Cost of Living in China

Summary:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 3.69 $ 2.21-7.37
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 29.48 $ 17.69-58.97
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.31 $ 4.42-6.63
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.18 $ 0.74-2.95
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.95 $ 1.77-5.90
Cappuccino (regular) 3.79 $ 1.77-5.90
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.49 $ 0.37-1.07
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.32 $ 0.29-0.59
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 7.98 $ 5.58-11.21
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.68 $ 0.80-3.74
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.48 $ 0.27-0.80
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.98 $ 0.92-3.85
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.13 $ 2.94-14.71
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 1.89 $ 0.94-3.34
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.84 $ 3.34-8.02
Apples (1 lb) 0.87 $ 0.33-1.47
Banana (1 lb) 0.70 $ 0.40-1.34
Oranges (1 lb) 0.79 $ 0.33-1.74
Tomato (1 lb) 0.59 $ 0.27-1.00
Potato (1 lb) 0.38 $ 0.13-0.67
Onion (1 lb) 0.45 $ 0.20-0.80
Lettuce (1 head) 0.69 $ 0.29-1.47
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.62 $ 0.44-1.18
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.53 $ 5.90-29.48
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.85 $ 0.44-1.47
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.99 $ 1.16-3.69
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 3.69 $ 2.95-5.01
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.44 $ 0.29-0.74
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 26.54 $ 10.32-48.65
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.77 $ 1.25-2.36
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.59 $ 0.47-0.85
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 6.49 $ 4.42-11.79
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.74 $ 4.29-5.02
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,112.80 $ 19,164.43-25,429.73
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,316.09 $ 17,690.24-23,586.99
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 55.06 $ 29.48-96.39
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.03 $ 0.01-0.04
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 13.70 $ 7.37-29.48
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 43.13 $ 14.74-117.93
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.79 $ 7.37-34.71
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 7.37 $ 5.16-11.79
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 609.81 $ 245.70-1,597.04
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 22,254.68 $ 10,614.15-36,854.67
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 59.22 $ 22.11-113.36
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 35.14 $ 14.74-58.97
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 83.84 $ 51.60-117.93
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 89.03 $ 44.23-176.90
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 645.63 $ 294.84-1,474.19
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 362.93 $ 176.90-737.09
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,486.31 $ 589.67-3,685.47
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 792.79 $ 368.55-2,063.86
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 903.97 $ 329.13-2,054.33
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 515.98 $ 191.74-1,095.64
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,099.42 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.06 3.70-6.00

Prices in China

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Last update: January 2023
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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 59.4 26.4 43.6 70.4 40.8 29.4
Shanghai 48.2 37.2 43.0 49.4 37.3 60.6
Beijing 47.6 35.2 41.7 45.8 33.0 62.9
Shenzhen 44.6 22.6 34.0 47.1 30.2 81.9
Hangzhou 41.6 15.5 29.1 48.2 29.9 63.0
Guangzhou 38.9 16.7 28.2 38.8 27.9 76.3
Chengdu 38.5 11.7 25.7 40.6 25.4 56.3
Nanjing 36.3 14.3 25.7 38.9 21.8 73.7
Qingdao, Shandong 33.0 9.0 21.5 36.2 22.2 77.6
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