Cost of Living in Chengdu

Summary about cost of living in Chengdu, China:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 ¥ 12.00-45.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 ¥ 70.00-200.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 35.00 ¥ 30.00-40.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.50 ¥ 5.00-10.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 20.00 ¥ 15.00-30.00
Cappuccino (regular) 25.33 ¥ 15.00-35.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.11 ¥ 2.50-5.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.00 ¥ 2.00-3.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 51.82 ¥ 37.85-64.35
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 9.17 ¥ 6.35-22.68
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.23 ¥ 1.81-5.44
Eggs (regular) (12) 13.09 ¥ 8.00-18.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 63.50 ¥ 45.36-113.40
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 15.65 ¥ 6.35-27.22
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 35.20 ¥ 22.68-50.00
Apples (1 lb) 5.96 ¥ 2.27-11.34
Banana (1 lb) 4.92 ¥ 3.63-9.07
Oranges (1 lb) 4.48 ¥ 1.81-9.07
Tomato (1 lb) 3.91 ¥ 1.81-6.80
Potato (1 lb) 2.14 ¥ 0.45-3.18
Onion (1 lb) 2.57 ¥ 1.81-3.63
Lettuce (1 head) 3.07 ¥ 2.00-5.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 4.33 ¥ 2.50-10.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 80.00 ¥ 50.00-150.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 6.07 ¥ 4.55-11.43
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 13.06 ¥ 7.00-20.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 18.00 ¥ 18.00-22.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.75 ¥ 2.00-4.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 160.00 ¥ 100.00-250.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 9.00 ¥ 8.00-10.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 ¥ 3.06-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 ¥ 24.00-50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 26.95 ¥ 25.55-30.28
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) 136,250.00 ¥ 120,000.00-150,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 296.38 ¥ 150.00-500.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.15 ¥ 0.10-0.20
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 105.75 ¥ 80.00-200.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 237.50 ¥ 100.00-400.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 61.67 ¥ 50.00-60.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 40.00 ¥ 40.00-50.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,738.10 ¥ 1,500.00-4,166.67
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 83,333.33 ¥ 40,000.00-190,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 500.00 ¥ 250.00-900.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 186.80 ¥ 100.00-400.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 562.50 ¥ 300.00-700.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 800.00 ¥ 400.00-1,500.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,476.92 ¥ 1,500.00-4,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,507.69 ¥ 1,100.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 5,208.33 ¥ 3,000.00-11,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,041.67 ¥ 2,200.00-5,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 2,430.94 ¥ 1,858.05-3,251.58
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,317.52 ¥ 929.02-1,672.24
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,640.91 ¥
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.07 4.00-5.60

Prices in Chengdu

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Last update: April 2021
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7 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.