Cost of living in Beijing, China

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Food
Lunchtime menu in the business district 元42
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15
12 eggs, large 元16
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元9
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元58
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元12
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes 元9
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元4.42
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元94
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元10
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元14,005
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元279
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元129
40” flat screen TV 元3,285
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt 元750
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元67
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元24
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元525
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) 元247
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) 元576
1 pair of leather business shoes 元576
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元160,312
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元8
Monthly ticket public transport 元106
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40
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元51
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元41
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元37
4 rolls of toilet paper 元13
Tube of toothpaste 元14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元94
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元139
2 tickets to the movies 元146
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元722
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert 元281
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元57
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元29
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元14
iPod nano 16GB 元1,229
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.55
1 month of gym membership in business district 元357
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元20
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,026 prices entered by 358 different people.
Latest price update: April 19, 2015.

Beijing position in our World Ranking

the world
107th
out of 197
asia
6th
out of 20

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