Cost of living in Shanghai, China

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元63
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元34
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元24
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元20
12 eggs, large 元26
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元18
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元81
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元22
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元12
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元6
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元141
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元14
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元14,922
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元8,692
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元458
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元7,618
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元4,733
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元298
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 元135
40” flat screen TV 元3,207
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元600
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元44
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元29
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元554
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元255
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元731
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元891
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元162,800
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元6
Monthly ticket public transport 元213
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 元39
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 元33
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元50
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元856
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元35
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元36
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元39
4 rolls of toilet paper 元13
Tube of toothpaste 元22
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元90
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元259
2 tickets to the movies 元145
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元606
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元500
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元75
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元35
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元41
iPod nano 16GB 元1,173
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.60
1 month of gym membership in business district 元566
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元21
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,047 prices entered by 132 different people.
Latest price update: February 25, 2017.

Shanghai position in our World Ranking

the world
108th
out of 217
asia
5th
out of 22

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

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2nd
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3rd
asia
1st
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1st
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