Cost of living in Beijing, China

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 55元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 32元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 17元
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 15元
12 eggs, large 18元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 6元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 44元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 13元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 8元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 5.80元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 106元
2 liters of Coca-Cola 7元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 14元
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 13,212元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 7,234元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 390元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 9,870元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 5,530元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 329元
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 128元
40” flat screen TV 1,729元
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 604元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 36元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 37元
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 492元
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 311元
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 605元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 623元
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 136,956元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7元
Monthly ticket public transport 159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) 35元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 46元
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 316元
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 42元
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 33元
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 36元
4 rolls of toilet paper 9元
Tube of toothpaste 10元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 81元
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 196元
2 tickets to the movies 116元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,394元
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 601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.) 31元
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 3,280元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.95元
1 month of gym membership in business district 819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 533 prices entered by 119 different people.
Latest price update: November 15, 2018.

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