Cost of living in Beijing, China

Summary of cost of living in Beijing

Family of four estimated monthly costs: 22,446元
Single person estimated monthly costs: 13,773元
Cost of living in Beijing is more expensive than in 75% of cities in Asia (7 out of 24)
Cost of living in Beijing is cheaper than in 62% of cities in the World (186 out of 301)

List of prices in Beijing, China. Current as of Dec 2019.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 53元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 32元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 12元
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 12元
12 eggs, large 15元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.88元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 51元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 14元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.85元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 4.67元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 91元
2 liters of Coca-Cola 8元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 14元
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 13,203元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 7,703元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 375元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 9,346元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 5,757元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 268元
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 91元
40” flat screen TV 2,179元
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 579元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 34元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 39元
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 534元
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 265元
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 558元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 685元
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 137,142元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 8元
Monthly ticket public transport 178元
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 36元
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 34元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 58元
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 328元
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 39元
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 35元
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 36元
4 rolls of toilet paper 8元
Tube of toothpaste 11元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 82元
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 191元
2 tickets to the movies 115元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,203元
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 482元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 71元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 36元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 26元
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 3,287元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.85元
1 month of gym membership in business district 430元
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 22元
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 574 prices entered by 74 different people.
Latest price update: December 14, 2019

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