Cost of living in Beijing, China

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元55
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元31
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元16
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元12
12 eggs, large 元15
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元10
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元53
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元12
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元5.12
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元5.58
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元106
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元14
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元12,933
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元8,061
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元325
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元6,861
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元4,391
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元176
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元120
40” flat screen TV 元2,361
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元621
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元30
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元29
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元475
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元257
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元636
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元728
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元140,245
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元6
Monthly ticket public transport 元168
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37
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元31
4 rolls of toilet paper 元11
Tube of toothpaste 元13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元102
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元153
2 tickets to the movies 元143
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元1,175
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元250
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元65
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元32
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元16
iPod nano 16GB 元1,413
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.52
1 month of gym membership in business district 元503
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元20
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 901 prices entered by 110 different people.
Latest price update: July 29, 2016.

Beijing position in our World Ranking

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163rd
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6th
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