Cost of living in Shenzhen, China

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元63
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元34
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元19
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元14
12 eggs, large 元22
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元11
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元69
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元16
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元8
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元4.28
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元139
2 liters of Coca-Cola 元8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 元14
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 元10,563
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元6,773
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元393
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元6,056
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元3,611
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元246
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 元107
40” flat screen TV 元2,922
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 元416
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 元55
Hourly rate for cleaning help 元51
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元576
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 元309
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 元513
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 元608
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 元184,778
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元7
Monthly ticket public transport 元165
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 元34
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 元26
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 元35
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 元389
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元30
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元40
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元44
4 rolls of toilet paper 元12
Tube of toothpaste 元13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元80
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元221
2 tickets to the movies 元90
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元368
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元397
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元65
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元34
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元42
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 元3,060
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 元0.60
1 month of gym membership in business district 元401
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 元19
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 208 prices entered by 30 different people.
Latest price update: August 14, 2018.

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