Cost of Living in Guangzhou

Summary about cost of living in Guangzhou, China:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 ¥ 15.00-35.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 150.00 ¥ 100.00-260.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 30.00 ¥ 30.00-35.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 10.00 ¥ 5.00-25.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 20.00 ¥ 15.00-35.00
Cappuccino (regular) 27.69 ¥ 15.00-44.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.82 ¥ 3.00-5.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.38 ¥ 2.00-4.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 50.29 ¥ 37.48-68.14
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 9.07 ¥ 8.16-18.14
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.85 ¥ 1.81-3.63
Eggs (regular) (12) 13.36 ¥ 9.36-15.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 35.11 ¥ 22.68-72.57
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 15.12 ¥ 11.34-15.88
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 36.67 ¥ 26.94-45.36
Apples (1 lb) 7.64 ¥ 4.54-9.07
Banana (1 lb) 4.31 ¥ 2.72-6.80
Oranges (1 lb) 6.20 ¥ 2.99-13.61
Tomato (1 lb) 3.78 ¥ 1.36-5.44
Potato (1 lb) 3.33 ¥ 2.27-5.44
Onion (1 lb) 3.25 ¥ 2.27-4.17
Lettuce (1 head) 5.62 ¥ 1.50-10.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 4.66 ¥ 3.00-8.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 55.00 ¥ 50.00-80.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 6.67 ¥ 5.00-8.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 13.83 ¥ 12.00-15.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 25.00 ¥ 20.00-30.00
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 ¥ 2.00-4.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 150.00 ¥ 80.00-260.87
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 12.00 ¥ 11.00-15.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.18 ¥ 3.22-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 44.00 ¥ 32.00-50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 26.83 ¥ 21.96-30.28
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 150,000.00 ¥ 130,000.00-158,900.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 124,550.00 ¥ 117,800.00-135,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 340.69 ¥ 200.00-500.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.16 ¥ 0.10-0.20
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 130.38 ¥ 96.00-200.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 244.58 ¥ 120.00-300.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 100.00 ¥ 70.00-150.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 60.00 ¥ 40.00-85.00
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 3,194.06 ¥ 1,666.67-5,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 107,603.08 ¥ 50,000.00-180,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 453.94 ¥ 200.00-700.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 230.12 ¥ 100.00-320.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 563.94 ¥ 300.00-800.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 509.38 ¥ 299.00-850.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 4,465.22 ¥ 3,000.00-7,800.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,168.18 ¥ 1,500.00-3,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 8,204.55 ¥ 6,000.00-12,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 4,441.67 ¥ 3,000.00-7,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 6,244.39 ¥ 5,109.62-9,290.23
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 3,029.42 ¥ 2,322.56-3,716.09
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 7,511.11 ¥
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.28 4.50-6.00

Prices in Guangzhou

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12 Comments so far
Jayanth on Sep 09, 2020:
May I know what is the average salary for a development lead in Guangzhou and what’s the max I can demand for as a foreigner . Can any one suggest
Jack on Mar 03, 2020:
Guangzhou is now between 20 biggest urban areas in the world so the prices of apartments are normal; but salaries are not enough to compare with US or European countries.
Riccardo on Mar 02, 2020:
I read 26k usd is enough to live, so getting 70-90k usd is very very good, correct?
kamran on Dec 12, 2017:
what will be the rent of one bedroom apartment in liwan or haizhu district? i mean the cheapest one
and what will be the price of daily expenses per month.
i m planing to open a restaurent business in liwan district? can any one here guide me plz
Aaron on Oct 06, 2017:
to Patrick: It varies a lot family to family.

You can survive with 60k RMB or you want to live like a middle class Chinese, then somewhere around 130K RMB.
But usually a foreigner knows little about where to shop and bargain and probably travel more often than local Chinese I would say 180K RMB is needed to live comfortable. So it's about USD $26000. But you won't be able to save a lot.
Patrick on Apr 25, 2017:
to Asadar: Whats the annual cost to live in Guangzhou?

~ Two bed room apartment
~ Family of two
Admin on Feb 27, 2017:
Asadar, please add those links under Sources and References. Also, you can email us directly at
Asadar on Feb 18, 2017:
to Admin: I know what you mean, as I am an expat. I am PhD now and stayed here 4 years to do my PhD study. And I have 4 kids, so you can assume that I know what I( am talking' bout.
The kindergarten I have mentioned with the price 2500 per month is the one aimed at 'expats and those who are rich' and I can give you some examples of EXACT kindergartens for foreigners with the prices much lower than 12k.
As for the 'international schools': you can go to the school at (or nearby) your countries embassy and it will be cheap, really. That is the case for many post-Soviet countries. And, if you're an embassy worker, it will be even free of charge for you.
Asadar on Feb 18, 2017:
Now, the rent.
If you want to stay in the complex with 24|7 security, underground parking, swimming pool, videophones, own infrastructure, that's fine, but, again. than you need to compare it with similar class in EU and|or US and it will be either premium or elite class real estate (business class, at least). Don't you thing this is a sort of the wrong comparison model?
You can find a 3-br 'flat' in traditional Chinese house for as much as 700-1000 RMB (outside of the city center, but there WILL be a subway station in like 10 minutes walking distance), the total area will be like 70 sq.m. OR you can even find a room for 300, that will be a small one(like 10-12 sq.m.), but anyway.
Or you can (and that's what we did) rent a furnished 130 sq.m. flat in the modern complex with it's own territory, guards, pool, etc for as much as 3k per month. Again, that's Huangpu, not Tianhe, but anyway. And somewhat like 400 yuan per month you will pay for the management, there is no such fee in traditional houses.
Admin on Feb 18, 2017:
Asadar, there are expat kindergartens (for foreigners), where they speak English. They are more expensive than Chinese kindergartens. For China, there are more expats (high-profile) entering prices than locals.
Anonymous on Feb 18, 2017:
Moreover, all the other prices are irrealistic and way high. Here are some examples.
1. Rice. This is a standard food here, not "bread" or "cheese". It is easy to find the rice for 2.40-2.60 per 500g in almost ANY supermarket, not mentioning the marketplaces. That's 5 per kilo, not 10
2. EGGS. I am buying for somewhat like 3.50-4 per 500g, you need to pick up yourself and weight 'em as those which are packed (like 6-pack 10-pack, etc) are enormously expensive and no one is buying 'em (except foreigners, probably).
3. Bananas. In ALL the shops nearby I see the price 1.5-2 per 500g, so where did this 9 per kilo came from??? Is this some sort of a 'special imported bananas, much better ans sweeter?'
4. Clothes. Have you heard anything about Taobao? You can find a pair of jeans for like 30 yuan there, if you're scared about quality, you pay 60 -and that's it!
Potato is overpriced, chicken breasts are overpriced. Even bread! Go to Auchan and you can see lotsa bread in a price range 4.5-7 per 500g. So, if you know where to buy (or, actually, where NOT to buy), the real purchasing power of your salary will be at least 1.5x higher than you expect based on the digits here.
Asadar on Feb 18, 2017:
The person who has added the prices for childcare is out of his|her mind, probably.
In the district I live I have plenty of kindergartens, both private and public ones, and the price vary from 650-800 (the cheapest one AND the public) to 2500 (like "all-is-there-premium-clildcare) yuan per month (full day, 7am-5pm, 3 meals). For 3500-4000 an agency can find a babysitter for you (again,full day, and optionally she will cook and clean). So 12k per month as an AVERAGE price? you gotta be kidding. Huangpu district of Guangzhou