Cost of living in Shanghai, China

Lunchtime menu in the business district 元69
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元31
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元18
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元19
12 eggs, large 元22
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元10
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元74
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元19
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes 元12
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元5.88
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元149
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元17
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元12,415
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元463
Internet 8MB (1 month) 元123
40” flat screen TV 元3,254
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt 元869
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元67
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元29
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元741
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) 元297
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) 元802
1 pair of leather business shoes 元1,033
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元195,580
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元7
Monthly ticket public transport 元213
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) 元43
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) 元26
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元54
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元39
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元43
4 rolls of toilet paper 元12
Tube of toothpaste 元20
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元169
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元257
2 tickets to the movies 元180
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元1,137
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert 元498
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元79
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元33
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元36
iPod nano 16GB 元1,031
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.23
1 month of gym membership in business district 元368
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元17
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 4,787 prices entered by 539 different people.
Latest price update: October 13, 2015.

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