Cost of living in Beijing, China

Currency:
Food
Lunchtime menu in the business district 元49
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8
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4.51
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10
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元13,672
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元270
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元126
40” flat screen TV 元2,909
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt 元619
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元36
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元26
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元492
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) 元243
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) 元596
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159,245
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34
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41
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元36
4 rolls of toilet paper 元11
Tube of toothpaste 元14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元61
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元121
2 tickets to the movies 元132
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元722
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert 元299
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元61
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元29
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元15
iPod nano 16GB 元1,008
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.50
1 month of gym membership in business district 元370
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元19
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,275 prices entered by 385 different people.
Latest price update: August 02, 2015.

Beijing position in our World Ranking

the world
109th
out of 197
asia
6th
out of 17

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

the world
3rd
the world
5th
asia
1st
asia
1st
asia
2nd
asia
2nd

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