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Housing

 

CNY

USD

EUR

GBP

 

Living in Shared apartment (2-3 people)

¥ 2000-3500

$ 325-570

€ 235-417

£ 195-340

Living in Private apartment Studio

¥ 3000-5000

$ 490-815

€ 355-595

£ 293-490

Living In an apartment with 1 bedroom

¥ 3500-6000

$ 570-980

€ 417-715

£ 340-587

Average monthly bills

¥ 200

$ 32

€ 24

£ 20

 

Transportation

 

CNY

USD

EUR

GBP

 

Taxi 5mins

¥ 15

$ 2.45

€ 1.8

£ 1.4

Taxi 20 mins

¥ 25

$ 4

€ 2.9

£ 2.45

Taxi 30 mins

¥ 35

$ 5.7

€ 4.17

£ 3.4

Subway

¥ 3-10

$ 0.5-1.6

€ 0.4-1.4

£ 0.3-1

Public Bus

¥ 1

$ 0.16

€ 0.14

£ 0.11

New bicycle

¥ 200-300

$ 32-50

€ 24-35

£ 20-29

 

Food

 

CNY

USD

EUR

GBP

 

Chinese food meal for 1 person

¥ 15

$ 2.45

€ 1.8

£ 1.4

Chinese food in tourist restaurants

¥ 30-50

$ 4.9-8

€ 3.5-6

£ 3-4.9

Subway special

¥ 15

$ 2.45

€ 1.8

£ 1.4

Big Mac

¥ 15

$ 2.45

€ 1.8

£ 1.4

Jian Bing (Local breakfast)

¥ 5

$ 0.8

€ 0.6

£ 0.5

 

Drinks

 

CNY

USD

EUR

GBP

 

Can of Coke

¥ 3

$ 0.49

€ 0.35

£ 0.29

Starbucks small coffee

¥ 27

$ 4.4

€ 3.2

£ 2.6

Yan Jing beer

¥ 3-5

$ 0.49-0.8

€ 0.35-0.6

£ 0.29-0.5

Bottle of water

¥ 2

$ 0.33

€ 0.2

£ 0.19

Bottle of wine

¥ 30-100

$ 4.9-16

€ 3.5-12

£ 3-9.8

 

Other

 

CNY

USD

EUR

GBP

 

Entry to night clubs

Free

Free

Free

Free

Cocktail in a night club

¥ 50

$ 8

€ 6

£ 4.9

Beer in a night club

¥ 20-40

$ 3.2-6.4

€ 2.4-4.7

£ 1.9-3.9

Hair cut

¥ 30-70

$ 4.9-12

€ 3.5-8.3

£ 3-6.85

Entrance fee for touristic places

¥ 40-200

$ 6.5-32

€ 4.7-24

£ 3.9-20

Entrance fee at local parks

¥ 2-5

$ 0.33-0.8

€ 0.2-0.8

£ 0.19-0.5

Average monthly phone bill

¥ 50

$ 8

€ 6

£ 4.9

 

 

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Living in China is cheap overall. Food and daily costs are relatively low compared to western countries. However, there is one expense that stands out in comparison to average incomes – housing. Buying an apartment in China at today’s inflated prices would take the average Chinese person 120-300 years! Luckily, most Chinese people can depend on their parents to give them an apartment when they get married. Their parents were able to buy housing when it was more reasonable and that housing has since appreciated in value giving the children a valuable asset that they can then pass on to their children. The moral of the story is if you’re looking to buy a house in China, either work hard to get an above average salary or treat your parents’ right!