Cost of living in Harbin, China

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元53
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元31
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元12
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元11
12 eggs, large 元11
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元9
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元50
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元13
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元9
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元3.70
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元55
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元6
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元5,983
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元3,969
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元499
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元6,500
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元2,673
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元441
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 元95
40” flat screen TV -
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) -
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元56
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元60
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元662
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元343
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元670
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元399
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元452,771
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元8
Monthly ticket public transport 元576
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 元30
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 元58
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元35
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元100
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元30
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元25
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元28
4 rolls of toilet paper 元7
Tube of toothpaste 元10
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元80
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元92
2 tickets to the movies 元126
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元500
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元450
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元27
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元27
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元14
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元1.17
1 month of gym membership in business district 元223
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元18
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 14 prices entered by 5 different people.
Latest price update: November 19, 2017.

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