Cost of living in Shanghai, China

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元68
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元36
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元19
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元18
12 eggs, large 元19
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元12
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元100
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元20
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元8
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元5.66
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元115
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元9
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元19
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元15,021
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元8,477
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元474
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元7,489
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元4,838
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元258
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 元116
40” flat screen TV 元2,613
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元740
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元56
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元29
Clothes [Edit]
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292
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元777
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元844
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元115,774
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元7
Monthly ticket public transport 元210
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 元53
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 元27
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元35
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元875
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元35
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元35
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元39
4 rolls of toilet paper 元10
Tube of toothpaste 元20
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元79
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元174
2 tickets to the movies 元123
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元899
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元440
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元80
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元34
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元44
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 元3,265
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.95
1 month of gym membership in business district 元406
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元20
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 946 prices entered by 165 different people.
Latest price update: April 26, 2018.

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