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 much lower. 

Remember: You can live cheaply by eating local food and using local brands of clothing and electronic devices. Western food and western brands of clothing can cost a lot more and reduce your savings.


  • Can of pop: 1.70 RMB

  • Pack of cigarettes: ~5 RMB 

  • Subway fare: 3-9 RMB

  • Taxi Fare: ~30 RMB

  • Big Mac Combo meal: 15-20 RMB 

  • Regular Chinese Meal: 10-20 RMB

  • Groceries Milk (1 litre):17 RMB

  • Dozen eggs: 15 RMB

  • Loaf of white bread RMB 5-10 RMB

  • Rice (1kg): 7 RMB

  • Chinese Noodles (500g):  5RMB

  • Cappuccino: 15 RMB

  • Bottle of beer: 3 RMB

  • Three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant 150 RMB

  • Uncapped ADSL Internet per month 130 RMB

  • Utilities (average per month for standard household for electricity, gas, water etc.) 250 RMB

  • Mineral water (0.5L)  1.5 RMB

  • Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless) (1KG)  15 RMB

  • Gasoline (1 L) 6 RMB