Cost of living in Shanghai, China

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

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 63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 11元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 76元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 21元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 9元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 5.24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 18元
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 15,092元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 8,877元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 489元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 10,114元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 5,368元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 283元
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 100元
40” flat screen TV 2,134元
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 603元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 39元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 57元
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 673元
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 284元
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 714元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 923元
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 140,068元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7元
Monthly ticket public transport 203元
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 51元
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 23元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 37元
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 875元
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 37元
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 49元
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 32元
4 rolls of toilet paper 10元
Tube of toothpaste 19元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 96元
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 218元
2 tickets to the movies 123元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,022元
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 548元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 85元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 36元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 45元
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 3,201元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.54元
1 month of gym membership in business district 579元
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 21元
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 652 prices entered by 108 different people.
Latest price update: July 19, 2019

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