Cost of living in China

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元54
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16
12 eggs, large 元16
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元8
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元61
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元14
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元7
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元5.51
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元110
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10,105
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元4,975
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元459
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元5,475
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元3,621
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元329
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 元90
40” flat screen TV 元2,367
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元657
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元38
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元36
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元545
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元256
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元619
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元612
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元143,352
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元7
Monthly ticket public transport 元153
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 元25
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元39
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元238
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元31
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元43
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元37
4 rolls of toilet paper 元9
Tube of toothpaste 元12
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元60
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元173
2 tickets to the movies 元95
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元818
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元406
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元63
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元34
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元34
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 元3,318
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.65
1 month of gym membership in business district 元425
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 126
2nd Beijing 121
3rd Shenzhen 110
4th Hangzhou 100
5th Guangzhou 99
6th Nanjing 89
7th Chengdu 80
8th Lianyungang 80
9th Qingdao 79
10th Fushun 76
11th 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?

Find out what is the real equivalent in China of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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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

  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Yantai costs 元900 (about 8 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Shanghai costs 元100 (about 9 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Shanghai costs 元14 (about 11 hours ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Wuhan costs 元2,999 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Shanghai costs 元180 (5 days ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Shanghai costs 元16 (5 days ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Shanghai costs 元90 (5 days ago)
  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 45 m2 in Shanghai costs 元300 (5 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Shanghai costs 元8,500 (5 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Shanghai costs 元14,000 (5 days ago)