Beijing Prices

Last updated: May 2008

I've compiled a list of prices -for everyday items so you can get an idea of the cost of living in Beijing. If you keep away from Western grocery stores you can live for pretty cheap, especially compared to the world's other major capitals.

Accommodation

Items Price Converted
Leo Hostel - Bed in 12 Bed Dorm ¥45.00 Loading
Leo Hostel - Bed in 4 Bed Dorm Ensuite ¥70.00 Loading
Leo Hostel - Twin Room ¥200.00 Loading
Rend Lantern House - Single Room ¥140.00 Loading

Transportation

Items Price Converted
Subway - One Way Trip to Anywhere ¥2.00 Loading
Bus Fare ¥1 Loading
Taxi Ride - 20 Minute Journey ¥35.00 Loading
Airport Shuttle ¥ Loading
Electric Bike ¥1500.00 Loading

Attractions

Items Price Converted
Temple ¥ Loading
Forbidden City ¥ Loading
Summer Palace ¥ Loading

Entertainment

Items Price Converted
Pirated DVD ¥5.00 Loading
Cinema Ticket ¥ Loading

Groceries

Items Price Converted
Lettuce ¥1.06 Loading
Banana ¥2.29 Loading
Tomato ¥1.80 Loading
Milk - 1L ¥16.40 Loading
Tin of Baked Beans ¥11.90 Loading
Tin of Tuna ¥16.50 Loading
Chocolate Ice Cream - 500ml ¥11.90 Loading
Half Loaf of Bread ¥4.80 Loading
Carton of Grape Juice ¥9.60 Loading
Watermelon - 500g ¥1.78 Loading
Bananas - 500g ¥9.90 Loading
Pineapple - 500g ¥5.00 Loading
Orange Juice - 1L ¥18.50 Loading
Cucumber - 500g ¥2.60 Loading
Eggplant - 500g ¥2.80 Loading
Cauliflower - 500g ¥4.10 Loading
Garlic x 5 ¥3.70 Loading
Large Eggs x 12 ¥14.50 Loading
Butter - 200g ¥22.20 Loading
Broccoli - 1kg ¥6.98 Loading
Spinach - 500g ¥2.65 Loading
Onions - 500g ¥3.20 Loading
Potatoes - 500g ¥3.50 Loading
Tomatoes - 500g ¥4.30 Loading
Green Peppers - 500g ¥2.80 Loading

Western Groceries

Items Price Converted
Cheddar Cheese - 500g ¥45.60 Loading
Tasty/Edam/Mild Cheese - 250g ¥38.00 Loading
Feta - 200g ¥74.00 Loading
Kraft Mayonaise - 532ml ¥35.60 Loading
Frenchs Mustard - 226g ¥16.80 Loading
Tortillas - 6 ¥20.60 Loading
Sour Cream - 420g ¥31.50 Loading
Old El Paso Salsa - 680g ¥39.80 Loading
Spaghetti - 500g ¥11.90 Loading
Ragu Spaghetti Sauce - 737g ¥28.60 Loading
Hagendaas Ice Cream - 500ml ¥75.00 Loading
Sweet Chili Sauce - 200ml ¥18.90 Loading
Thai Curry Paste - 100ml ¥13.50 Loading

Health & Beauty

Items Price Converted
Listerine Mouth Wash 250ml ¥ Loading
Colgate Toothbrush ¥ Loading
Colgate Toothpaste 100ml ¥ Loading
Gilliette Mach 3 Razor ¥ Loading
Gillette Venus Razer ¥ Loading
Shaving Foam ¥ Loading
Bar of Soap ¥ Loading
Clean and Clear Face Wash - 100ml ¥ Loading
Shower Gel - 100ml ¥ Loading
Herbal Essence Shampoo - 250ml ¥ Loading
Herbal Essence Conditioner - 250ml ¥ Loading
Nivea Sunscreen - 200ml ¥ Loading
Nice N Easy Hair Dye ¥ Loading

Snacks

Items Price Converted
Water - 550ml ¥2.00 Loading
Water - 1.5L ¥4.30 Loading
Coke - Can ¥1.80 Loading
Coke - 2L ¥5.40 Loading
Ice Cream Bar ¥4.00 Loading
Nestea - 480ml ¥2.20 Loading
Lays Chips - Medium Bag ¥3.20 Loading
Snickers Bar ¥4.60 Loading

Booze

Items Price Converted
Big Bottle of Tsingtao Beer ¥4.60 Loading
Big Bottle of Yuan... ¥2.60 Loading
Small Bottle of Corona ¥8.80 Loading
Small Bottle of Budweiser ¥6.90 Loading
Can of Budweiser ¥6.50 Loading
Bottle of Red Square ¥11.00 Loading
Gordons Dry Gin - 70cl ¥ Loading
Jack Daniels Whiskey - 70cl ¥128.00 Loading
Smirnoff Red Label Vodka - 70cl ¥ Loading
Jim Beam Bourbon - 70cl ¥ Loading
Cheap Ass Bottle of Wine - 75cl ¥18.00 Loading
Margaret River Cabernet Sauvingon ¥338.00 Loading
Scary Chinese Liquor - 70cl ¥ Loading

Bar Prices

Items Price Converted
Pint of Draft Beer ¥20.00 Loading
Bottle of Chinese Beer ¥15.00 Loading
Bottle of Import Beer ¥ Loading
Bacardi Breezer - 275ml ¥3.50 Loading
Smirnoff Ice - 275ml ¥ Loading
Gin and Tonic ¥35.00 Loading
Jack Daniels and Coke ¥45.00 Loading
Bottle of House Wine ¥ Loading
Glass of House Wine ¥ Loading
Cocktails ¥40.00 Loading
Game of Pool ¥ Loading
Packet of Crisps ¥ Loading

Cigarettes

Items Price Converted
. ¥10.00 Loading

Fast Food

Items Price Converted
MacDonalds Bic Mac Meal ¥17.00 Loading
MacDonalds Double Cheeseburger Meal ¥14.50 Loading
KFC Family Meal ¥65.00 Loading
Pepperoni Pizza - Large ¥48.00 Loading

Monthly Gym Membership

Items Price Converted
Ballys Total Fitness ¥500.00 Loading

(all conversions based on the Chinese Yuan)

THINGS TO NOTE:

  • Accommodation - Hostel prices will vary but for a major world city, are still very affordable.
  • Transportation - Transport is super cheap but taking lots of cabs will add up fast.
  • Attractions -
  • Groceries, Health & Beauty - I get most groceries at a local store called Century Mart. For Western stuff I go to Jenny Lou's and sometimes Carrefour which are both much more expensive but have the goodies I like.
  • Meat & Veggies - For things that are sold by weight I've tried to give the per kilogram price to make things easy to compare.
  • Snacks - These prices are from the shop on the bottom floor of my apartment but any small local shop will be similarely priced.
  • Booze - Chinese beer is stupidly cheap when you buy it from a local store. Anything imported will be relatively expensive including spirits, beer and wine.
  • Gym Memberships - There are cheaper options tha Bally Total Fitness out there. Always ask for a discount even if you just want a month.

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