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China Sample Monthly Expense Breakdown:

Cost of living can vary greatly in China. In megacities like Beijing or Shanghai, expect to spend a substantial amount of your income if you seek a Western lifestyle. However, in many other cities, the expenses are much lower, and many of your employers will offer housing assistance. Please see below for a "middle-of-the-road" breakdown, based on what you would expect to see in a "second-tier"city like Nanjing.

Monthly Rent

- Typical studio or one-bedroom apartment : 2000
- Two-bedroom with basic furniture:
3500-6000

Food

- American-style fast food: 20-30 McDonalds)
- Can of Coke:
2-5
- Bottle of water:
1-3
- Loaf of bread:
5-15
- Typical Chinese Meal:
10-15

Transportation

- Bus: 2-3 (air-con bus)
- Subway:
2-6
- Taxi:
10first 3 km), 3 per km thereafter
- Train: 
146 to Shanghai
-
High Speed Rail: ¥233 (first class seats) to Shanghai
- Bicyle: ¥300-400 (for new one)

Phone

- Landline: 30 monthly fee, phone only, without broadband.
- Landline with broadband: ¥
1300/year.
- Mobile:
20100, depending on usage plan, setup cost 30. 200/month would be a very good package.

(note: 6.31 to US$1)