Cost of living in Beijing, China

Summary of cost of living in Beijing

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 21,611元
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 13,058元

List of prices in Beijing
Current as of Oct 2021.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 56元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 38元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 13元
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 12元
12 eggs, large 14元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 7元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 59元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 14元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.69元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 5.37元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 96元
2 liters of coca-cola 9元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 11元
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 12,103元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 7,549元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 314元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 8,469元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 5,322元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 257元
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 80元
40” flat screen tv 2,308元
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 511元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 33元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 45元
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 525元
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 242元
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 606元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 764元
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 125,500元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7元
Monthly ticket public transport 177元
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 38元
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 32元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 50元
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 281元
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 37元
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 35元
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 32元
4 rolls of toilet paper 8元
Tube of toothpaste 12元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 106元
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 214元
2 tickets to the movies 106元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,223元
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 449元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 73元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 38元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 30元
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,483元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.78元
1 month of gym membership in business district 459元
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 21元
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 195 prices entered by 28 different people.
Latest price update: October 24, 2021

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