Cost of living in Shanghai, China

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元77
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元32
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元27
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元18
12 eggs, large 元21
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元11
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元69
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元18
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元11
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元5.84
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元126
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元17
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元13,940
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元8,453
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元588
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元8,579
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元4,656
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元418
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元116
40” flat screen TV 元3,015
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元653
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元74
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元29
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元562
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元250
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元752
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元918
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元223,117
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元6
Monthly ticket public transport 元230
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 元35
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 元28
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元49
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元1,106
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元32
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元37
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元36
4 rolls of toilet paper 元12
Tube of toothpaste 元21
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元130
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元256
2 tickets to the movies 元151
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元972
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元556
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元74
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元34
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元37
iPod nano 16GB 元1,203
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.67
1 month of gym membership in business district 元390
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元21
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 987 prices entered by 136 different people.
Latest price update: April 30, 2016.

Shanghai position in our World Ranking

the world
100th
out of 269
asia
5th
out of 24

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

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4th
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1st
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