Cost of living in Beijing, China

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Food
Lunchtime menu in the business district 元40
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90
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13,778
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元278
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元127
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528
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) 元250
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) 元577
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37
4 rolls of toilet paper 元12
Tube of toothpaste 元15
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149
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元722
Dinner out for two in Italian restaurant with wine and dessert 元269
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元57
Capuccino in expat area of the city 元28
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0.51
1 month of gym membership in business district 元337
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元20
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,982 prices entered by 348 different people.
Latest price update: March 30, 2015.

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