Cost of living in Beijing, China

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元55
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元32
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元18
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元15
12 eggs, large 元17
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元7
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元52
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元13
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元7
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元5.00
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元105
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元6
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元13
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元12,041
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元7,751
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元380
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元7,559
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元5,586
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元317
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 元166
40” flat screen TV 元1,724
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元685
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元35
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元35
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元472
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元284
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元621
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元681
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元140,399
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元6
Monthly ticket public transport 元218
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 元36
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 元34
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元46
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元330
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元39
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元33
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元35
4 rolls of toilet paper 元11
Tube of toothpaste 元11
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元81
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元205
2 tickets to the movies 元134
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元1,579
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元568
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元64
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元34
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元31
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 元3,356
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.61
1 month of gym membership in business district 元939
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元17
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 618 prices entered by 124 different people.
Latest price update: July 17, 2018.

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