NUMBEO

Cost of Living in China

Cost of living in China is 44.38% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in China is 55.75% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 2.91 $ 2.19-5.10
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 21.85 $ 14.57-29.14
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4.37 $ 3.79-5.83
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 0.87 $ 0.66-1.46
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.33 $ 1.46-4.37
Cappuccino (regular) 3.89 $ 2.91-5.10
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.48 $ 0.36-0.73
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.30 $ 0.22-0.44
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 7.03 $ 5.51-10.48
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.29 $ 0.79-2.07
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.43 $ 0.33-0.66
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.59 $ 0.79-2.62
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.84 $ 2.91-9.91
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1.55 $ 0.93-2.64
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.26 $ 2.64-5.95
Apples (1 lb) 0.73 $ 0.53-1.32
Banana (1 lb) 0.44 $ 0.26-0.73
Oranges (1 lb) 0.74 $ 0.40-1.32
Tomato (1 lb) 0.52 $ 0.33-0.86
Potato (1 lb) 0.38 $ 0.20-0.66
Onion (1 lb) 0.44 $ 0.20-0.79
Lettuce (1 head) 0.63 $ 0.29-1.17
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.56 $ 0.44-0.87
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.20 $ 7.28-14.57
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.74 $ 0.44-1.17
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.91 $ 1.17-2.91
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2.91 $ 2.19-3.50
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.29 $ 0.29-0.58
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 17.48 $ 8.74-29.14
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.46 $ 1.17-1.89
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.56 $ 0.42-0.70
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 5.24 $ 3.64-8.74
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.79 $ 3.31-4.30
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,396.57 $ 17,482.77-23,310.36
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,900.79 $ 16,025.87-24,767.26
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 51.31 $ 29.14-87.41
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.03 $ 0.01-0.07
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 14.68 $ 8.45-21.85
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 37.71 $ 18.21-72.84
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 10.82 $ 5.83-21.85
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 6.56 $ 5.10-10.20
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 518.79 $ 291.38-1,214.08
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 20,571.69 $ 8,741.39-30,594.85
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 59.29 $ 29.14-101.98
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 36.34 $ 21.85-58.28
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 85.50 $ 58.28-116.55
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 86.42 $ 43.71-145.69
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 505.69 $ 233.10-946.98
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 306.96 $ 145.69-582.76
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,138.79 $ 437.07-2,185.35
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 624.41 $ 291.38-1,311.21
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 633.38 $ 243.63-1,353.49
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 320.46 $ 108.28-676.75
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 889.63 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.04 0.63-0.87

Prices in China

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Last update: September 2018
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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 50.25 33.44 42.21 53.31 38.04 64.15
Beijing 43.62 32.59 38.35 38.45 36.50 73.14
Shenzhen 39.72 23.72 32.07 36.82 30.38 85.44
Guangzhou 38.85 17.87 28.82 37.91 26.00 78.69
Chengdu 35.45 11.82 24.15 33.87 27.28 84.89
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