Cost of living in Shanghai, China

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Food
Lunchtime menu in the business district 元65
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元31
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元18
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元19
12 eggs, large 元21
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元10
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元74
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元18
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes 元13
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元5.65
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元144
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元16
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元12,839
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元453
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元121
40” flat screen TV 元3,469
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt 元915
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元63
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元33
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元714
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) 元314
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) 元807
1 pair of leather business shoes 元1,011
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元183,460
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元8
Monthly ticket public transport 元208
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) 元43
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) 元26
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元61
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元42
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元33
4 rolls of toilet paper 元12
Tube of toothpaste 元17
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元147
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元243
2 tickets to the movies 元171
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元1,137
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert 元446
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元80
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元34
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元33
iPod nano 16GB 元943
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.20
1 month of gym membership in business district 元377
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元16
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 4,610 prices entered by 500 different people.
Latest price update: May 29, 2015.

Shanghai position in our World Ranking

the world
82nd
out of 194
asia
5th
out of 20

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

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

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