Cost of living in China

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元53
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元33
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元15
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62
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5.68
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元113
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元13
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元9,961
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元4,816
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元445
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元5,460
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元3,552
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元317
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 元84
40” flat screen TV 元2,420
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元670
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元40
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元39
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元528
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621
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元680
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元142,889
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元7
Monthly ticket public transport 元146
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263
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元30
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元38
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元39
4 rolls of toilet paper 元9
Tube of toothpaste 元13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元60
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元165
2 tickets to the movies 元93
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元826
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元403
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元61
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元34
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元32
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 元3,320
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.65
1 month of gym membership in business district 元355
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元21

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 122
2nd Beijing 115
3rd Shenzhen 105
4th Guangzhou 94
5th Hangzhou 94
6th Nanjing 84
7th Chengdu 77
8th Lianyungang 75
9th Qingdao 75
10th Fushun 74
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

  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Shanghai costs 元280,000 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Shanghai costs 元7,000 (4 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Shanghai costs 元10,000 (4 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Shanghai costs 元10,000 (4 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Shanghai costs 元15,000 (4 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Beijing costs 元98 (6 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Xiamen costs 元35 (8 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Xiamen costs 元70 (8 days ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Xiamen costs 元150 (8 days ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Xiamen costs 元10 (8 days ago)