Cost of living in Beijing, China

Summary of cost of living in Beijing

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 25,135元
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 16,082元
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.

List of prices in Beijing
Current as of May 2023.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 69元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 47元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 13元
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 12元
12 eggs, large 16元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 8元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 54元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 13元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.98元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 12元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 98元
2 liters of coca-cola 10元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 14元
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 15,950元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 9,525元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 327元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 8,587元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 4,934元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 189元
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 100元
40” flat screen tv 2,348元
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 531元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 35元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 54元
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 514元
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 250元
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 621元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 878元
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 124,075元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 8元
Monthly ticket public transport 188元
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 37元
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 32元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 50元
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 276元
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 37元
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 35元
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 31元
4 rolls of toilet paper 11元
Tube of toothpaste 15元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 93元
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 248元
2 tickets to the movies 148元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,153元
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 383元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 75元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 35元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 25元
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,483元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.21元
1 month of gym membership in business district 464元
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 19元
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 155 prices entered by 22 different people.
Latest price update: May 28, 2023

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