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34
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元30
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元19
12 eggs, large 元26
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元17
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元84
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元21
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元13
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元7
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元137
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14,129
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元8,415
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元547
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元8,521
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元4,623
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元341
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 元139
40” flat screen TV 元3,251
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元709
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元72
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元28
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元678
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元317
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元753
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元807
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元185,757
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元6
Monthly ticket public transport 元232
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 元37
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 元31
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元54
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元971
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39
4 rolls of toilet paper 元12
Tube of toothpaste 元24
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元97
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元264
2 tickets to the movies 元156
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元673
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元536
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1,192
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.30
1 month of gym membership in business district 元488
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元19
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,075 prices entered by 141 different people.
Latest price update: December 03, 2016.

Shanghai position in our World Ranking

the world
104th
out of 236
asia
5th
out of 25

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

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2nd
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2nd
asia
1st
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1st
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