Cost of living in Beijing, China

Currency:
Food
Lunchtime menu in the business district 元46
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16
12 eggs, large 元17
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元9
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元59
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元11
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes 元9
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元4.23
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元87
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14,610
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元274
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元120
40” flat screen TV 元3,324
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt 元750
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元61
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元23
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元514
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) 元270
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) 元576
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160,450
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元8
Monthly ticket public transport 元106
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40
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37
4 rolls of toilet paper 元12
Tube of toothpaste 元15
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元93
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元127
2 tickets to the movies 元139
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元722
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert 元285
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元57
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元30
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0.52
1 month of gym membership in business district 元363
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元19
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,101 prices entered by 369 different people.
Latest price update: May 25, 2015.

Beijing position in our World Ranking

the world
99th
out of 189
asia
6th
out of 20

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

the world
3rd
the world
4th
asia
1st
asia
2nd
asia
2nd
asia
3rd

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