Cost of living in Shenzhen, China

Summary of cost of living in Shenzhen

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 22,100元
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 12,620元
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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List of prices in Shenzhen, China. Current as of Jan 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 55元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 35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 104元
2 liters of coca-cola 11元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 12元
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 11,674元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 6,928元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 575元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 6,558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 [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 459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) 541元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 691元
Transportation [Edit]
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) 41元
Personal Care [Edit]
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) 402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 70元
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 248元
2 tickets to the movies 105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 571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.) 38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
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 158 prices entered by 10 different people.
Latest price update: January 28, 2021

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