Cost of living in Beijing, China

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元50
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元30
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元15
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52
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元12
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元5.24
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元5.22
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元105
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元15
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元13,322
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元8,187
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元308
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元6,756
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元4,289
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元167
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元123
40” flat screen TV 元2,093
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元651
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元39
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元29
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元458
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元263
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元631
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元693
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元144,504
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元6
Monthly ticket public transport 元171
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 元35
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 元40
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元28
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元679
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元50
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12
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元77
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元167
2 tickets to the movies 元148
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元1,108
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元242
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13
iPod nano 16GB 元1,555
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.50
1 month of gym membership in business district 元493
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元20
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 972 prices entered by 108 different people.
Latest price update: August 28, 2016.

Beijing position in our World Ranking

the world
166th
out of 263
asia
8th
out of 26
china
3rd
out of 4

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