Cost of living in Xiamen, China

Summary of cost of living in Xiamen

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 16,403元
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 7,705元
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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List of prices in Xiamen, China. Current as of May 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 63元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 29元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 14元
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 14元
12 eggs, large 16元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 6元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 40元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 11元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 9元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 5.26元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 89元
2 liters of coca-cola 7元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 12元
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 5,665元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 3,914元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 283元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 4,333元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 2,425元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 150元
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 110元
40” flat screen tv 3,139元
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 319元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 28元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 34元
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 750元
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 338元
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 794元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 387元
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 187,300元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7元
Monthly ticket public transport 81元
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 29元
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 12元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 30元
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 150元
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 22元
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 25元
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 45元
4 rolls of toilet paper 10元
Tube of toothpaste 8元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 90元
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 128元
2 tickets to the movies 105元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,290元
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 358元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 53元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 32元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 25元
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,500元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.47元
1 month of gym membership in business district 515元
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 15元
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 24 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: May 27, 2020

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