Cost of living in Beijing, China

These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,530 prices entered by 290 different people.
Latest price update: April 24, 2014.
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Food
Daily menu in the business district 元69
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元27
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元15
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元13
12 eggs, large 元13
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元8
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元47
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元13
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes 元13
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元5.09
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元121
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元14
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元12,855
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元423
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元133
40” flat screen TV 元4,236
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt 元882
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元70
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元25
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元740
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) 元382
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) 元783
1 pair of leather business shoes 元691
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元167,440
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元8
Monthly ticket public transport 元110
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) 元39
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) 元27
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元39
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元40
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元35
4 rolls of toilet paper 元13
Tube of toothpaste 元15
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元143
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元147
2 tickets to the movies 元164
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元975
Dinner out for two in Italian restaurant with wine and dessert 元415
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元60
Capuccino in expat area of the city 元29
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元15
iPod nano 16GB 元1,229
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.38
1 month of gym membership in business district 元367
1 package of Marlboro cigarretes 元18

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