Cost of living in Shanghai, China

List of prices in Shanghai, China. Current as of Jan 2019.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 74元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 37元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 20元
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 20元
12 eggs, large 21元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 13元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 74元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 21元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 10元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 5.97元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 126元
2 liters of Coca-Cola 8元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 21元
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 15,409元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 9,101元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 437元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 9,555元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 5,902元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 224元
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 116元
40” flat screen TV 2,292元
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 760元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 41元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 37元
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 676元
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 280元
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 658元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 895元
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 142,659元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7元
Monthly ticket public transport 196元
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 65元
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 25元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 35元
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 875元
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 35元
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 45元
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 38元
4 rolls of toilet paper 11元
Tube of toothpaste 20元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 103元
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 143元
2 tickets to the movies 114元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,074元
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 475元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 84元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 33元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 46元
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 3,127元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.79元
1 month of gym membership in business district 484元
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 20元
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 784 prices entered by 122 different people.
Latest price update: January 16, 2019.

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