Cost of living in Beijing, China

These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,894 prices entered by 338 different people.
Latest price update: January 31, 2015.
Daily menu in the business district 元60
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元25
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元14
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元13
12 eggs, large 元17
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元10
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元63
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元10
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes 元8
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元4.48
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元109
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元12
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元10,192
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元275
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元139
40” flat screen TV 元3,309
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt 元718
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元67
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元23
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元564
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) 元313
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) 元702
1 pair of leather business shoes 元698
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102
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
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元140
2 tickets to the movies 元148
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元722
Dinner out for two in Italian restaurant with wine and dessert 元382
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23
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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