Cost of living in Beijing, China

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元44
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元30
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元17
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55
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元12
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元5.01
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元5.40
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元110
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元13
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元13,010
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元8,162
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元314
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元6,922
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元4,268
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元163
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 元122
40” flat screen TV 元2,016
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元643
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元37
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元29
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元506
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元270
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元630
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元695
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元145,912
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元6
Monthly ticket public transport 元155
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67
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元82
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元678
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元48
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元36
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元32
4 rolls of toilet paper 元11
Tube of toothpaste 元11
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元98
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元142
2 tickets to the movies 元147
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元1,046
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元241
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元65
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元32
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元14
iPod nano 16GB 元1,496
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.50
1 month of gym membership in business district 元511
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元20
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 918 prices entered by 109 different people.
Latest price update: January 17, 2017.

Beijing position in our World Ranking

the world
153rd
out of 224
asia
7th
out of 23

Cheapest and most expensive products in Beijing compared to other cities:

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3rd
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3rd
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1st
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