Cost of living in Shenzhen, China

List of prices in Shenzhen, China. Current as of Mar 2019.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 58元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 34元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 18元
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 13元
12 eggs, large 20元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 9元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 66元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 16元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 9元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 4.89元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 121元
2 liters of Coca-Cola 8元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 13元
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 10,656元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 7,440元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 361元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 6,279元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 3,893元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 229元
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 113元
40” flat screen TV 2,778元
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 459元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 59元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 36元
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 555元
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 235元
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 504元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 686元
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 185,479元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 8元
Monthly ticket public transport 191元
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 34元
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 26元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 35元
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 431元
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 30元
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 41元
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 44元
4 rolls of toilet paper 12元
Tube of toothpaste 13元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 81元
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 195元
2 tickets to the movies 95元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 360元
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 434元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 63元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 33元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 41元
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 3,084元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.63元
1 month of gym membership in business district 396元
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 20元
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 223 prices entered by 27 different people.
Latest price update: March 20, 2019

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