Cost of living in Shenzhen, China

Summary of cost of living in Shenzhen

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 21,679元
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 12,119元
  • Cost of living in Shenzhen is more expensive than in 69% of cities in Asia (9 out of 26)
  • Cost of living in Shenzhen is cheaper than in 59% of cities in the World (159 out of 271)
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List of prices in Shenzhen
Current as of May 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 55元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 36元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 19元
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 17元
12 eggs, large 18元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 11元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 77元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 15元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 9元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 5.59元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 106元
2 liters of coca-cola 11元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 12元
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 10,843元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 6,708元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 573元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 6,564元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 4,067元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 310元
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 106元
40” flat screen tv 2,226元
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 570元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 41元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 63元
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 508元
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 238元
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 569元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 709元
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 175,985元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7元
Monthly ticket public transport 164元
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 43元
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 26元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 34元
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 429元
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 42元
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 44元
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 38元
4 rolls of toilet paper 13元
Tube of toothpaste 12元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 79元
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 248元
2 tickets to the movies 102元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 595元
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 584元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 63元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 32元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 40元
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,030元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.59元
1 month of gym membership in business district 270元
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 22元
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on less than 10 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: May 24, 2022

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Shenzhen position in our World Ranking

the world
159th
out of 271
asia
9th
out of 26
china
3rd
out of 6

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