Cost of living in China

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 50元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 34元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 15元
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 15元
12 eggs, large 16元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 8元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 57元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 14元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 7元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 5.59元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 114元
2 liters of Coca-Cola 7元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 12元
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 9,327元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 4,302元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 439元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 5,529元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 3,479元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 307元
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 86元
40” flat screen TV 2,131元
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 703元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 36元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 38元
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 556元
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 260元
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 624元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 694元
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 143,509元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7元
Monthly ticket public transport 156元
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 26元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 30元
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 493元
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 29元
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 36元
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 36元
4 rolls of toilet paper 9元
Tube of toothpaste 13元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 57元
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 149元
2 tickets to the movies 86元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 777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 58元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 34元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 33元
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 3,255元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.04元
1 month of gym membership in business district 309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 118
3rd Suzhou 110
4th Shenzhen 108
5th Hangzhou 95
6th Guangzhou 94
7th Nanjing 87
8th Chengdu 79
9th Qingdao 79
10th Lianyungang 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 Lhasa
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
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Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Shenzhen costs 20元 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Shenzhen costs 10元 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Shenzhen costs 25元 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Shenzhen costs 40元 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Shenzhen costs 40元 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Shenzhen costs 10元 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Shenzhen costs 8元 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Shenzhen costs 27元 (about 20 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Shenzhen costs 4.00元 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Taxi fare per distance, weekday at noon, per 1 km. in Shenzhen costs 2.00元 (about 20 hours ago)