Cost of living in Beijing, China

These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,706 prices entered by 312 different people.
Latest price update: September 01, 2014.
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Food
Daily menu in the business district 元70
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元26
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元13
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元12
12 eggs, large 元13
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元9
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元44
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元12
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes 元14
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元4.46
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元108
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元12
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元12,655
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元380
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元133
40” flat screen TV 元4,236
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt 元800
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元66
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元28
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元614
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) 元396
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) 元744
1 pair of leather business shoes 元665
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104
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) 元35
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) 元29
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元44
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元40
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元33
4 rolls of toilet paper 元13
Tube of toothpaste 元15
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元98
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元146
2 tickets to the movies 元156
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元956
Dinner out for two in Italian restaurant with wine and dessert 元429
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元56
Capuccino in expat area of the city 元27
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元13
iPod nano 16GB 元1,229
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.43
1 month of gym membership in business district 元374
1 package of Marlboro cigarretes 元18

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