Cost of living in Beijing, China

These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,775 prices entered by 326 different people.
Latest price update: November 28, 2014.
Daily menu in the business district 元65
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15
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4.48
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元119
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元11
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元11,425
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元380
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元133
40” flat screen TV 元3,536
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt 元782
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元66
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元28
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元564
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) 元338
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) 元725
1 pair of leather business shoes 元665
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89
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33
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元44
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元42
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元35
4 rolls of toilet paper 元13
Tube of toothpaste 元15
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元98
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元135
2 tickets to the movies 元156
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元995
Dinner out for two in Italian restaurant with wine and dessert 元450
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元55
Capuccino in expat area of the city 元29
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374
1 package of Marlboro cigarretes 元18

Do you live in Beijing? We need your help!

What is the price of

Cold medicine (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex ...)

in Beijing?

International Cost of Living Index


Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly ticket public transport in London costs £100 (3 minutes ago)
  • Daily menu in the business district in João Pessoa costs R$ 40 (34 minutes ago)
  • Daily menu in the business district in São Carlos costs R$ 23 (about 1 hour ago)
  • Daily menu in the business district in Kolkata costs ₨120 (about 1 hour ago)
  • Daily menu in the business district in Mexico City costs Mex$ 70 (about 2 hours ago)
  • 1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas in Oakland, California costs $0.92 (about 2 hours ago)

What do you think about the cost of living in Beijing?