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Cost of Living in Chengdu

Summary about cost of living in Chengdu:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 ¥ 15.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 120.00 ¥ 80.00-160.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 30.00 ¥ 30.00-40.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.50 ¥ 5.00-15.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 25.00 ¥ 15.00-30.00
Cappuccino (regular) 27.77 ¥ 18.00-35.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.58 ¥ 2.50-5.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.00 ¥ 2.00-2.50
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 49.83 ¥ 40.00-68.14
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 9.56 ¥ 6.35-22.68
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.55 ¥ 2.27-5.44
Eggs (regular) (12) 14.27 ¥ 8.00-20.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 54.43 ¥ 36.29-113.40
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 12.60 ¥ 9.98-16.33
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 32.51 ¥ 29.48-36.29
Apples (1 lb) 6.96 ¥ 3.63-11.34
Banana (1 lb) 4.54 ¥ 3.63-5.44
Oranges (1 lb) 5.75 ¥ 3.63-9.07
Tomato (1 lb) 4.54 ¥ 1.81-7.26
Potato (1 lb) 2.12 ¥ 0.45-2.72
Onion (1 lb) 2.87 ¥ 1.81-4.54
Lettuce (1 head) 3.33 ¥ 1.00-5.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 5.40 ¥ 4.00-9.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 60.00 ¥ 50.00-100.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.39 ¥ 5.00-6.58
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 12.50 ¥ 7.00-20.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 18.00 ¥ 18.00-18.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 ¥ 2.00-4.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 100.00 ¥ 100.00-220.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 8.00 ¥ 8.00-9.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 ¥ 3.06-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 ¥ 27.00-50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 26.95 ¥ 25.55-30.28
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 135,000.00 ¥ 120,000.00-150,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 121,560.00 ¥ 110,000.00-140,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 292.74 ¥ 200.00-425.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.15 ¥ 0.05-0.20
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 119.80 ¥ 80.00-200.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 201.39 ¥ 100.00-400.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 55.00 ¥ 40.00-100.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 40.00 ¥ 40.00-50.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 3,261.36 ¥ 1,200.00-6,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 91,875.00 ¥ 35,000.00-190,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 508.33 ¥ 300.00-800.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 257.27 ¥ 150.00-399.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 595.36 ¥ 450.00-800.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 762.50 ¥ 400.00-1,200.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,092.86 ¥ 1,500.00-3,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,578.12 ¥ 1,000.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,207.14 ¥ 2,700.00-6,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,732.27 ¥ 2,000.00-4,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 2,105.78 ¥ 1,672.24-2,787.07
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,199.99 ¥ 929.02-1,393.53
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,530.00 ¥
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.17 4.90-5.64

Prices in Chengdu

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Last update: October 2019
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8 Comments so far

#Derek on Apr 26, 2019 :
Mikassa, I don't know about other parts of Sichuan but 1500 RMB per month is not sufficient to live in Chengdu. It's a great city, but there's a lot of disparity in wealth. You need 6000-7000 rmb per month to live okay, including 2500 rmb per month for a 1-bedroom apartment. Okay means go out with friends twice a week, taxi to and from restaurant, etc. There's a lot of wealth in Chengdu, so depends on your lifestyle. The pollution comes and goes, it's pretty decent air and a great city for young people.
#Mikassa on Mar 29, 2019 :
Is 1500 rmb enough to live without rent in sichuan, china ?
#Federico on Jul 07, 2018 :
I'm running my own import company, taxes are related at the product category. At the beginning, the basic taxation can be around 3% if your company income is under certain levels. Accounting services are around 300 ~ 1500 yuan month. There is air pollution, but not constant. You can find apartments starting from 1500 yuan or less for 60 ~ 80 sqm, looking at peripheral areas, served by subway or bus. You can have daily meals from 15 yuan or less, looking at local snacks.
#Dean on Apr 12, 2018 :
How much tax do sole traders pay when running their own business?

How much do accountant services cost for doing taxes?
#thot on Mar 01, 2018 :
How is the air polution? Is that a big problem?
#Holly on Oct 02, 2017 :
Spring 2017. 850 yuan for room or 1800 for an apartment outside the centre. Subway on average 4yuan. Plain noodles from 6yuan, groceries for 1 meal from 12yuan. Cheaper twice as much as other 2nd tier cities are, Chengdu salaries are low. Like 5~6000CNY. With rent you can survive on 4000CNY, but it is the line.
#A on Sep 03, 2017 :
13000 is enough. I think you could save about 5000 of that pretty easily. It depends on your lifestyle of course.

I'm quite frugal and spent only about 2000 per month when I was living out in a suburb. I didn't eat out much and I had roommates.
#J on Apr 07, 2017 :
Is 13000rmb a month enough to live in chengdu after taxes?