Cost of living in Shanghai, China

Lunchtime menu in the business district 元65
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元32
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元22
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元19
12 eggs, large 元23
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元12
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元77
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元21
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147
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元9
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元17
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元13,360
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元456
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元119
40” flat screen TV 元3,408
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt 元668
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元65
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元30
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元763
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) 元284
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) 元825
1 pair of leather business shoes 元1,211
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元197,450
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元7
Monthly ticket public transport 元194
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) 元45
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) 元26
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元33
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元38
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元38
4 rolls of toilet paper 元12
Tube of toothpaste 元19
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元162
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元258
2 tickets to the movies 元158
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元982
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert 元522
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1,294
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.25
1 month of gym membership in business district 元391
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元18
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 4,961 prices entered by 555 different people.
Latest price update: November 28, 2015.

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