Cost of living in Shanghai, China

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元60
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元35
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元22
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元20
12 eggs, large 元24
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元16
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元95
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元26
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元13
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元7
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元141
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元9
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元17
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元13,968
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元8,546
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元417
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元7,056
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元4,639
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元274
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 元133
40” flat screen TV 元3,858
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元769
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元53
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元29
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元611
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元360
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元720
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元920
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元156,731
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元8
Monthly ticket public transport 元213
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 元55
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 元32
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元40
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元692
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元34
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元35
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元40
4 rolls of toilet paper 元11
Tube of toothpaste 元19
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元83
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元250
2 tickets to the movies 元146
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516
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元76
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元36
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元43
iPod nano 16GB 元1,141
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.53
1 month of gym membership in business district 元545
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元21
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,157 prices entered by 144 different people.
Latest price update: April 27, 2017.

Shanghai position in our World Ranking

the world
115th
out of 218
asia
5th
out of 22

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

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3rd
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2nd
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