Cost of living in Beijing, China

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元70
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元29
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元16
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元14
12 eggs, large 元19
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元9
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元60
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元11
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元3.66
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元4.57
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元99
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元12
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元11,065
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元6,827
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元275
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元6,867
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元4,225
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元183
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元110
40” flat screen TV 元2,606
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元519
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元32
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元30
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元538
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元268
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元683
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元732
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元153,416
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元6
Monthly ticket public transport 元165
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51
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元72
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元773
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元46
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元39
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元34
4 rolls of toilet paper 元10
Tube of toothpaste 元14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元100
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元154
2 tickets to the movies 元116
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元1,150
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元383
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元66
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元32
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元24
iPod nano 16GB 元1,133
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.56
1 month of gym membership in business district 元643
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元18
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 864 prices entered by 103 different people.
Latest price update: May 02, 2016.

Beijing position in our World Ranking

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6th
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