Cost of living in China

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 53元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 33元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 15元
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 16元
12 eggs, large 16元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 8元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 63元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 13元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 7元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 5.64元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 114元
2 liters of Coca-Cola 8元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 12元
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 9,680元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 4,478元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 425元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 5,603元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 3,523元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 305元
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 88元
40” flat screen TV 2,242元
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 678元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 40元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 39元
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 554元
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 280元
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 614元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 672元
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 145,666元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7元
Monthly ticket public transport 154元
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 26元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 32元
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 425元
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 30元
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 37元
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 38元
4 rolls of toilet paper 10元
Tube of toothpaste 14元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 59元
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 159元
2 tickets to the movies 86元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 723元
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 375元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 60元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 34元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 34元
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 3,310元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.98元
1 month of gym membership in business district 300元
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 20元

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 131
2nd Beijing 119
3rd Shenzhen 111
4th Suzhou 105
5th Hangzhou 100
6th Guangzhou 98
7th Nanjing 87
8th Chengdu 80
9th Lianyungang 78
10th Qingdao 78
11th Fushun 75
12th Dezhou 68

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

  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Lanzhou costs 1,600元 (about 8 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Beijing costs 1.00元 (1 day ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Beijing costs 12元 (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in Beijing costs 300元 (1 day ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Beijing costs 200元 (1 day ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Beijing costs 9元 (1 day ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Beijing costs 80元 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Beijing costs 5.00元 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Beijing costs 22元 (1 day ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Beijing costs 15元 (1 day ago)