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33
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元26
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元18
12 eggs, large 元22
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元11
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元71
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元19
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元11
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元6
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元144
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元9
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元18
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元13,380
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元8,119
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元480
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元8,511
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元5,250
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元362
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元123
40” flat screen TV 元3,253
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元660
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元71
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元29
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元750
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元272
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元770
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元1,248
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元220,741
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元7
Monthly ticket public transport 元235
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28
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元49
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元1,165
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元32
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元36
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元34
4 rolls of toilet paper 元12
Tube of toothpaste 元21
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元141
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元260
2 tickets to the movies 元165
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元876
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元581
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元72
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元35
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元41
iPod nano 16GB 元1,203
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.53
1 month of gym membership in business district 元390
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元20
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 5,217 prices entered by 589 different people.
Latest price update: February 09, 2016.

Shanghai position in our World Ranking

the world
84th
out of 239
asia
3rd
out of 22

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

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2nd
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3rd
the world
5th
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5th
asia
1st
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1st

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