Cost of Living in Guangzhou

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 44.99
Rent Index: 23.50
Groceries Index: 47.98
Restaurants Index: 26.61
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 34.78
Local Purchasing Power: 93.85
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 ¥ 15.00-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 ¥ 80.00-140.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 28.00 ¥ 20.00-35.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 ¥ 5.00-8.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 16.00 ¥ 12.00-20.00
Cappuccino (regular) 24.17 ¥ 20.00-30.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.56 ¥ 3.00-4.50
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.44 ¥ 2.00-3.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 44.79 ¥ 37.85-56.78
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 7.98 ¥ 7.26-9.07
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.63 ¥ 2.72-5.44
Eggs (12) 11.88 ¥ 10.00-15.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 45.36 ¥ 45.36-45.36
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 9.30 ¥ 6.80-13.61
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 30.24 ¥ 18.14-36.29
Apples (1 lb) 6.05 ¥ 3.63-9.07
Banana (1 lb) 5.14 ¥ 2.72-8.16
Oranges (1 lb) 4.99 ¥ 4.08-6.80
Tomato (1 lb) 3.54 ¥ 2.72-4.08
Potato (1 lb) 2.90 ¥ 1.81-3.63
Onion (1 lb) 4.38 ¥ 2.72-6.80
Lettuce (1 head) 4.10 ¥ 3.00-7.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 4.31 ¥ 3.00-6.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 90.00 ¥ 70.00-200.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.43 ¥ 5.00-7.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 13.33 ¥ 6.00-16.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 20.00 ¥ 20.00-22.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 ¥ 2.00-8.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 237.50 ¥ 100.00-400.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 10.00 ¥ 10.00-10.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.18 ¥ 4.18-4.18
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.60 ¥ 30.00-31.20
Gasoline (1 gallon) 25.27 ¥ 21.58-30.28
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 140,000.00 ¥ 120,000.00-150,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 353.28 ¥ 250.00-500.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.23 ¥ 0.19-0.30
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 103.75 ¥ 80.00-150.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 277.38 ¥ 250.00-350.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 42.50 ¥ 30.00-60.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 60.00 ¥ 40.00-80.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 535.71 ¥ 400.00-750.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 199.62 ¥ 150.00-250.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 587.50 ¥ 450.00-700.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 483.33 ¥ 400.00-600.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 4,622.18 ¥ 3,500.00-5,844.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,531.27 ¥ 2,000.00-3,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 9,557.23 ¥ 7,500.00-11,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 4,664.75 ¥ 3,500.00-5,700.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 4,189.05 ¥ 3,530.29-5,109.62
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,997.40 ¥ 1,393.53-2,322.56
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 7,907.53 ¥ 6,000.00-10,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 5.94 5.50-6.00

Prices in Guangzhou, China

These data are based on 617 entries in the past 18 months from 76 different contributors.
Last update: May, 2016
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Cost of living in Guangzhou is 55.01% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 525.10$ (3,456.50¥) and for four person family at 1,926.98$ (12,684.55¥) (without rent).
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25 Comments so far
#Kayakayas on Nov 16, 2015 :
Where can i buy Smartphones for wholesale
I know Alibaba and Dhgate?

Pls tell Websites from Guangzhou direktly..

Thanks, Regards
#Anonymous on Oct 05, 2015 :
The regular bus ticket price is ¥2, but it doesn't mean it will take you to your desired destination. However the metro train ticket varies from ¥2-13 depending on the distance and number of stops. Example, if i need to commute 10-15 metro stations to work and back, i'm likely going to need ¥15 yuan per day which makes my monthly pass around ¥400.
Please note: There aren't any monthly passes or bulk tickets available.
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#Larry on Jul 08, 2015 :
Trying to find out what the average cost range would be for a basic computer. I live is US, my girlfriend is in this area for a while Guangdong.
Thank you
ALso monthly internet connection fee
#Otto Au on May 15, 2014 :
China now MORE expensive than some European countries

Its out of control and the party may well be OVER
#Martin on May 09, 2014 :
I run an import / export business and planning to setup office in GZ or SZ china...This would purely be having furnished living space maybe 2 bedroom furnished apartment - of which i will have a office desk and cupboard setup in living room to conduct business from....i saw a model of this kind at a Tianzhu lu Building near GZ night market...this is a very cozy setup and will work well for me.please advise?
#ivan on Apr 23, 2014 :
As for babies: that's not true, everything is VERY cheap. Use Taobao and don't forget to visit some shops nearby.
You;ll be surprised, really.
#acls on Apr 21, 2014 :
clothing and shoes and health cares are too expensive.and some fruit such as kiwi some imported are 8RMB per 1pc...OMG!!cheapest 3.8RMB.Damn!
everything for babies are unbelievable expensive.
#Stephen on Mar 25, 2014 :
All prices have gone up and the income has gone down
#Stephen on Mar 25, 2014 :
Dear Friends,
whoever have said that Guangzhou is much more cheaper than Shenzhen etc. My friends, gone are those days. I am foreigner living in China for past 18years. 7 years in Shenzhen and 11 years and still going on in Guangzhou. In 2003 I have rented 2 bed room apartment in city center (Tian He North road) for RMB 1500 only and now the same place cost more than RMB 4000. As RMB is appreciating fast, the price for all the commodity, apartment, utility etc has also gone sky high. I know in 1996 the fuel for car cost was costing around RMB 3/liter that too with the exchange rate of $1 to RMB 8.60 and not the price for fuel is almost RMB 8/liter with exchange 6.1
#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 ??
#Anonymous on Feb 03, 2014 :
One more thing (my digits was not taken into account): the price of jeans starts from 20 RMB, for 80 RMB you can easily find a branded one. Not worse than Levis or even branded as Levis (do not know, whether original ones or not). Anyway, it is much cheaper than the price you have now. I mean, it will be pretty incorrect to require, for example, compare Iphone prices if you trying to figure out how's that going at the smartphones market and China has Xiaomi wich is much cheaper than apple :) So, i added prices (100-100-60) for jeans, dress and man's shoes. I used to live in Moscow before for 10 years, prices here are incomparable cheaper, but take a look at your database. It is saying now that shoes, dress, etc are cheaper in Moscow, but this is not true for sure.
One simple example: you can find frozen duck in Auchan store (French network) in Guangzhou for as much as 3.50 RMB for 500g. This is neither sale nor discount, original price That's just like $1.15 for kilo. In Beijing (wall-mart store and Auchan) duck was about 6 RMB for 0,5 kilo.
So, actually prices are much closer to the data I've entered than to one you have now (I was adding data for Guangzhou). And it is possible to buy for half of my price :)
Leather shoes starts from 50 RMB and there's really much variants cheaper than 200 for a pair.
#Lie Tek Fung on Feb 02, 2014 :
Can anybody share info for me how much salary for junior secretary and home store at guang zhou? Thanks
#Anonymous on Feb 01, 2014 :
Regading oranges, actually, price differs dramatically. In usual shop you can find something like "oranges with leaves, oranges with this sort of skin. that sort of skin, small ones, bigger ones" and so on. If it will be a sale or something the price will be around 1.5 to 2 RMB for 500g (almost all prices are like that, for 500g, not kilo). But than you go to the next box - and see them for 2.5 RMB. Next one -3 rmb. It is usual to have 5 to 10 different sorts in one shop. But, actually, I do not really see much difference among them, so I just entered average (cheap) price without any discounts, sales etc.
The same situation with apples, bananas... For example, domestic bananas are almost twice cheaper than imported ones, somewhat 2 to 2.5 rmb for 500g, sometimes even cheaper.
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#mark on Aug 01, 2013 :
clothing and shoes and health cares are too expensive.and some fruit such as kiwi some imported are 8RMB per 1pc...OMG!!cheapest 3.8RMB.Damn!
everything for babies are unbelievable expensive.
#mark on Aug 01, 2013 :
andrew:i think you have mistake could you tell me the area or building name wat was that you were?
because there is no any apartment with 3 room and new with all things u said less than 4500RMB i was checking the houses 3 room in tianhe area or zhujiang town all are 5000RMB and higher...but for the cheese you are right that is very expensive in GZ.
#Pulkit on Jul 28, 2013 :
Can you all please email me the place you lived at. Either a link to the place with a contact no or something. I have been looking for a place for about 2 weeks now and they all seem to way out of the city with prices in excess of 1000 USD.

Please email me at
#Marcus on Apr 20, 2013 :
Hi Andrew, could you provide some more details about the apartments you stayed in as they sound amazingly cheap.
#jeff on Apr 04, 2013 :
Hey Andrew, did you work in Guangzhou? are you on Facebook? what is the name of the newer building that you lived in.
#Andrew on Mar 19, 2013 :
Yeah, the figures i believe are a bit off, I am not from China but i lived in Guangzhou for the past 3 years only been back 2 months, We lived in relatively good areas in Massive complexes with all amenities, (parks schools, Pools, Man made lake even with Restaurants, boutiques, and everything you need even a supermarket in the complex yet we only paid 1800 RMB of which we paid 160 extra because i was foreign and we needed proper paperwork for the rental.

Also we moved to another area in a new complex which was much cheaper yet was like living in a hotel almost i have great images of the place average flat size we lived in was 110 square meters 3 bedrooms, 2 bathroom Air-cons etc. most other prices seem OK, funny thing with cheese is it will be expensive as most of it is imported.
#fan bao on Sep 23, 2012 :
re: below comment

the median monthly salary is WAYYYYYYYY too high. ¥5000 is for office staff, public officials. the avg. non-clerical worker only gets around ~¥2000/mo.

from what i know, an apartment outside gz city center should only be ~¥4500-6000/m2... but the last time i checked was around 2 yrs. ago so maybe the price has increased due to 炒卖.

by "meal", i assumed you meant food+drinks/soup. ¥8 could buy 肠粉 or maybe a bowl of porridge. a FULL meal (consisting of fried rice/noodles + soup) would cost at least ¥20 and above.
#Mladen on Jun 28, 2012 :
Cagri, please correct the prices using the Edit link provided. Cheers
#cagri on Jun 27, 2012 :
I was living in shenzhen. Its quite near to guangzhou and my friends were living at city center of guangzhou. Prices in gunagzhou were much more cheaper than shenzhen. This index is wrong.
Rent for 3 room flat was around 400-500 usd. Your index says 1600 usd. With 1600 usd you can live in a palace in China.
Chinese earn around 100 usd(worker) 400-500 usd (office staff).
Shenzhen was a little expensive than Guangzhou and i was living at the city center. The Seg building which everyone thinks that it is the city centers most important building was 5 min. walk from my flat. And i was paying around 500 usd for the 32nd floor of a 35 floor building. We had pool tennis court and all the other stuff and it was 500 usd. So the figures above are wrong
#David on Jun 24, 2012 :
thanks for posting this - we are moving to Guangzhou in a few months and the information in really helpful.

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