Cost of living in Beijing, China

Summary of cost of living in Beijing

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 22,345元
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 13,853元
  • Cost of living in Beijing is more expensive than in 68% of cities in Asia (7 out of 19)
  • Cost of living in Beijing is cheaper than in 65% of cities in the World (167 out of 258)

List of prices in Beijing, China. Current as of Apr 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 56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 12元
12 eggs, large 15元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.88元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 53元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 13元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.65元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 4.78元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 93元
2 liters of coca-cola 8元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 12元
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 13,139元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 7,972元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 319元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 9,825元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 5,703元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 256元
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 86元
40” flat screen tv 2,218元
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 579元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 35元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 40元
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 534元
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 265元
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 578元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 685元
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 130,263元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7元
Monthly ticket public transport 161元
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 35元
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 34元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 56元
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 267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 11元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 92元
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 186元
2 tickets to the movies 110元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,283元
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 449元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 71元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 36元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 27元
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,287元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.85元
1 month of gym membership in business district 457元
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 22元
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 539 prices entered by 69 different people.
Latest price update: April 02, 2020

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