Cost of living in Qingdao, China

Summary of cost of living in Qingdao

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 14,801元
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 6,669元
  • Qingdao is the cheapest city in China (6 out of 6)
  • Cost of living in Qingdao is cheaper than in 62% of cities in Asia (16 out of 26)
  • Cost of living in Qingdao is cheaper than in 82% of cities in the World (224 out of 272)

List of prices in Qingdao
Current as of May 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 49元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 33元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 15元
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 13元
12 eggs, large 11元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 10元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 57元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 13元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 7元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 4.75元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 96元
2 liters of coca-cola 8元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 10元
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 5,701元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,262元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 357元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,706元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 2,444元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 264元
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 133元
40” flat screen tv 2,957元
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 525元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 54元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 41元
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 419元
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 251元
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 475元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 531元
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 168,800元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7元
Monthly ticket public transport 64元
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 24元
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 27元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 31元
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 88元
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 31元
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 39元
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 37元
4 rolls of toilet paper 8元
Tube of toothpaste 11元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 34元
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 109元
2 tickets to the movies 93元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 562元
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 420元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 46元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 30元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 17元
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,195元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.93元
1 month of gym membership in business district 352元
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 20元
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 45 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: May 16, 2022

Qingdao position in our World Ranking

the world
224th
out of 272
asia
16th
out of 26
china
6th
out of 6

Cheapest and most expensive products in Qingdao compared to other cities:

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