Cost of Living in China

Summary of cost of living in China:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 ¥ 15.00-50.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 200.00 ¥ 120.00-550.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 36.75 ¥ 30.00-45.75
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 ¥ 5.00-30.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 15.00 ¥ 10.00-50.00
Cappuccino (regular) 23.48 ¥ 11.00-37.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.37 ¥ 2.89-12.80
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.13 ¥ 1.93-7.69
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 53.13 ¥ 37.85-84.29
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 10.83 ¥ 5.44-27.22
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.14 ¥ 1.81-5.44
Eggs (regular) (12) 12.35 ¥ 6.00-26.90
Local Cheese (1 lb) 42.30 ¥ 20.00-113.40
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 11.50 ¥ 5.44-22.16
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 38.35 ¥ 22.68-56.79
Apples (1 lb) 6.03 ¥ 2.27-9.38
Banana (1 lb) 4.43 ¥ 2.72-9.07
Oranges (1 lb) 5.23 ¥ 2.27-13.61
Tomato (1 lb) 3.96 ¥ 1.81-6.80
Potato (1 lb) 2.54 ¥ 0.91-4.57
Onion (1 lb) 3.06 ¥ 1.36-5.44
Lettuce (1 head) 4.49 ¥ 2.00-10.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 4.04 ¥ 2.80-8.65
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 80.00 ¥ 40.00-240.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.82 ¥ 3.00-10.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 12.77 ¥ 7.00-20.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 25.00 ¥ 20.00-40.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.00 ¥ 2.00-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 200.00 ¥ 98.00-300.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 10.00 ¥ 8.00-16.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.02 ¥ 3.22-5.63
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 46.80 ¥ 30.00-80.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 32.21 ¥ 29.53-34.86
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 149,000.00 ¥ 129,800.00-160,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 130,561.65 ¥ 116,800.00-192,545.45
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 379.01 ¥ 231.20-784.62
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 87.42 ¥ 35.00-128.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 88.31 ¥ 50.00-195.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 309.59 ¥ 100.00-1,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 108.78 ¥ 50.00-203.33
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 50.00 ¥ 35.00-75.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 3,480.78 ¥ 1,500.00-10,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 143,184.99 ¥ 60,000.00-265,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 366.84 ¥ 150.00-799.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 236.36 ¥ 100.00-412.42
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 549.27 ¥ 300.00-800.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 586.71 ¥ 300.00-1,000.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 3,754.82 ¥ 1,500.00-8,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,047.08 ¥ 1,000.00-4,052.26
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 8,116.55 ¥ 3,500.00-20,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 4,167.34 ¥ 2,000.00-9,342.11
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 4,768.36 ¥ 1,365.66-11,148.27
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,495.79 ¥ 1,021.92-5,919.20
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 6,670.43 ¥
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.58 3.50-5.60

Prices in China

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Last update: June 2024
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Distribution of Expenses Using Our Statistical Model:
  

By City in China

Rank
City
Cost of Living Index
Rent Index
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index
Groceries Index
Restaurant Price Index
Local Purchasing Power Index
Suzhou 57.0 12.2 35.4 70.1 41.8 55.6
Shanghai 36.9 27.0 32.1 42.0 22.3 91.9
Beijing 35.3 24.4 30.0 37.3 22.4 106.2
Shenzhen 34.6 18.8 27.0 40.2 21.8 104.8
Hangzhou 33.7 12.1 23.3 41.5 20.8 78.8
Guangzhou 33.4 11.8 23.0 40.9 20.4 84.5
Wuhan 30.9 8.1 19.9 34.7 18.8 74.3
Nanjing 30.7 10.2 20.8 37.7 17.1 77.7
Chengdu 29.9 6.9 18.8 35.3 18.7 80.6
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