Cost of Living Comparison Between Shanghai and Beijing 

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Cost of Living in Beijing is 5.4% lower than in Shanghai (without rent)
Cost of Living Including Rent in Beijing is 6.4% lower than in Shanghai
Rent Prices in Beijing are 8.5% lower than in Shanghai
Restaurant Prices in Beijing are 1.2% higher than in Shanghai
Groceries Prices in Beijing are 10.5% lower than in Shanghai
Local Purchasing Power in Beijing is 16.1% higher than in Shanghai
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Restaurants
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 30.00 ¥ 30.00 ¥      0.0 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 200.00 ¥ 200.00 ¥      0.0 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 38.00 ¥ 40.00 ¥      +5.3 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 10.00 ¥ 8.50 ¥      -15.0 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 20.00 ¥ 19.00 ¥      -5.0 %
Cappuccino (regular) 25.17 ¥ 25.89 ¥      +2.8 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.61 ¥ 3.80 ¥      +5.1 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.15 ¥ 2.27 ¥      +5.2 %
Markets
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 67.09 ¥ 53.34 ¥      -20.5 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 12.74 ¥ 9.43 ¥      -26.0 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.57 ¥ 3.84 ¥      +7.6 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 12.01 ¥ 12.59 ¥      +4.8 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 54.65 ¥ 44.08 ¥      -19.3 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 11.24 ¥ 10.75 ¥      -4.4 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 37.48 ¥ 34.17 ¥      -8.8 %
Apples (1 lb) 7.46 ¥ 6.97 ¥      -6.5 %
Banana (1 lb) 5.31 ¥ 5.76 ¥      +8.5 %
Oranges (1 lb) 6.51 ¥ 6.38 ¥      -2.1 %
Tomato (1 lb) 4.87 ¥ 4.17 ¥      -14.4 %
Potato (1 lb) 3.05 ¥ 2.66 ¥      -12.7 %
Onion (1 lb) 3.48 ¥ 3.69 ¥      +6.2 %
Lettuce (1 head) 5.90 ¥ 5.66 ¥      -4.1 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 4.08 ¥ 3.70 ¥      -9.5 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 90.00 ¥ 69.00 ¥      -23.3 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.97 ¥ 6.62 ¥      +10.9 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 11.88 ¥ 13.90 ¥      +17.1 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 25.00 ¥ 25.00 ¥      0.0 %
Transportation
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.00 ¥ 5.00 ¥      +25.0 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 250.00 ¥ 250.00 ¥      0.0 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 16.00 ¥ 13.00 ¥      -18.8 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.83 ¥ 4.18 ¥      -13.3 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 60.00 ¥ 85.00 ¥      +41.7 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 31.55 ¥ 31.44 ¥      -0.3 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 150,000.00 ¥ 150,000.00 ¥      0.0 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 131,306.67 ¥ 132,484.21 ¥      +0.9 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 408.81 ¥ 399.70 ¥      -2.2 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 91.35 ¥ 71.19 ¥      -22.1 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 126.88 ¥ 100.40 ¥      -20.9 %
Sports And Leisure
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 492.73 ¥ 445.75 ¥      -9.5 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 132.69 ¥ 196.88 ¥      +48.4 %
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 9,210.61 ¥ 5,110.11 ¥      -44.5 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 219,375.00 ¥ 164,444.44 ¥      -25.0 %
Clothing And Shoes
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 414.81 ¥ 470.67 ¥      +13.5 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 263.65 ¥ 262.30 ¥      -0.5 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 540.56 ¥ 610.38 ¥      +12.9 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 768.59 ¥ 820.78 ¥      +6.8 %
Rent Per Month
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 7,000.00 ¥ 7,040.67 ¥      +0.6 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 3,755.56 ¥ 3,999.84 ¥      +6.5 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 19,693.33 ¥ 16,655.17 ¥      -15.4 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 9,275.00 ¥ 8,647.06 ¥      -6.8 %
Buy Apartment Price
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 10,801.23 ¥ 9,766.23 ¥      -9.6 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 5,971.37 ¥ 5,332.64 ¥      -10.7 %
Salaries And Financing
Shanghai Edit Beijing Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 12,147.61 ¥ 13,189.17 ¥      +8.6 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.61 4.33      -5.9 %
Last update: July 2024July 2024
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