Cost of living in Shenzhen, China

Summary of cost of living in Shenzhen

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 21,778元
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 12,500元
  • Cost of living in Shenzhen is more expensive than in 62% of cities in Asia (9 out of 21)
  • Cost of living in Shenzhen is cheaper than in 66% of cities in the World (187 out of 282)

List of prices in Shenzhen, China. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 49元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 34元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 21元
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 15元
12 eggs, large 17元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 9元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 82元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 15元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 7元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 5.32元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 114元
2 liters of coca-cola 8元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 11元
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 11,545元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 7,000元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 560元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 6,371元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 3,915元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 260元
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 115元
40” flat screen tv 2,249元
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 577元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 43元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 36元
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 534元
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 248元
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 519元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 688元
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 170,886元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 8元
Monthly ticket public transport 143元
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 35元
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 27元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 36元
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 402元
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 32元
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 44元
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 44元
4 rolls of toilet paper 13元
Tube of toothpaste 13元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 78元
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 229元
2 tickets to the movies 99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 527元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 61元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 34元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 41元
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,089元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.60元
1 month of gym membership in business district 315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 310 prices entered by 29 different people.
Latest price update: January 28, 2020

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Shenzhen position in our World Ranking

the world
187th
out of 282
asia
9th
out of 21

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