Living Cost in Shanghai
Shanghai is one of China’s most expensive cities and you can quickly wind up paying much the same as in the West, if not more. Just as reference, the tables below show some information of Shanghai’s price level.

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Restaurant

Average

Equal USD

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

26.93 CNY

4.10 USD

Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course

164.33 CNY

24.99 USD

Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar

24.25 CNY

3.69 USD

Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)

10.54 CNY

1.60 USD

Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)

18.75 CNY

2.85 USD

Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)

3.78 CNY

0.58 USD

Water (0.33 liter bottle)

2.74 CNY

0.42 USD


Market

Average

Equal USD

Milk (regular), 1 liter

11.07 CNY

1.68 USD

Loaf of Fresh Bread

10.97 CNY

1.67 USD

Eggs (12)

9.38 CNY

1.43 USD

Fresh Cheese (1kg)

122.87 CNY

18.69 USD

Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg)

17.20 CNY

2.62 USD

Water (1.5 liter bottle)

6.43 CNY

0.98 USD

Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)

125.97 CNY

19.16 USD

Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)

4.03 CNY

0.61 USD

Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)

13.27 CNY

2.02 USD

Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)

14.20 CNY

2.16 USD


Transportation

Average

Equal USD

One-way Ticket (local transport)

3.45 CNY

0.52 USD

Monthly Pass

167.41 CNY

25.46 USD

Taxi (5km within center)

17.98 CNY

2.74 USD

Gasoline (1 liter)

6.24 CNY

0.95 USD


Utilities (Monthly)

Average

Equal USD

Basic (Electricity, Gas, Water, Garbage)

192.98 CNY

29.35 USD

1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff (no discounts or plans)

0.45 CNY

0.07 USD

Internet (4 Mbps, Flat Rate, Cable/ADSL)

130.23 CNY

19.81 USD


Sports and Leisure

Average

Equal USD

Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult

153.37 CNY

23.33 USD

Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)

79.74 CNY

12.13 USD

Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat

84.29 CNY

12.82 USD


Clothing and Shoes

Average

Equal USD

1 Pair of Levis 501

616.06 CNY

93.70 USD

1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...)

847.41 CNY

128.89 USD

1 Pair of Nike Shoes

850.89 CNY

129.42 USD

1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes

547.65 CNY

83.29 USD