Cost of living in Shanghai, China

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Latest price update: January 26, 2015.
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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28
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元29
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元20
12 eggs, large 元19
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元18
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元90
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元21
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes 元20
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元5.15
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元181
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12,305
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元548
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元145
40” flat screen TV 元5,336
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt 元1,104
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元50
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元37
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元730
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) 元341
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) 元703
1 pair of leather business shoes 元1,021
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元207,273
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元11
Monthly ticket public transport 元200
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) 元45
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) 元26
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元63
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元34
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元38
4 rolls of toilet paper 元14
Tube of toothpaste 元15
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元148
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元223
2 tickets to the movies 元151
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元1,223
Dinner out for two in Italian restaurant with wine and dessert 元694
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元77
Capuccino in expat area of the city 元34
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元52
iPod nano 16GB 元1,224
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元1.57
1 month of gym membership in business district 元906
1 package of Marlboro cigarretes 元26

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