Cost of living in Beijing, China

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元71
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元29
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元13
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元15
12 eggs, large 元18
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元7
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元93
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元12
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元4.19
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元4.59
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元85
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元12
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元11,456
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元6,900
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元310
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元7,599
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元4,372
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元225
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元124
40” flat screen TV 元2,926
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元582
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元42
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元28
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元473
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元245
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元614
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元735
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元151,762
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元6
Monthly ticket public transport 元160
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 元43
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 元52
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元33
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元853
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元46
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元43
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元37
4 rolls of toilet paper 元11
Tube of toothpaste 元14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元76
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元134
2 tickets to the movies 元123
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元712
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元460
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元62
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元32
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元19
iPod nano 16GB 元1,133
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.56
1 month of gym membership in business district 元444
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元18
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,621 prices entered by 434 different people.
Latest price update: February 07, 2016.

Beijing position in our World Ranking

the world
140th
out of 239
asia
5th
out of 22

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

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3rd
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1st
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2nd
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2nd
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2nd
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2nd

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