Cost of living in Qingdao, China

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 47元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 28元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 14元
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 15元
12 eggs, large 12元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 9元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 61元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 12元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 8元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 4.70元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 90元
2 liters of Coca-Cola 8元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 9元
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 4,056元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,513元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 322元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 3,056元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 2,637元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 321元
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 133元
40” flat screen TV 4,267元
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 425元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 60元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 34元
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 450元
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 272元
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 500元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 547元
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 171,829元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7元
Monthly ticket public transport 65元
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 24元
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 27元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 35元
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 64元
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 34元
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 37元
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 37元
4 rolls of toilet paper 9元
Tube of toothpaste 12元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 31元
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 84元
2 tickets to the movies 100元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 400元
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 433元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 45元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 28元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 17元
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 3,089元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.93元
1 month of gym membership in business district 355元
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 20元
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 36 prices entered by 10 different people.
Latest price update: November 18, 2018.

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