Cost of living in Beijing, China

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元56
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元32
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元21
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元13
12 eggs, large 元18
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元9
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元50
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元11
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元6
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元5.42
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元111
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元12
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元12,060
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元8,836
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元593
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元7,205
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元4,996
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元261
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 元108
40” flat screen TV 元2,110
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元625
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元43
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元46
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元486
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元286
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元652
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元792
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元149,579
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元6
Monthly ticket public transport 元171
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 元33
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 元46
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元42
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元417
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元42
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元33
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元31
4 rolls of toilet paper 元12
Tube of toothpaste 元11
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元82
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元215
2 tickets to the movies 元146
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元1,078
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元502
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元62
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元39
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元32
iPad Air 2, 64GB 元3,564
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.48
1 month of gym membership in business district 元866
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元19
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 818 prices entered by 114 different people.
Latest price update: October 16, 2017.

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