Cost of Living in Shenzhen

Summary about cost of living in Shenzhen, China:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 31.00 ¥ 20.00-50.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 200.00 ¥ 150.00-400.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 35.00 ¥ 30.00-40.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 10.00 ¥ 5.00-20.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 20.00 ¥ 12.00-30.00
Cappuccino (regular) 30.41 ¥ 11.00-35.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.36 ¥ 3.00-4.50
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.55 ¥ 2.00-3.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 60.28 ¥ 41.64-75.71
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 12.90 ¥ 7.26-20.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.81 ¥ 2.72-5.44
Eggs (regular) (12) 16.57 ¥ 11.40-24.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 29.16 ¥ 15.88-50.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 16.54 ¥ 9.07-30.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 42.54 ¥ 18.14-60.00
Apples (1 lb) 7.61 ¥ 2.72-10.00
Banana (1 lb) 5.09 ¥ 4.08-8.16
Oranges (1 lb) 8.10 ¥ 5.44-11.34
Tomato (1 lb) 5.56 ¥ 2.72-9.07
Potato (1 lb) 3.96 ¥ 1.81-6.80
Onion (1 lb) 5.06 ¥ 3.63-6.80
Lettuce (1 head) 5.00 ¥ 3.00-9.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 5.36 ¥ 3.00-10.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 150.00 ¥ 70.00-250.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 7.00 ¥ 5.00-11.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 14.25 ¥ 10.00-20.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 25.00 ¥ 20.00-30.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.00 ¥ 2.00-6.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 150.00 ¥ 100.00-300.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 10.00 ¥ 10.00-13.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.86 ¥ 3.22-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 48.00 ¥ 30.00-80.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 27.25 ¥ 24.98-30.28
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 150,000.00 ¥ 137,000.00-160,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 138,828.57 ¥ 120,000.00-160,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 465.28 ¥ 300.00-944.44
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.18 ¥ 0.10-0.20
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 128.95 ¥ 80.00-250.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 269.64 ¥ 150.00-500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 103.38 ¥ 50.00-147.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 50.00 ¥ 40.00-70.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 4,300.00 ¥ 2,500.00-6,666.67
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 160,769.23 ¥ 100,000.00-230,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 421.43 ¥ 298.00-680.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 257.15 ¥ 150.00-300.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 621.95 ¥ 400.00-800.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 663.55 ¥ 400.00-800.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 5,547.83 ¥ 3,500.00-7,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 3,263.64 ¥ 2,000.00-5,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 11,109.09 ¥ 8,000.00-18,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 7,300.00 ¥ 5,500.00-11,500.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 9,339.28 ¥ 7,432.18-13,935.34
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 5,436.64 ¥ 4,459.31-7,432.18
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 8,528.73 ¥
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.19 4.90-6.00

Prices in Shenzhen

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Last update: November 2020
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14 Comments so far
Monica on Jul 23, 2020:
Hi, i have been offered a teaching job for 24000 Yuan / month. I am coming from Canada. Is that a reasonable salary? Will I be able to save money?
Kerrie Mayo on Feb 21, 2020:
HI ya, Im looking at a job that will pay 250,000 Y per year and will be based in Shenzen, is this affordable to live in the city and how much taxes do you pay?
What's the average rent per month
Bale on Nov 25, 2019:
My salary is 10,000 CNY per month. what do you think is it possible to survive with this salary in Shenzhen?
#Angela on Jul 11, 2018:
Hi, I plan to move to Shenzhen for two years. It's supposed that I will earn approximately 12.000 CNY per month. Could you please tell me if you know the % that I have to pay for taxes?
glo on Dec 15, 2017:
Hi, my family and I and are planning on moving to Shenzhen - Shekou for work. My wife and I will both work and earn each approximately USD60K. School covers rent. What is the potential savings we could expect? We have one child who will be enrolled at school and his tuition will also be covered by the school.
Van Carb on Sep 17, 2017:
Hi Nicholas it quite a good salary to live in SZ. btw, would you mind telling the company's name?
Nicholas on Aug 29, 2017:
Hey, want to get some advise for the daily rate of USD500 enough to survive for a single westerner IT Consultant in Shenzhen, the company does not provide the accommodation, transportation and annual home-land ticket. Hence with this amount would be estimated around USD10500 per month.
Kevin on Aug 04, 2017:
Hi James, girls are expensive but worth it. Do not accept any job in the tech industry for less than ¥100k. Shenzhen is expensive but there is plenty of fun to be had if you have a decent salary.
James on Jul 20, 2017:
Hey, I got an offer for a job in Shenzhen paying 100k a month. Will it be enough to live like a westerners and hook up with girls every week?
Zhe Zheng on Jul 05, 2017:
A family of 4, living a middle class life comparable to the US would cost you somewhere between 20k to 50k RMB a month. Really depends on where you live in the city. in the center, by the sea, you'll pay 20k or more just for rent. Live in the outer city, you pay less than 10k, and everything is much cheaper. For a single person, it would cost you 10k to 20k, I think.
Andrew on May 10, 2017:
I am offered a position in SZ for CNY 87000 per month but I have to pay for my apartment. Is this a reasonable salary? I am currently living in Japan and earning more than that but the cost of living here is higher.
Is it true that it's difficult to hook up with local single women there?
Thanks!
Anonymous on Apr 28, 2017:
China has the highest population of scammers and selfish people in the world.
Anonymous on Feb 21, 2017:
There is no life,here.
It's just work,eat,sleep,repeat.
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-primium-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. I am in GZ, not in SZ, but average price is similar now, according to this site...