Cost of living in Beijing, China

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元52
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元29
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元17
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元12
12 eggs, large 元14
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元10
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元58
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元11
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元4.71
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元5.24
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元120
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元13
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元12,760
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元8,389
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元519
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元7,519
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元4,768
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元196
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 元128
40” flat screen TV 元2,015
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元545
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元38
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元40
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元510
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元284
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元655
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元572
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元149,271
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元6
Monthly ticket public transport 元146
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 元36
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 元39
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元29
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元677
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元49
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元35
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元32
4 rolls of toilet paper 元11
Tube of toothpaste 元13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元111
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元158
2 tickets to the movies 元150
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元1,025
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元270
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元68
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元37
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元23
iPod nano 16GB 元1,279
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.52
1 month of gym membership in business district 元578
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元20
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 825 prices entered by 102 different people.
Latest price update: April 30, 2017.

Beijing position in our World Ranking

the world
147th
out of 218
asia
6th
out of 22

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

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3rd
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4th
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1st
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1st
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