Cost of Living in Beijing

Summary of cost of living in Beijing, China:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 30.00 ¥ 22.00-50.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 200.00 ¥ 150.00-400.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 40.00 ¥ 35.00-50.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.50 ¥ 5.00-20.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 19.00 ¥ 12.00-35.00
Cappuccino (regular) 25.89 ¥ 15.00-40.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.80 ¥ 3.00-6.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.27 ¥ 2.00-3.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 53.34 ¥ 34.07-87.06
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 9.43 ¥ 5.44-18.14
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.84 ¥ 2.27-6.58
Eggs (regular) (12) 12.59 ¥ 7.20-18.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 44.08 ¥ 20.87-90.72
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 10.75 ¥ 6.80-21.77
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 34.17 ¥ 17.92-45.36
Apples (1 lb) 6.97 ¥ 3.63-10.89
Banana (1 lb) 5.76 ¥ 3.00-9.07
Oranges (1 lb) 6.38 ¥ 3.18-9.98
Tomato (1 lb) 4.17 ¥ 1.81-5.44
Potato (1 lb) 2.66 ¥ 1.36-3.63
Onion (1 lb) 3.69 ¥ 1.81-7.26
Lettuce (1 head) 5.66 ¥ 3.00-9.43
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 3.70 ¥ 2.90-5.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 69.00 ¥ 30.00-150.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 6.62 ¥ 4.00-10.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 13.90 ¥ 8.00-20.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 25.00 ¥ 20.00-30.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 5.00 ¥ 3.00-6.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 250.00 ¥ 150.00-391.30
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 13.00 ¥ 13.00-16.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.18 ¥ 3.70-5.63
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 85.00 ¥ 60.00-100.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 31.44 ¥ 29.83-34.07
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 150,000.00 ¥ 130,000.00-160,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 132,484.21 ¥ 110,000.00-160,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 399.70 ¥ 280.00-653.85
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 71.19 ¥ 33.33-128.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 100.40 ¥ 60.00-180.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 445.75 ¥ 150.00-1,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 196.88 ¥ 100.00-300.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 60.00 ¥ 50.00-85.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 5,110.11 ¥ 3,000.00-10,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 164,444.44 ¥ 100,000.00-300,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 470.67 ¥ 150.00-900.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 262.30 ¥ 130.00-400.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 610.38 ¥ 300.00-800.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 820.78 ¥ 400.00-1,200.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 7,040.67 ¥ 5,000.00-10,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 3,999.84 ¥ 3,000.00-6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 16,655.17 ¥ 12,000.00-25,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 8,647.06 ¥ 7,000.00-13,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 9,766.23 ¥ 7,432.18-12,077.29
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 5,332.64 ¥ 3,716.09-7,432.18
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 13,189.17 ¥
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.33 3.50-5.00

Prices in Beijing

This city had 1959 entries in the past 12 months by 220 different contributors.
Last update: July 2024
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20 Comments so far
Anonymous on Jul 16, 2024:
Nobody cares about a failed country full of failed Chinese citizens and their so called government either. Notice how the U S never comments about many threats Xi and so called Chinese defense makes towards the U S.The US military most advanced lethal military globally in the business of eliminating countries and populations globally it's no secret.Chinese government and it's monkey looking citizens are going to become extinct in the very near future but not years though guaranteed.Watch and realize chinas demise all of Chinese citizens taking their last breath knowing who the global boss really is the U S military
Anonymous on Jul 07, 2024:
Ukraine is not a part of Europe but an integral part of Russia since before the WW1.
So Europe shouldn't fall into the trap of the immoral liar US to assume Ukraine as a part of Europe.
Since Ukraine is not a part of Europe, comparing the severity of both wars between Gaza war and Ukraine war, Europe should realize that US has been committing genocide in Gaza war by funding the genocide weapons endlessly and preventing the UN troops from stationing in Gaza so that genocide may be committed in Gaza without restraint.
It's time for Europe to wake up in order to stop US from supporting genocide in Gaza endlessly as well as extending the Ukraine war unprecedented comparing to the first Ukraine war or else US would certainly lead to WW3 where Europe would certainly become the greatest failure unprecedented due to the misleading of untrustworthy Jews administration in US.
Without Europe's backing to the Gaze genocide criminal US, WW3 would not be realized so the dice in Europe's hand whether to instigate WW3 and destroy Europe unlike never seen before.
Anonymous on Jul 06, 2024:
The delayed handling of unfair tarriff by China encourages other countries to follow US's lead such as 200% tarriff from Indonesia, 49% from Europe, 45% tarriff from Turkey, etc.
If China reciprocated US's tarriff since the Trump's administration, the Biden's administration wouldn't dare to skyrocket tarriff for whopping 100% and yes Biden's administration sees no risk for US businesses for raising tarriff on China.
The Chinese culprit not reciprocating US's tarriff under the Trump's administration should go to jail.
US has become an example for other countries to follow against China without risk so unless China resolve the root cause of unfair tarriff coming from US, China would certainly see more and more countries following US's lead by imposing unfair tarriff against China.
The only solution is for China to reciprocate the highest tarriff imposed by US to all of the export from US without exception until US removes the unfair tarriff on China and then other countries would see the danger of reciprocating tarriff from China and consequently wouldn't follow US's misleading. Anyway, sacrificing the meaningless trading with US in order to recover the normal trading with the rest of the world is a worthy cause for China.
Anonymous on Jun 30, 2024:
Cost of living in Beijing is far more expensive than it should be especially everything basically.All prices on this list being 50% less
Anonymous on Feb 07, 2024:
China has always been a failed country but don't take my word for it just look at how Chinese citizens live their lives in poverty on a daily basis there's your answer
Anonymous on Sep 25, 2023:
You Chinese maggots need to understand your limitations.USA military hasn't been provoked yet but instead china and Russia just puppets.Both countries need to be uthanized but just remember this the USA military best in the world a professional killing machine.Terrorists is usa military saying bang bang you're dead let's dance.
Anonymous on Nov 08, 2022:
The majority of Chinese workers are broke whether they have domestic jobs or high tech jobs welcome to major poverty the Chinese government is serving it in large portions.
Anonymous on Oct 19, 2022:
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) more than 10K?Are you kidding? Or you think everyone is working as computer engineer?
Anonymous on Sep 28, 2022:
September 28,2022 $1 usd equals 7.20 cyn.Onward predictions will be $1 usd to 12 cyn by February 2023.Never mess with the richest and most powerful place on earth the USA, let's dance.
Anonymous on Feb 19, 2022:
Then there'll be a killing spree killing Chinese living in the u s which has already started fortunately. U S citizens are enjoying open season on CHINKS guaranteed.
Anonymous on Feb 19, 2022:
China economy is becoming worse by the day many large companies have left Japan will level China with its very accurate deadly fire power Taiwan has plenty now Vietnam then there's Australia with its 8 necular subs with a president that wants to destroy China. Let us not forget though the most powerful military on the planet. Everyone is tired of looking at Chinese faces unless they're face down with ashes burning. Nobody but nobody makes u s government mad because Americans never forgive or forget and also remember the u s military has killed more people than anywhere in the world. Vengeance belongs to the world against China and Vengeance will visit China without a doubt.
Anonymous on Nov 29, 2021:
The U S government and its citizens are laughing at China because we will eliminate China existence 280 billion in tarrifs will be added in December. We are going to kill every breathing thing in China watch and see punk.
Anonymous on Oct 03, 2021:
All the trade policy imposed to China from Trump's era is unfair to China so China should officially rescind all of them immediately.

All of the unfair tariffs imposed under Trump should also be demanded to be removed immediately or else China should immediately impose gold to be used in trading between China and US immediately instead of the US dollar.
Betty on Jul 27, 2021:
The average salary listed on this page is too high. According to the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Statistics, the average income is 6,356 ¥, and that is including earning assets (income from stocks, bonds, rental property, etc.) The average income from salary is only 3,980 ¥.
Anonymous on Jul 22, 2021:
Very evil China gov. , taking huge amount money from housing land that selling to citizens. How can the citizens have huge money to buy condos in cities ? Too expensive , even for developed countries citizens from USA/Canada/Japan/UK/France/German. No democracy , no freedown speech, corrupt officicals . Now China face seriously aging population that can result in shortage of young labor population ,collapsed economy .
Anonymous on Jan 04, 2021:
China has taken 3 steps back under Xi, the old Regime did a better job.
Anonymous on Jan 04, 2021:
China did better under Zhang Ze Min during the 2008 Olympics everyone respected China, in 2020 no country respects China anymore under Xi
Anonymous on Nov 13, 2020:
Oh my so many rants having nothing to do with cost of living, pity.
Anonymous on Jul 31, 2020:
Myanmar ruler, the Myanmar military once attempted to destroy China nation by supporting Japan's terrorism during WW2.
Suu Kyi, the current Myanmar government leader is the daughter of the leader and founder of the Myanmar military in Japan.

The Myanmar military has been targeting China for troubles instead of other foreign investors such as Japan, etc.
So investments as well as people from China were deliberately targeted against by the Myanmar military and many Chinese were arrested recently who were transferred to the police station by the troublemaker Myanmar military deliberately.

Not only the Myitsone dam was cancelled but also the New Yangon city project was cancelled to be divided into many small projects recently, etc.

Myitsone dam would help Myanmar a lot as Myanmar lacks electricity for its development but China should rather demand Myanmar to pay for compensation to end the almost 10 years-long suspended project because Myanmar is not worthy of China's help at all.

Dividing the new Yangon city project by the usual untrustworthy Myanmar government is also a good chance for China to cancel the project too as Myanmar is not worthy of China's help as well as the foundation of the Dala area where the new city would be built has been known to be frequently flooded too and it's also well known to be unfit for a city building since ancient time so sooner or later most new buildings would collapse one after another due to it unreliable very soft soil.

Recently the extreme greedy Myanmar raised the rice export duty to 52% so even Thailand immediately stopped importing rice from Myanmar.

Myanmar is a unreliable, crooked opportunist so China should keep its distance from Myanmar or else Chinese people would suffer of an unnecessary higher price.

China have a vast land so should be well utilized to produce rice, cattle, etc to not only sufficiently support all population in China but also should be able to export extra rice, cattle, etc to neighbouring countries cheaply so no country suffers from crooked opportunists such as from Myanmar, Vietnam, etc anymore.

China wasted 30 billions US dollar purchasing Myanmar Jade annually but Myanmar Jade emerged only after 1800 AD in China and it's totally different to the traditional Chinese Jade which emerged about 2000 years ago so Myanmar Jade has no value comparing to the traditional Chinese Jade.
So China have been cheated over 200 years of the fake Jade from Myanmar and also wasted over hundreds of billions of US dollar so far so it is time to inform all Chinese of the findings of the differences between the traditional Chinese Jade and the fake Jade from Myanmar and immediately bans the fake Jade from Myanmar from using in China.

Myanmar has been betraying China repeatedly so China should stop supporting Myanmar in UN and also stop supporting Myanmar by not purchasing gas, etc from Myanmar.
Anyway, China should keep its distance from the traitor Myanmar for good because nothing good would come out of the relationship with the traitor Myanmar.
Anonymous on Jul 23, 2020:
Japanese government is a liar.
During WW2, before entering Nanjing city in China, Japanese liar dropped leaflets from planes promising not to harm civilian but upon entering the city, Japanese liar didn't keep its promise and committed the greatest war crime far worse than what Hitler did in concentration camps against jews.

Jews were just slaughtered without being humiliated by Hitler but Chinese in Nanjing were humiliated without dignity such as being raped, tortured for pleasure of the Japanese liar, etc beyond humane nature before being slaughtered.

Thanks to the useless Chinese governments then and now that Japanese liar didn't have to compensate for all the atrocities they committed then though the then Chinese government emerged as a winner against the then Japanese liar after WW2.

History is repeating and see what happened after the Ming dynasty was being attempted to be invaded by the Japanese liar before and the result is that the Ming dynasty collapsed and if the Ming dynasty took revenge against the action of Japanese invasion then, history might be different now and the Ming dynasty might exist until today and all Japan islands might be a part of China now with no Japanese descendants left behind just like what the strongman Qianlong emperor did to the Dzungar Genocide during the Qing dynasty.