Cost of living in Beijing, China

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元53
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元31
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元19
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元12
12 eggs, large 元15
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元9
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元59
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元11
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元5.56
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元5.39
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元132
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13,982
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元8,982
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元402
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元7,243
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元4,402
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元213
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 元119
40” flat screen TV 元2,122
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元692
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元42
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元41
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元560
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元277
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元626
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元757
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元149,061
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元6
Monthly ticket public transport 元144
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 元33
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 元47
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元32
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元598
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元42
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14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元105
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元164
2 tickets to the movies 元155
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元1,010
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元358
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元65
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元38
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元25
iPod nano 16GB 元1,199
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.45
1 month of gym membership in business district 元496
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元21
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 911 prices entered by 101 different people.
Latest price update: June 24, 2017.

Beijing position in our World Ranking

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171st
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asia
6th
out of 25

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