Cost of living in China

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元51
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元33
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元16
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元15
12 eggs, large 元16
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元8
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元72
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元14
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元8
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元5.28
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元106
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元12
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元10,452
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元5,993
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元413
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元5,032
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元3,806
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元259
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 元103
40” flat screen TV 元2,545
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元652
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元47
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元35
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元520
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元279
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元662
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元779
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元146,971
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元7
Monthly ticket public transport 元154
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 元26
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元40
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元305
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元38
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元40
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元37
4 rolls of toilet paper 元10
Tube of toothpaste 元12
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元68
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元178
2 tickets to the movies 元103
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元601
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元423
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元67
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元35
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元33
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 元3,361
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.41
1 month of gym membership in business district 元423
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元20

Map of Cost of Living in China

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This map shows only the top cities in China. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in China

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Shanghai 127
2nd Beijing 120
3rd Shenzhen 111
4th Guangzhou 96
5th Chengdu 83
6th Lianyungang 78
7th Qingdao 78
8th Fushun 75
9th Dezhou 66

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Are you moving to China? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

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List of all cities available in China

Aksu Anqing Anshan
Anshun Anyang Aral
Baicheng Baoding Baotou
Beihai Beijing Bengbu
Benxi Cangzhou Changchun
Changde Changsha Changzhi
Changzhou Chaoyang Chaozhou
Chengde Chengdu Chifeng
Chongqing Chuzhou Dalian
Dandong Datong Dezhou
Dongguan Dongying Emeishan
Foshan Fushun Fuxin
Fuzhou Guangyuan Guangzhou
Guilin Guiyang Guli
Haikou Hailar Handan
Hangzhou Harbin Hefei
Hegang Hengshui Hengyang
Heze Hohhot Huaibei
Huainan Huaiyin Huangshi
Huizhou Ji'an Jiamusi
Jiangmen Jiaojiang Jiaozuo
Jiaxing Jieyang Jilin City
Jinan Jincheng Jingdezhen
Jinghong Jingling Jining
Jining Jinxi Jinzhou
Jiujiang Jixi Kaifeng
Kashgar Kunming Langfang
Lanzhou Laohekou Lianyungang
Liaocheng Liaoyang Liaoyuan
Lijiang City Linfen Linxia
Linyi Luancheng Luohe
Luoyang Luqiaozhen Mentougou
Mianyang Mudanjiang Nanchang
Nanchong Nanjing Nanning
Nantong Nanyang Neijiang
Ningbo Panshan Panzhihua
Pingdingshan Pingxiang Putian
Puyang Qingdao Qinhuangdao
Qiqihar Qitaihe Ranghulu
Rizhao Sanming Shanghai
Shantou Shaoguan Shaoxing
Shashi Shenyang Shenzhen
Shihezi Shijiazhuang Shiyan
Shuangyashan Siping Suihua
Suizhou Suzhou Suzhou
Tai'an Taiyuan Taizhou
Tanggu Tangshan Tianjin
Tieling Tongchuan Tongliao
Tongling Turfan Wafangdian
Weifang Wenzhou Wuhai
Wuhan Wuhu Wuxi
Wuxue Wuzhou Xiamen
Xian Xiangfan Xiangtan
Xiantao Xianyang Xingtai
Xining Xintai Xinxiang
Xinyang Xuchang Xuri
Xuzhou Yancheng Yangjiang
Yangquan Yangzhou Yanji
Yantai Yibin Yichang
Yinchuan Yingcheng Yingkou
Yiyang Yongzhou Yuncheng
Yunfu Zhangjiakou Zhangzhou
Zhanjiang Zhaoqing Zhengzhou
Zhenjiang Zhoukou Zhuhai
Zhumadian Zhuzhou Zibo
Zigong Zunyi Ürümqi

Recent Prices Added

  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Shanghai costs 元3,488 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Shenzhen costs 元350 (2 days ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Shenzhen costs 元1.00 (2 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Shenzhen costs 元40 (2 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Shenzhen costs 元30 (2 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Shenzhen costs 元40 (2 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Shenzhen costs 元350 (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Shenzhen costs 元100 (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Shenzhen costs 元80 (2 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Shenzhen costs 元250 (2 days ago)