Cost of living in Guangzhou, China

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 53元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 29元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 16元
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 17元
12 eggs, large 18元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 10元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 72元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 13元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 8元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 6元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 94元
2 liters of Coca-Cola 8元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 10元
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 9,286元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 4,924元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 669元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 5,355元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 2,948元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 283元
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 110元
40” flat screen TV 2,557元
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 726元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 40元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 38元
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 581元
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 223元
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 655元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 563元
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 156,873元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7元
Monthly ticket public transport 192元
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 32元
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 26元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 70元
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 210元
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 25元
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 47元
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 37元
4 rolls of toilet paper 9元
Tube of toothpaste 16元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 68元
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 161元
2 tickets to the movies 91元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 745元
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 243元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 58元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 28元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 33元
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 3,732元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.32元
1 month of gym membership in business district 307元
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 19元
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 274 prices entered by 28 different people.
Latest price update: October 17, 2018.

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