Cost of living in Chengdu, China

Summary of cost of living in Chengdu

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 14,855元
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 6,555元
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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List of prices in Chengdu, China. Current as of Aug 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 25元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 30元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 16元
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 14元
12 eggs, large 14元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 9元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 51元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 14元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 7元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 5.94元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 144元
2 liters of coca-cola 9元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 10元
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 5,216元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,474元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 309元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,705元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,816元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 224元
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 107元
40” flat screen tv 2,363元
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 619元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 47元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 42元
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 517元
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 190元
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 613元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 618元
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 218,589元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7元
Monthly ticket public transport 113元
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 24元
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 25元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 24元
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 158元
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 20元
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 42元
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 39元
4 rolls of toilet paper 11元
Tube of toothpaste 10元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 54元
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 119元
2 tickets to the movies 79元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 275元
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 279元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 51元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 32元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 33元
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,173元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.46元
1 month of gym membership in business district 278元
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 20元
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 34 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: August 08, 2020

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