Cost of Living Comparison Between Shanghai and Beijing 

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Consumer Prices in Beijing are 10.8% lower than in Shanghai (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Beijing are 11.8% lower than in Shanghai
Rent Prices in Beijing are 13.4% lower than in Shanghai
Restaurant Prices in Beijing are 11.1% lower than in Shanghai
Groceries Prices in Beijing are 15.9% lower than in Shanghai
Local Purchasing Power in Beijing is 33.5% higher than in Shanghai
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Restaurants
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 35.00 ¥ 30.00 ¥      -14.3 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 250.00 ¥ 200.00 ¥      -20.0 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 40.00 ¥ 40.00 ¥      0.0 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 10.00 ¥ 10.00 ¥      0.0 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 20.00 ¥ 20.00 ¥      0.0 %
Cappuccino (regular) 27.08 ¥ 27.45 ¥      +1.4 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.94 ¥ 3.58 ¥      -9.1 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.44 ¥ 2.23 ¥      -8.4 %
Markets
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 67.32 ¥ 56.63 ¥      -15.9 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 13.05 ¥ 9.96 ¥      -23.7 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.64 ¥ 3.56 ¥      -2.2 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 13.57 ¥ 13.13 ¥      -3.3 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 63.25 ¥ 44.35 ¥      -29.9 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 12.37 ¥ 10.40 ¥      -15.9 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 42.07 ¥ 34.19 ¥      -18.7 %
Apples (1 lb) 7.31 ¥ 6.82 ¥      -6.7 %
Banana (1 lb) 5.43 ¥ 5.51 ¥      +1.5 %
Oranges (1 lb) 6.41 ¥ 6.17 ¥      -3.7 %
Tomato (1 lb) 4.79 ¥ 4.06 ¥      -15.2 %
Potato (1 lb) 3.21 ¥ 2.72 ¥      -15.3 %
Onion (1 lb) 3.41 ¥ 3.25 ¥      -4.6 %
Lettuce (1 head) 6.39 ¥ 6.17 ¥      -3.4 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 4.19 ¥ 3.68 ¥      -12.1 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 100.00 ¥ 75.00 ¥      -25.0 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 6.09 ¥ 6.46 ¥      +6.1 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 13.58 ¥ 14.00 ¥      +3.0 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 25.00 ¥ 27.00 ¥      +8.0 %
Transportation
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.00 ¥ 5.00 ¥      +25.0 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 300.00 ¥ 250.00 ¥      -16.7 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 16.00 ¥ 13.00 ¥      -18.7 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.83 ¥ 4.18 ¥      -13.3 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 60.00 ¥ 90.00 ¥      +50.0 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 32.25 ¥ 31.67 ¥      -1.8 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 150,000.00 ¥ 158,000.00 ¥      +5.3 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 132,830.77 ¥ 147,439.13 ¥      +11.0 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 465.84 ¥ 394.37 ¥      -15.3 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 102.10 ¥ 74.14 ¥      -27.4 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 139.22 ¥ 99.09 ¥      -28.8 %
Sports And Leisure
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 574.79 ¥ 448.83 ¥      -21.9 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 128.18 ¥ 203.33 ¥      +58.6 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 60.00 ¥ 60.00 ¥      0.0 %
Childcare
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 9,157.97 ¥ 6,470.14 ¥      -29.3 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 203,653.85 ¥ 196,818.18 ¥      -3.4 %
Clothing And Shoes
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 452.79 ¥ 465.88 ¥      +2.9 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 268.24 ¥ 249.67 ¥      -6.9 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 547.16 ¥ 613.75 ¥      +12.2 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 804.05 ¥ 804.58 ¥      +0.1 %
Rent Per Month
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 7,068.18 ¥ 6,950.00 ¥      -1.7 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 3,894.12 ¥ 3,963.87 ¥      +1.8 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 20,391.30 ¥ 16,320.00 ¥      -20.0 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 9,906.25 ¥ 8,500.00 ¥      -14.2 %
Buy Apartment Price
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 11,653.38 ¥ 9,971.01 ¥      -14.4 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 6,267.33 ¥ 5,378.79 ¥      -14.2 %
Salaries And Financing
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 10,474.18 ¥ 12,330.62 ¥      +17.7 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.75 4.36      -8.2 %
Last update: March 2024March 2024
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