Cost of living in Beijing, China

Summary of cost of living in Beijing

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 21,811元
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 13,279元
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List of prices in Beijing, China. Current as of Mar 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 55元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 38元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 12元
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 11元
12 eggs, large 13元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.89元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 62元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 15元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.20元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 5.16元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 90元
2 liters of coca-cola 9元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 12元
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 11,891元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 8,077元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 310元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 9,549元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 5,656元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 256元
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 80元
40” flat screen tv 2,392元
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 543元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 33元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 45元
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 570元
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 249元
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 599元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 689元
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 131,114元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7元
Monthly ticket public transport 186元
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 39元
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 36元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 49元
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 250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.) 36元
4 rolls of toilet paper 8元
Tube of toothpaste 12元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 98元
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 214元
2 tickets to the movies 112元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,136元
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 442元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 74元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 38元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 31元
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,319元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.81元
1 month of gym membership in business district 432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 181 prices entered by 38 different people.
Latest price update: March 03, 2021

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