Cost of living in Beijing, China

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元68
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元29
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元16
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元13
12 eggs, large 元17
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元12
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元59
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元11
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元3.53
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元5.04
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元92
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元11
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元11,319
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元7,121
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元291
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元6,842
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元4,310
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元209
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元112
40” flat screen TV 元2,375
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元483
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元28
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元29
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元526
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718
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元722
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元151,645
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元6
Monthly ticket public transport 元173
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 元34
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 元40
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元29
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元753
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元46
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元38
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元31
4 rolls of toilet paper 元9
Tube of toothpaste 元13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元95
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元151
2 tickets to the movies 元116
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元1,224
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元370
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元64
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元32
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元29
iPod nano 16GB 元1,241
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.47
1 month of gym membership in business district 元981
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元18
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 930 prices entered by 108 different people.
Latest price update: May 31, 2016.

Beijing position in our World Ranking

the world
159th
out of 268
asia
6th
out of 24

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

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