Cost of living in Beijing, China

List of prices in Beijing, China. Current as of Jan 2019.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 51元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 30元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 13元
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 14元
12 eggs, large 18元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 6元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 49元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 12元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 7元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 6元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 107元
2 liters of Coca-Cola 7元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 13元
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 12,265元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 6,831元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 393元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 11,599元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 5,023元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 357元
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 126元
40” flat screen TV 1,815元
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 660元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 34元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 35元
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 534元
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 268元
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 595元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 588元
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 145,139元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 8元
Monthly ticket public transport 187元
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 36元
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 40元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 48元
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 256元
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 37元
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 33元
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 37元
4 rolls of toilet paper 9元
Tube of toothpaste 11元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 77元
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 197元
2 tickets to the movies 112元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,629元
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 594元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 63元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 34元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 29元
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 3,418元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.04元
1 month of gym membership in business district 768元
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 17元
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 604 prices entered by 117 different people.
Latest price update: January 15, 2019.

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