Cost of living in Beijing, China

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元59
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元34
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元21
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元15
12 eggs, large 元20
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元9
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元50
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5.50
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元127
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元13
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元13,164
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元8,832
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元471
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元7,464
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元5,275
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元290
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 元86
40” flat screen TV 元1,957
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元592
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元36
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元45
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元484
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元282
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元633
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元738
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元149,576
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元6
Monthly ticket public transport 元217
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 元35
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 元32
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元42
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元253
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9
Tube of toothpaste 元11
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元89
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元222
2 tickets to the movies 元133
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元1,020
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元554
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元68
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元38
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元30
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 元3,304
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.49
1 month of gym membership in business district 元868
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元18
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 830 prices entered by 119 different people.
Latest price update: March 20, 2018.

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