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Cost of Living in China

Cost of living in China is 41.25% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in China is 55.00% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 ¥ 15.00-34.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 140.00 ¥ 100.00-200.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 30.00 ¥ 25.00-35.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 ¥ 4.00-10.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 15.00 ¥ 10.00-30.00
Cappuccino (regular) 26.79 ¥ 18.00-33.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.17 ¥ 2.50-5.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.95 ¥ 1.00-3.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 48.39 ¥ 37.48-75.71
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 8.50 ¥ 5.44-15.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.90 ¥ 2.27-4.54
Eggs (12) 10.91 ¥ 5.40-17.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 47.36 ¥ 22.68-90.72
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 11.24 ¥ 6.80-18.14
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 33.12 ¥ 21.77-45.36
Apples (1 lb) 5.26 ¥ 3.61-9.07
Banana (1 lb) 3.24 ¥ 1.81-6.35
Oranges (1 lb) 4.81 ¥ 2.72-8.16
Tomato (1 lb) 3.40 ¥ 2.27-5.44
Potato (1 lb) 2.79 ¥ 1.81-4.54
Onion (1 lb) 3.31 ¥ 1.81-6.00
Lettuce (1 head) 5.07 ¥ 2.00-10.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 3.66 ¥ 3.00-6.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 72.50 ¥ 50.00-100.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.15 ¥ 3.50-8.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 13.36 ¥ 8.00-20.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 20.00 ¥ 15.00-22.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 ¥ 1.50-3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 120.00 ¥ 60.00-240.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 10.00 ¥ 8.00-13.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.78 ¥ 2.90-4.67
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 ¥ 25.00-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 24.18 ¥ 21.20-28.77
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 150,000.00 ¥ 120,000.00-160,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 128,245.45 ¥ 100,000.00-178,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 345.82 ¥ 200.00-566.67
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.26 ¥ 0.15-0.50
Internet (60 Mbps or more, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 95.36 ¥ 50.00-150.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 266.22 ¥ 133.33-500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 69.18 ¥ 40.00-150.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 50.00 ¥ 35.00-80.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 6,108.02 ¥ 2,500.00-12,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 193,444.44 ¥ 120,000.00-210,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 409.15 ¥ 100.00-700.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 243.43 ¥ 150.00-350.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 605.17 ¥ 400.00-800.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 548.35 ¥ 300.00-1,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 3,449.44 ¥ 1,800.00-7,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,021.87 ¥ 1,000.00-3,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 7,631.35 ¥ 3,500.00-16,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,761.41 ¥ 2,000.00-7,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 3,984.11 ¥ 1,393.53-9,290.23
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,792.73 ¥ 650.32-3,716.09
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 6,094.43 ¥
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 5.26 4.00-6.00

Prices in China

These data are based on 11665 entries in the past 18 months from 1164 different contributors.
Last update: May 2017
Our data for each country are based on all entries from all cities in that country.
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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
Shanghai 54.21 36.88 45.73 59.53 40.15 67.31
Shenzhen 50.11 24.52 37.59 53.96 32.07 74.99
Beijing 45.87 35.37 40.73 45.71 35.03 71.99
Guangzhou 44.02 18.74 31.65 45.14 28.74 68.47
Suzhou 39.11 14.57 27.10 40.78 30.15 69.48
Chengdu 37.13 11.42 24.55 34.97 27.44 70.88
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