Cost of living in Shanghai, China

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元74
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元35
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元27
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元18
12 eggs, large 元22
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元12
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元73
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元20
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元12
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元7
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元130
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元9
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元17
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元14,317
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元9,006
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元615
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元8,465
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元4,489
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元419
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元128
40” flat screen TV 元3,183
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元647
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元63
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元27
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元561
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元241
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元716
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元858
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元194,876
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元6
Monthly ticket public transport 元227
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 元38
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 元33
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元54
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元1,029
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元31
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元37
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元37
4 rolls of toilet paper 元12
Tube of toothpaste 元22
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元135
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元245
2 tickets to the movies 元148
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元764
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元525
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元69
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元34
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元35
iPod nano 16GB 元1,194
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.66
1 month of gym membership in business district 元432
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元20
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 975 prices entered by 123 different people.
Latest price update: July 28, 2016.

Shanghai position in our World Ranking

the world
107th
out of 267
asia
5th
out of 24

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

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2nd
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5th
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1st
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