Cost of living in Shenzhen, China

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 元52
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 元33
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 元19
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 元15
12 eggs, large 元22
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 元12
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 元71
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 元18
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 元9
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 元5.96
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 元148
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11,136
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 元6,605
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 元366
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 元5,871
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 元3,534
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 元288
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 元110
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38
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 元555
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552
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181,444
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 元7
Monthly ticket public transport 元162
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 元33
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239
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 元27
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 元40
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 元43
4 rolls of toilet paper 元12
Tube of toothpaste 元13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 元75
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 元247
2 tickets to the movies 元90
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 元373
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 元363
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 元68
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 元34
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 元42
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 元3,417
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
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 306 prices entered by 29 different people.
Latest price update: January 22, 2018.

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