Cost of living in Beijing, China

These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,843 prices entered by 331 different people.
Latest price update: December 18, 2014.
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Food
Daily menu in the business district 元64
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16
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元10
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元63
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元12
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes 元10
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元5.17
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元117
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元12
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元11,072
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元314
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元136
40” flat screen TV 元3,309
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt 元809
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元66
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元24
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元564
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) 元317
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) 元702
1 pair of leather business shoes 元698
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元166,964
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元8
Monthly ticket public transport 元94
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) 元34
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) 元32
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元51
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元44
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元35
4 rolls of toilet paper 元12
Tube of toothpaste 元15
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元97
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元137
2 tickets to the movies 元143
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元922
Dinner out for two in Italian restaurant with wine and dessert 元402
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元56
Capuccino in expat area of the city 元28
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元19
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490
1 package of Marlboro cigarretes 元18

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