Living in China

If you plan to move to China, then you must be very curious to know the cost of living and lifestyle over there. The cost of living in China can vary hugely depending on the cities, regions as well as the lifestyle you choose.

Cost of Renting in China: $300 – $500 per month 

Well, over in China, you can pay as little as $300 and as much as $700 per month depending on where you live. The major cities will have the higher rents, while the outskirts of the city are much cheaper.

Cost of Food in China: $100 – $150 per month

Food in China can be very cheap, but it also depends on what you are buying.

How cheap it can be?

For basic grocery, rice is approximately costing $10 for a five-kilogram bag. Cooking oil is pricey, and chicken is reasonably priced at about $8 per kilogram.  You can pick up many different fruits and vegetables for less than $10 per week.

It is very possible to purchase all the groceries that you need for one week in China for $30 or less and actually still have food left over for the following week!

Cost of Transportation in China: $30 – $50 per month

Most of the time, schools will usually try to arrange your apartment near where you work, especially if you are not in a metropolitan cities like BeijingShanghai, the apartment that you live in when you are in China is so close to the school that you can easily walk there every day. By walking to your school,  you can save a lot of money on transportation costs.

The buses are incredibly cheap, so even if you couldn’t walk to your school, you could do it for less than a dollar (10 to 30 cents) each way.

The subway is a little more expensive (still fairly cheap though!), but worthwhile if your destination is further away. Subway costs can be about 50 cents to 1 dollar, depending on how far you’re going.

Taxis are more expensive, like everywhere else in the world. But it’s most certainly worth it when you need to get somewhere faster. You can also try your luck with Didi. If you are in a hurry, the price tag is totally worth it.

Cost of Entertainment in China

A ticket to one of the new English language films will only cost you a couple dollars and there are plenty of other things that you can do for just as little.

Dining out with friends and colleagues and participating in enthusiastic karaoke fun are the two most popular entertainment options after work. Both of them don’t really cost much money.

Cost of Living in China Depends on Your Location

There’s usually a noticeable difference among these cities in terms of the average salary rates, cost of living standard, city infrastructure and business opportunities etc. Therefore, choosing different cities to live in China also results in different salary and cost of living.

P.S: China has a unique tier system for all cities, and it’s used as a point of reference to refer to different economical development levels.

Tier 1 cities refer to metropolitan cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen; New Tier 1 cities are the emerging capital cites with high growth rate, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Wuhan are in this category; Tier 2 cities are usually the normal capital cities in a province, or big cities with good economical development level (e.g., Xiamen, Changchun, Haikou etc.); Tier 3 cities are even smaller cities comparing to Tier 2 cities.

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