Cost of living in Shanghai, China

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元70
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元35
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元24
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元19
12 eggs, large 元26
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元15
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元84
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元19
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145
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元15
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元14,899
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元8,565
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元539
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元7,982
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元4,673
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元334
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 元134
40” flat screen TV 元3,260
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元709
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元68
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元29
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元665
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元312
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元741
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元734
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元183,809
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元6
Monthly ticket public transport 元231
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31
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元54
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元971
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39
4 rolls of toilet paper 元12
Tube of toothpaste 元24
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元97
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元264
2 tickets to the movies 元152
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元673
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元536
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元75
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元34
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元39
iPod nano 16GB 元1,173
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.30
1 month of gym membership in business district 元488
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元20
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 955 prices entered by 133 different people.
Latest price update: January 19, 2017.

Shanghai position in our World Ranking

the world
106th
out of 224
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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4th
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