Cost of living in Beijing, China

These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,630 prices entered by 308 different people.
Latest price update: July 27, 2014.
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Food
Daily menu in the business district 元71
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13
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元10
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元55
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元13
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes 元13
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元4.86
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元113
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元13
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元12,819
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元416
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元134
40” flat screen TV 元4,509
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt 元891
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元69
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元26
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元740
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) 元381
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) 元746
1 pair of leather business shoes 元691
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元167,440
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元8
Monthly ticket public transport 元113
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43
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元42
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元34
4 rolls of toilet paper 元12
Tube of toothpaste 元14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元107
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元151
2 tickets to the movies 元166
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元984
Dinner out for two in Italian restaurant with wine and dessert 元452
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元58
Capuccino in expat area of the city 元29
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元15
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374
1 package of Marlboro cigarretes 元18

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