1 renminbi in 1987 | ¥4.74 renminbi today |

¥5 renminbi in 1987 | ¥23.71 renminbi today |

¥10 renminbi in 1987 | ¥47.41 renminbi today |

¥50 renminbi in 1987 | ¥237.07 renminbi today |

¥100 renminbi in 1987 | ¥474.15 renminbi today |

¥500 renminbi in 1987 | ¥2,370.73 renminbi today |

¥1,000 renminbi in 1987 | ¥4,741.45 renminbi today |

¥5,000 renminbi in 1987 | ¥23,707.27 renminbi today |

¥10,000 renminbi in 1987 | ¥47,414.54 renminbi today |

¥50,000 renminbi in 1987 | ¥237,072.71 renminbi today |

¥100,000 renminbi in 1987 | ¥474,145.41 renminbi today |

¥500,000 renminbi in 1987 | ¥2,370,727.06 renminbi today |

¥1,000,000 renminbi in 1987 | ¥4,741,454.12 renminbi today |

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1987 and today:

CPI today
CPI in 1987

×

1987 CNY value

=

Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Chinese CPI was 27.9326137384 in the year 1987 and 132.44120649375952 in 2021:

132.4412064937595227.9326137384

×

¥100

=

¥100 in 1987 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as ¥474.15 in 2021.

To get the total inflation rate for the 34 years between 1987 and 2021, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2021 - CPI in 1987CPI in 1987

×

100

=

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

132.44120649375952 - 27.932613738427.9326137384

×

100

=

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

- New Zealand becomes the only nation to legislate against nuclear power, when their Labour government legislates against nuclear weapons and nuclear powered vessels.
- Margaret Thatcher becomes the first British PM in 160 years to win a third consecutive term in office.
- The Dow Jones stock index falls by 508.32 points, the event is later known as Black Monday.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “China Inflation Calculator: World Bank data, 1987-2021 (CNY).” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 27 Jan. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/china/inflation.

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Cumulative price change | 374.15% |

Average inflation rate | 4.68% |

Converted amount (¥100 base) | ¥474.15 |

Price difference (¥100 base) | ¥374.15 |

CPI in 1987 | 27.933 |

CPI in 2021 | 132.441 |

Inflation in 1987 | 7.23% |

Inflation in 2021 | 2.90% |

¥100 in 1987 | ¥474.15 in 2021 |