Cost of Living Comparison Between Shanghai and Beijing 

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Cost of Living in Beijing is 4.4% lower than in Shanghai (without rent)
Cost of Living Including Rent in Beijing is 6.5% lower than in Shanghai
Rent Prices in Beijing are 9.6% lower than in Shanghai
Restaurant Prices in Beijing are 0.5% higher than in Shanghai
Groceries Prices in Beijing are 11.2% lower than in Shanghai
Local Purchasing Power in Beijing is 15.6% higher than in Shanghai
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Restaurants
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 4.13 $
(30.00 ¥)
4.13 $
(30.00 ¥)
     0.0 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 27.55 $
(200.00 ¥)
27.55 $
(200.00 ¥)
     0.0 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.23 $
(38.00 ¥)
5.51 $
(40.00 ¥)
     +5.3 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.24 $
(9.00 ¥)
1.10 $
(8.00 ¥)
     -11.1 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.75 $
(20.00 ¥)
2.75 $
(20.00 ¥)
     0.0 %
Cappuccino (regular) 3.49 $
(25.35 ¥)
3.50 $
(25.44 ¥)
     +0.4 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.51 $
(3.69 ¥)
0.51 $
(3.70 ¥)
     +0.2 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.30 $
(2.15 ¥)
0.31 $
(2.26 ¥)
     +5.0 %
Markets
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 9.21 $
(66.86 ¥)
7.47 $
(54.25 ¥)
     -18.9 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.74 $
(12.60 ¥)
1.31 $
(9.54 ¥)
     -24.3 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.49 $
(3.58 ¥)
0.53 $
(3.86 ¥)
     +7.7 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.72 $
(12.51 ¥)
1.71 $
(12.39 ¥)
     -0.9 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.46 $
(54.17 ¥)
5.92 $
(42.98 ¥)
     -20.7 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 1.59 $
(11.56 ¥)
1.49 $
(10.80 ¥)
     -6.6 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.26 $
(38.21 ¥)
4.80 $
(34.84 ¥)
     -8.8 %
Apples (1 lb) 1.03 $
(7.45 ¥)
0.96 $
(6.97 ¥)
     -6.4 %
Banana (1 lb) 0.75 $
(5.46 ¥)
0.78 $
(5.64 ¥)
     +3.3 %
Oranges (1 lb) 0.90 $
(6.51 ¥)
0.86 $
(6.22 ¥)
     -4.5 %
Tomato (1 lb) 0.68 $
(4.97 ¥)
0.58 $
(4.24 ¥)
     -14.7 %
Potato (1 lb) 0.43 $
(3.11 ¥)
0.37 $
(2.66 ¥)
     -14.5 %
Onion (1 lb) 0.48 $
(3.49 ¥)
0.49 $
(3.56 ¥)
     +2.2 %
Lettuce (1 head) 0.82 $
(5.93 ¥)
0.77 $
(5.56 ¥)
     -6.3 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.56 $
(4.09 ¥)
0.51 $
(3.73 ¥)
     -8.8 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.40 $
(90.00 ¥)
9.64 $
(70.00 ¥)
     -22.2 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.82 $
(5.92 ¥)
0.91 $
(6.59 ¥)
     +11.3 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.68 $
(12.23 ¥)
1.92 $
(13.95 ¥)
     +14.1 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 3.44 $
(25.00 ¥)
3.44 $
(25.00 ¥)
     0.0 %
Transportation
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.55 $
(4.00 ¥)
0.69 $
(5.00 ¥)
     +25.0 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 34.43 $
(250.00 ¥)
34.43 $
(250.00 ¥)
     0.0 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.20 $
(16.00 ¥)
1.79 $
(13.00 ¥)
     -18.8 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.67 $
(4.83 ¥)
0.58 $
(4.18 ¥)
     -13.3 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 8.26 $
(60.00 ¥)
12.65 $
(91.83 ¥)
     +53.0 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.40 $
(31.91 ¥)
4.33 $
(31.44 ¥)
     -1.5 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,660.87 $
(150,000.00 ¥)
20,660.87 $
(150,000.00 ¥)
     0.0 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 17,994.24 $
(130,640.00 ¥)
18,755.72 $
(136,168.42 ¥)
     +4.2 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 56.53 $
(410.42 ¥)
54.23 $
(393.72 ¥)
     -4.1 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 12.78 $
(92.76 ¥)
10.24 $
(74.32 ¥)
     -19.9 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 17.67 $
(128.29 ¥)
13.21 $
(95.88 ¥)
     -25.3 %
Sports And Leisure
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 67.86 $
(492.68 ¥)
65.82 $
(477.84 ¥)
     -3.0 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.31 $
(132.92 ¥)
28.01 $
(203.33 ¥)
     +53.0 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 8.26 $
(60.00 ¥)
8.26 $
(60.00 ¥)
     0.0 %
Childcare
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,184.78 $
(8,601.59 ¥)
726.00 $
(5,270.80 ¥)
     -38.7 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 28,835.39 $
(209,347.83 ¥)
23,798.26 $
(172,777.78 ¥)
     -17.5 %
Clothing And Shoes
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 56.37 $
(409.26 ¥)
65.21 $
(473.45 ¥)
     +15.7 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 36.58 $
(265.58 ¥)
35.04 $
(254.38 ¥)
     -4.2 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 73.75 $
(535.42 ¥)
82.65 $
(600.08 ¥)
     +12.1 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 104.23 $
(756.75 ¥)
111.93 $
(812.65 ¥)
     +7.4 %
Rent Per Month
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 974.93 $
(7,078.12 ¥)
964.42 $
(7,001.79 ¥)
     -1.1 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 513.87 $
(3,730.77 ¥)
558.11 $
(4,051.96 ¥)
     +8.6 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,734.83 $
(19,855.17 ¥)
2,254.84 $
(16,370.37 ¥)
     -17.6 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,286.77 $
(9,342.11 ¥)
1,202.92 $
(8,733.33 ¥)
     -6.5 %
Buy Apartment Price
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,487.75 $
(10,801.23 ¥)
1,365.29 $
(9,912.11 ¥)
     -8.2 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 815.31 $
(5,919.20 ¥)
737.78 $
(5,356.35 ¥)
     -9.5 %
Salaries And Financing
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,679.28 $
(12,191.75 ¥)
1,815.84 $
(13,183.20 ¥)
     +8.1 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.63 4.36      -5.8 %
Last update: June 2024June 2024
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