Cost of living in Changde, China

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 20元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 22元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast -
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 15元
12 eggs, large 32元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes -
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese -
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 16元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes -
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 10元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 70元
2 liters of Coca-Cola 14元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 10元
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area -
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area -
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat -
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area -
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area -
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio -
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 90元
40” flat screen TV 3,000元
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 500元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 40元
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 300元
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) -
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 400元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 300元
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas -
Monthly ticket public transport -
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 30元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) -
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) -
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 40元
4 rolls of toilet paper 7元
Tube of toothpaste 10元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 50元
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 120元
2 tickets to the movies 120元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 300元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 40元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 10元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 20元
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district 120元
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes -
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on less than 10 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: April 13, 2014.

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