Cost of living in Beijing, China

Currency:
Food
Lunchtime menu in the business district 元57
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元27
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元13
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元18
12 eggs, large 元17
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元7
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元53
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元11
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes 元7
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元4.87
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元81
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元11
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元12,382
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元268
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元124
40” flat screen TV 元2,909
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt 元619
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元34
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元26
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元497
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) 元239
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) 元577
1 pair of leather business shoes 元586
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元157,103
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元7
Monthly ticket public transport 元117
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) 元41
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) 元39
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元51
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元50
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元38
4 rolls of toilet paper 元20
Tube of toothpaste 元14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元97
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元115
2 tickets to the movies 元125
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元722
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert 元294
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元77
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元30
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元19
iPod nano 16GB 元1,100
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.54
1 month of gym membership in business district 元382
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元19
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,342 prices entered by 394 different people.
Latest price update: August 29, 2015.

Beijing position in our World Ranking

the world
114th
out of 193
asia
6th
out of 17

Cheapest and most expensive products in Beijing compared to other cities:

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1st
the world
4th
the world
5th
asia
1st
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1st
asia
1st

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