Cost of living in Shanghai, China

Lunchtime menu in the business district 元55
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元30
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元17
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元20
12 eggs, large 元20
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元10
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元76
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5.03
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元136
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元17
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元13,254
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元449
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元127
40” flat screen TV 元2,916
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt 元881
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元54
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元28
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元699
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) 元336
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) 元797
1 pair of leather business shoes 元821
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元178,189
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元8
Monthly ticket public transport 元215
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13
Tube of toothpaste 元17
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元149
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元235
2 tickets to the movies 元158
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元1,137
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert 元407
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元81
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元33
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元32
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376
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元16
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 4,397 prices entered by 480 different people.
Latest price update: April 19, 2015.

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