Cost of living in Beijing, China

Summary of cost of living in Beijing

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 25,546元
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 16,688元
  • Cost of living in Beijing is more expensive than in 73% of cities in Asia (8 out of 26)
  • Cost of living in Beijing is cheaper than in 54% of cities in the World (146 out of 271)
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List of prices in Beijing
Current as of May 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 33元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 35元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 13元
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 13元
12 eggs, large 14元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 10元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 44元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 12元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.85元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 7元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 86元
2 liters of coca-cola 9元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 13元
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 17,158元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 9,728元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 232元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 7,728元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 4,546元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 179元
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 147元
40” flat screen tv 2,308元
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 511元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 33元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 68元
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 502元
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 285元
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 593元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 810元
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 160,000元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 8元
Monthly ticket public transport 222元
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 40元
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) 281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.) 32元
4 rolls of toilet paper 10元
Tube of toothpaste 12元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 106元
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 237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 270元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 75元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 31元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 11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 401元
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 21元
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 129 prices entered by 20 different people.
Latest price update: May 24, 2022

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