Cost of living in China

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元47
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15
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元8
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元71
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元13
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元8
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元5.34
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元108
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10,482
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元5,789
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元440
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元4,973
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元3,674
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元249
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 元101
40” flat screen TV 元2,367
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元671
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元45
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元35
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元518
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元289
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元660
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元714
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元154,282
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元6
Monthly ticket public transport 元155
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 元26
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元39
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元321
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元38
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元38
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元37
4 rolls of toilet paper 元9
Tube of toothpaste 元11
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元64
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元168
2 tickets to the movies 元102
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元639
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68
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元34
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元32
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 元3,228
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.40
1 month of gym membership in business district 元452
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 130
2nd Beijing 120
3rd Shenzhen 109
4th Guangzhou 99
5th Chengdu 83
6th Lianyungang 77
7th Qingdao 77
8th Fushun 74
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

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Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Xuzhou costs 元1,000 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Shanghai costs 元8,000 (1 day ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Nanning costs 元15 (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Guangzhou costs 元6.00 (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Guangzhou costs 元12 (2 days ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Guangzhou costs 元100 (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Guangzhou costs 元10 (2 days ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in Guangzhou costs 元16 (2 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Guangzhou costs 元20 (2 days ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Guangzhou costs 元15 (2 days ago)