Cost of living in Shanghai, China

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元76
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元35
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元28
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元18
12 eggs, large 元23
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元13
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133
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元10
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元17
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元15,564
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元9,017
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元632
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元8,472
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元4,560
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元438
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元128
40” flat screen TV 元3,372
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元649
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元63
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元28
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元563
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元253
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元741
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元925
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元195,867
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元7
Monthly ticket public transport 元226
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54
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元904
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127
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元245
2 tickets to the movies 元150
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539
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元72
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元36
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元37
iPod nano 16GB 元1,194
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.64
1 month of gym membership in business district 元445
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元21
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,032 prices entered by 124 different people.
Latest price update: August 28, 2016.

Shanghai position in our World Ranking

the world
103rd
out of 263
asia
5th
out of 26
china
1st
out of 4

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

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2nd
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