How much do things cost in China? How much will I be able to save?
These are good questions and good information to have before deciding on a job. See below to get examples of expenses. These prices are based on Beijing. Outside of Beijing, costs will be lower.
Remember: You can live cheaply by eating local food. Western food can cost a lot more and reduce your savings.
- Can of pop: $0.30 USD
- Pack of cigarettes: $0.90 USD
- Subway fare: $0.30 - $1.20 USD
- Taxi Fare: $5.00 – 10.00 USD
- Big Mac Combo meal: $2.50 USD
- Regular Chinese Combo: $2.00 USD
- Groceries Milk (1 litre) RMB 17
- Dozen eggs RMB 16
- Loaf of white bread RMB 15
- Rice (1kg) RMB 7
- Cappuccino RMB 30
- Bottle of beer RMB 20
- Three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant RMB 200
- Uncapped ADSL Internet per month 130 RMB
- Utilities (average per month for standard household for electricity, gas, water etc.) 400 RMB