Numbeo

Cost of Living in Beijing, China

Prices in Beijing

More about Beijing:

Compare Beijing with:
IndexInfo
Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 52.79
Rent Index: 36.48
Groceries Index: 51.54
Restaurants Index: 41.90
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 44.88
Local Purchasing Power: 52.87

Currency: Default Currency      Switch to imperial measurement units
Do you live in Beijing? We need your help: Add data for Beijing!
Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 30.00 ¥
20.00
40.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 150.00 ¥
120.00
200.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 27.00 ¥
25.00
30.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 10.00 ¥
6.00
15.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 25.00 ¥
15.00
30.00
Cappuccino (regular) 27.39 ¥
23.50
30.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 3.86 ¥
3.00
5.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 2.16 ¥
2.00
3.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 11.98 ¥
9.60
16.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 9.47 ¥
7.00
14.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 6.88 ¥
6.00
10.00
Eggs (12) 12.12 ¥
8.35
16.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 78.08 ¥
50.00
115.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 23.87 ¥
20.00
30.00
Apples (1kg) 12.85 ¥
8.00
18.00
Oranges (1kg) 12.19 ¥
8.00
20.00
Tomato (1kg) 7.67 ¥
6.00
10.00
Potato (1kg) 5.29 ¥
4.00
8.00
Lettuce (1 head) 3.69 ¥
2.00
7.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 4.58 ¥
3.50
6.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 85.00 ¥
60.00
100.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.11 ¥
3.00
5.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 17.73 ¥
11.00
25.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 17.00 ¥
15.00
20.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 ¥
2.00
2.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 100.00 ¥
50.00
120.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 13.00 ¥
12.00
13.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 2.30 ¥
2.00
3.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 32.00 ¥
26.00
48.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 8.03 ¥
8.00
8.20
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 160,000.00 ¥
150,000.00
200,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 311.56 ¥
182.14
425.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.39 ¥
0.30
0.50
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 117.16 ¥
98.00
150.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 246.28 ¥
200.00
300.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 133.12 ¥
80.00
200.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 80.00 ¥
60.00
90.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 621.05 ¥
400.00
800.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 277.93 ¥
200.00
400.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 679.38 ¥
600.00
800.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 626.67 ¥
400.00
1,000.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 5,481.82 ¥
4,500.00
7,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 3,279.55 ¥
2,600.00
4,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 14,225.25 ¥
10,000.00
20,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 6,540.58 ¥
5,000.00
9,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 55,736.84 ¥
50,000.00
70,000.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 29,916.67 ¥
25,500.00
35,000.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 6,145.87 ¥
4,000.00
9,492.36
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 6.22
6.00
6.80

These data are based on 1881 entries in the past 18 months from 195 different contributors.

Last update: November, 2014

Sources and References : Info
No sources and references provided yet.
Add new source here:
URL:
Description:

 

Sign up for our newsletter:
Your email address:
47 Comments so far

#Jay on Nov 17, 2014 :
Salary is not enough for whatever they offer because most corporations have "fixed" salary range.
Therefore, you must ask "expat package" to extend more your overall salary package. Meaning some expatriation cost need to be reimburse or deserve an allowance.

To know more go here ;

http://www.xpatinsight.weebly.com/download
#Nog on Jun 09, 2014 :
Hi,

I Recently got offered a job in Beijing where the pay equals the equivalent of £1400 a month including accommodation. I was just wondering would that be a comfortable salary in relation to the cost of living?

Thanks
#liem on Jun 01, 2014 :
For a single egg it will cost about $1.46.
#liem on Jun 01, 2014 :
In beijing for a poor person the only space he/she would have is the size of a meter cube all the way around
#Anees on May 14, 2014 :
Hi Friends,

Please let me know the price of single Egg in Beijing.
#Tom on Mar 23, 2014 :
What monthly income, in USD, would an American need to have in order to live a descent life in Changsha, China? I'm retired, but have a friend who is an Architect over there, and she is asking me to come over for a prolonged visit, in order to help her (with children, repairs, etc.) at least until her big project & 60-70 hour weeks are over with...

There may or may not be a romantic component to this, but if I went over to help her out, I'd want to be able to pay my own way, and improve her life, not diminish it. She is well off, with a good job, and parents that are too (Doctor & University Professor), so she could probably pay for me to help her. but I'd rather do it as a Gift to her, and pay my own expenses from my Pension.

What would it take to live there ??
#Baka on Mar 11, 2014 :
All that is described above - not true. Man does not know where to buy clothes and other goods.
#michelle on Feb 18, 2014 :
I have been given an opportunity in Lanxi,Zhejiang,China for 8,000 in china.
I have one child is that a good income to live on and can I save?
#brij on Jan 14, 2014 :
what should be a sufficient amount of money to spend a month in the city?? as i am getting a 7000 RMB only, is it enough to spend a good time in this city??
#Rocky on Jan 06, 2014 :
I say, jolly old fellas, it may appear to give low costs in foods but property in Beijing equals to alot of low/underdeveloped areas, but for luxurious near transports is too much pricey for everyone in China. I say, i'd stick to my Euro if your smart.
#David on Nov 26, 2013 :
Lol, it's kinda funny to get all these different comments from people living in the same city. It's like everyone is living in their own Beijing. I myself found a job paying about 14000 RBM in total compensation (11000 salary + 3000 housing allowance) in USD that's about 2300 a month. hell not a bad wage even to my standards. and if i can find an apartment for 4000 RMB and I'm only paying 65 cents for half a litter of beer... man Id say you guys are a bunch of whiners lol
#Katus on Nov 24, 2013 :
My sister lived in Beijing. She was in the outer suburbs and her rent, gas and water was paid by her employer. She earned 5000 RMB a month and she lived very comfortably.
#MissC on Oct 05, 2013 :
If you can really live a regular chinese life then these price information might be more or less true.
1. you can eat in an inexpensive restaurant for small money but you dont know if you are eating pork meat or rat. anyway it was cooked with recollected oil from the street so you might end up in a hospital next day. this is for sure not making anything up, it is all over all international but also national news.
2. you can think chinese market do offer cheap vegetable but you can not check how strong it has been contamined by pesticide. even local who ever can afford it buy from the bio section which is provided in nearly all supermarket. only then the prices equal western european markets.
3. you should know the water from the tab is not meant for drinking. but also those in the bottle, please read carefully. in europe you will usually buy mineral water but in china what you get is boiled water.
4. since the price for taxis went up, it is just a little. what changed a lot is, you pay now much more than before when you stuck in jam. but traffic jam is daily busines here. so you better dont take the cab anymore.
5. did anyone notice how slow the internet is in beijing? like 10 years back in western europe. hahaha.
6. it is mostly not very much about recreation when i think about gym. too less you pay the more people there are, gym should better be called as sweat shop.
7. you always get what you pay for, you wanna pay 500 rmb for pair of leather shoes, then be prepared when they dont survive this year. cute design always come for free. ;)
8. if you wanna spend your day time travelling then you can pay small money living in the western or southern part of beijing. but unfortunately there is not much but real china. if you want a beer or bread or salad or night life even. come to the east! and you gotta pay 8000 rmb for 1bd apt. voila...

for the salary, i do think that there must be tons of rich chinese here in bj. on my daily bike trip to work i couldnt finish counting how many luxury cars i have seen, e.g. at least one ferrari a day. and also you could never walk into carefour with only 200 rmb, carefour is supposed to be normal supermarket. you have to be very careful not spending more than what you have.

most of time, the comparison doesnt work because the quality is far not the same. even when it is supposed to, you will be surprised how different it is. just check the small printing on the packaging. you will see...

oh i forgot, the pollution comes for free too. today it is 430. tragedy, if you think about what it once was not even long ago and what it has become.
#Chinago on Sep 23, 2013 :
The western part of China is relatively cheap to live in, for instance Chengdu or Xian, and they also have very good colleges that provide excellent medicine courses.
#Andini on Sep 14, 2013 :

I'm from Indonesia. Where is the cheapest place/city in china to study. Because I don't know how to get a scholarship. I want to study medical (mix between chinese traditional and modern). Can anyone help to give me any advice? Please if you got time email me at sandcastleblocks@gmail.com
#stylites.net on Sep 07, 2013 :
750.00 ¥ for leather shoes is nothing. Proper leather shoes cost 500 usd.
#Kevin P on Aug 19, 2013 :
@Arlo Barlow an hour or more? What bank was this? I switched company recently and had to open a new account at Citic Bank about a month ago; it took me less than 10 minutes, the only documents I needed were my passport and temporary residence certificate, and the entirety of the 'paperwork' was signing my name twice. A few years ago my experience with China Merchants Bank was pretty much identical.

With the exception of trying to apply for a credit card, I've found the banking system here far more convenient than back in England.
#Arlo Barlow on Aug 13, 2013 :
When going to work for a company in BJ your employer will usually pay your salary into a CHinese bank of their choosing. This means you WILL have to go to a branch of that CHinse bank and spend an hour or more going through the strange hybrid process of opening a Chinse bank account.

By hybrid I mean there's a lot of computer work, lots of mouse clicks and typing.

But there's also mountains of paperwork, writing in ledgers and use of rubber stamps. And they take your picture and photograph your passport and have you enter your PIN into a mini keyboard multiple times.

It's hopefully the most Chinese bureaucracy you'll ever have to deal with. It's certainly more complex than getting your visa!
#Arlo Barlow on Aug 13, 2013 :
Almost no business in China, even in Shanghai and Beijing, accepts Visa or Mastercard - only the more expensive western places, fancier restaurants and hotels and even then it's usually only VISA/MC on a Chinese bank card, not a western bank.
#Mark Scott on Aug 13, 2013 :
@Denni D. If you're living in BJ and aren't sending the vast majority of your salary back to the USA, then $110,000 will be more than adequate.

If you can, I recommend having your salary divided into two, so you get a minimal Chinese salary and the rest goes to a US bank account. That way you get to keep the majority of your money. US taxes you on foreign-earned income but only on the amount above $90,000, so you should end up not having to pay any US tax (rightly so if you're not living in the USA, IMHO).

It's easy to draw money from your US bank account via an ATM.



#Arlo Barlow on Aug 13, 2013 :
@Leo - 8000 RMB doesn't leave a lot of room for manoeuvre. Are you getting your rent paid by your employer or do you have to pay rent out of that?

It's possible to find reasonably cheap accommodation in BJ, but then you have gas, electric, water, internet, food...I had money left over out of my 7000 RMB stipend each month, but I was alone in BJ and my rent costs were paid from my US bank account.

#leo on Jul 03, 2013 :
Can someone live with a wife and a child @ 8000 RMB/month ???

Advice plz
#Steve on Jun 17, 2013 :
My wife is Chinese and we looked at apartments near New World in Chongwenmen and they sell at 70,000RMB/m2. Brochure claims 100m2 for 7mRMB, reality is you get just over80m2 as the quoted area includes the wall and a portion of the common area. 140m2 (120m2 nett) for 9mRMB. Building has 8 flats per floor & 16 floors (128units) and only 4 units left when I was there 3 weeks ago. Cannot believe the prices are sustainable!!
#Dennis.D. on Jun 07, 2013 :
How well could I live on 110.000 a year USD in Beijing area.
#John on Jun 01, 2013 :
How would 10,000 RMB a month and provided accommodation in Shunyi set me up?
#Anonymous on May 31, 2013 :
I was offered a job in Beijing for 30000 RMB per month and 4000 for an apartment.
would that be good to live a good live in Beijing. Thank you for your advice
#Anonymous on May 10, 2013 :
There are many opposite comments regarding Bejing here - some are claiming it is more expensive than stated here, some are claiming it is less.
#Su on May 08, 2013 :
P.s What is actually declining is the purchasing power as the income always remain extremely low.
#Su on May 08, 2013 :
The grocery price seems to be significantly lower than the actual one here. You wouldn't be confident to walk into a supermarket (lets say carrefour which i believe is a relatively cheaper one) with less than 300rmb in your pocket. The price for exported goods is even more intimidating. The cost of living in BJ has skyrocketed over the past 3 years. Dinning out is getting more and more expensive and transportation is getting increasingly costly as well except the 2-yuan subway. Clothing & shoes are not exaggerated here as it is not uncommon to get a Levi's jeans for 800+ in a shopping centre. There are cheaper ones in the street store which might have dragged down the average a bit but to be honest conspicuous consumption by the rich and the growing middle class in the city will def boost the luxury goods market.
#Anonymous on Apr 10, 2013 :
the housing price is 15% to 20% lower than real status
the mean salary should be 1000euro to 1200euro
the clothes and shoes price is too high, that is the full label price, normally people could buy it at about 20% to 50% off

comments from the Jinyu Zhang, who lives in Beijing for 13 years
#Mladen on Apr 01, 2013 :
Egg prices for Beijing are now fixed according to new comments. Thank you for your contributions.
#LM on Apr 01, 2013 :
The market prices are absolutely retarded on this site. I can only assume that the majority of contributors are completely useless at buying anything, failing even the most basic strategy of "point, grunt, hand money" which even the illiterate FOBs can manage to do.

Egg prices are also rather daft, as "1 dozen" means nothing. Small? Medium? Large? Jumbo? Extra Jumbo? Who knows! These classifications are based on weight, yet entirely ignored here.
http://www.sunnyqueen.com.au/sunnyqueenrecipes/recipe.cfm?ID=32

Eggs in Beijing are currently about 4.3 RMB per 500g. If you go for 1 dozen "large", that's 650g for 5.6 RMB. I can only imagine what idiotic prices people have been paying to get the average up to 15. I can pick out 110g monsters and get a dozen of em and that's still only 11.3 RMB.

This also fails to take into account the brown vs white. As whites cost more in Beijing with browns being common, while it is reversed in the US, as browns are "exotic" for whatever reason. And hell, even the white eggs would never reach 15 RMB for a dozen of any size.
#Alex on Mar 21, 2013 :
I have been offered a job in the city earning 16000 rmb per month. With accommodation in the city costing me 4000 rmb per month. Is this apartment likely to be good for that money and how much of my salary am I going to be able to save each month?
#Anonymous on Mar 02, 2013 :
I have been living in Beijing since 1995. Prices have gone up a lot. Renting an appartment in the city center is more likely to cost around 6000 RMB. I rent out a small appartment of 78m2 for 5500 RMB near the forbidden city which is very cheap for the location. For something bigger think 9000 to 10,000 RMB / month and if you want a more luxury place/area double that amount. Dining is more expensive as well. A simple meal will be around 100 RMB. If you would start as a teacher you will need around 10 to 15 K RMB a month to live comfortably.
#Anonymous on Feb 04, 2013 :
The price is biased for BEIJING. The groceries are not that expensive. And for the clothes, if you don't buy foreign brands, it's much cheaper! For the apartment rent price, it's more like for luxury ones.
#cainebogdan on Dec 24, 2012 :
I can`t belived that the life in Beijing it`s the same like Berlin and almost the same like N.Y. Anyway according numbeo caracas life is much better than in NY. and most European cities.This happens when the state intervenes directly on life .... and censor this life.
The life isn`t only ...minimum wage and the price of gasoline (venezuela) .... the life means to feel you free like a person.
I`m from Romania ...my wage it`s 250 euro on a month ... in western europe you can earn 1000-2000 euro , and prices are the same as in romania.
#Hanno on Nov 29, 2012 :
I am considering moving to Beijing for work reasons. I need to get an idea of what my earning potential is as Senior Interior Designer with 14 years experience. Can anyone assist in providing ball park figures/ month? I hear expats now have to pay near 56 % Tax???
#George on Nov 21, 2012 :
Feels like the prices are set to high here.
#Georgi on Aug 28, 2012 :
FUCK THIS SHIT IM IN BULGARIA WHERE MINIMAL WAGE IS 180euro.... and our gasoline price is 1.5euros..... im mentioning our minimal wage because with such high percentage of unemployed people, its hard to find a job with average standards, mostly people work for 100-150 euro with prices the same as in Beijing... TAKE THIS BEAR GRYLLS we are surviving in these circumstances since 1989... and no one gives a shit about my country not even the politicians (infact they are the reason for our situation nowadays) since 1989 the top priority for the highest levels of the leaders have been to hijack bulgarian economy and keep bulgarians dumb as fuck to manipulate them easily. Wish you all the best guys! FIGHT RACISM!!!
#*danny kim on Jun 25, 2012 :
can i be able to study and work in beijing? and if yes how much can i pay in tution fees in a median university and how much can i expect to earn in teaching english or other jobs?
#Chris on Apr 21, 2012 :
Girlfriend and I are thinking about teaching English in china we would have about 16,000rmb a month in income, would we have a comfortable living situation? We would share a 1 bedroom apartment.
#Mladen on Mar 22, 2012 :
There are cheaper jeans. Original is usually sold in fancy and the most expensive shopping malls and therefore it's frequently much more expensive than in USA, with prices frequently similar to Europe.
#Tj on Mar 22, 2012 :
Why is jeans so expensive ? Most of the jeans are made in China anyways. You can get a Levis 501 for 30 bucks in Wal Mart in NAmerica.
#Tony on Feb 16, 2012 :
#Cam: Yes, that is right: With a median income, you can not afford to live in the city centre. That is just the way it is in Beijing.

And leather shoes are indeed that expensive. I guess many locals just don't wear leather shoes.
#DavidL on Jun 11, 2011 :
the median income is too low. Should be about 3,500 to 4,000RMB in Beijing.
And the rental price here is more like luxury apartments.
#Mladen on Feb 23, 2011 :
Cam, there are most likely cheaper mens leather shoes, however, currently for this category there is one entry so it needs more entries to get more realistic price. Other prices have more entries and therefore most likely are better correct. In many cities people with the average salary nowdays cannot afford to live in the city center, not only in Beijing.
#Cam on Feb 23, 2011 :
Hey, thanks for the infos.
Clear. Relevant,
much appreciated.

One point tho - earning a median salary means you can't afford to live in city centre.
So who lives there? u need better stats for income.
And why are mens leather shoes so expensive?

Leave a comment :

Your name: Sign In
Your email address (optional):
Your comment (no HTML):

  More about Beijing: Cost of Living | Crime | Food Prices | Gas Prices | Health Care | Hotel Prices | Pollution | Property Prices | Quality of Life | Taxi Fare | Traffic