Cost of living in Nanjing, China

Summary of cost of living in Nanjing

Family of four estimated monthly costs: 15,670元
Single person estimated monthly costs: 7,237元
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List of prices in Nanjing, China. Current as of Dec 2019.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 46元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 31元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 12元
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 14元
12 eggs, large 14元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 7元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 73元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 16元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.55元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 4.60元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 100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 5,374元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 3,390元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 339元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 4,197元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 2,782元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 215元
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 106元
40” flat screen TV 2,508元
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 540元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 35元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 28元
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 452元
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 351元
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 671元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 618元
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 168,998元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7元
Monthly ticket public transport 140元
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 36元
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 32元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 40元
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 203元
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 38元
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 43元
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 36元
4 rolls of toilet paper 10元
Tube of toothpaste 11元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 52元
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 154元
2 tickets to the movies 83元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 445元
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 366元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 51元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 34元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 26元
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 3,409元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.86元
1 month of gym membership in business district 254元
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 27元
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 56 prices entered by 5 different people.
Latest price update: December 12, 2019

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