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Cost of Living in China

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Mar 10, 2024

Summary: The cost of living in China varies greatly depending on the city and the lifestyle of the individual. Generally speaking, a nice 1 bedroom apartment in China can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,500 per month, while a nice 2 bedroom apartment can cost anywhere from $800 to $2,500 per month. The cost of dinner at a moderately priced restaurant in China can range from $10 to $30 per person.

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Is the cost of living in China high?

We asked people how much they someone comfortably live on in China, they wrote:

"The cost of living in China generally varies depending on the location and lifestyle of the individual; however, major cities tend to be more expensive than rural areas. Generally speaking, basic necessities such as food, transportation, housing, and utilities tend to be relatively affordable compared to what one would pay in most Western countries. For those with higher wages, the cost of more luxurious items such as imported groceries, designer clothing, and high-end restaurants can be quite pricey. Overall, China is considered to be an affordable place to live in comparison to many other countries," said one person in China.

"It does not take much but unless you marry a Chinese citizen you can only stay here for one year and then you have to leave and get a new visa. In order to get a new visa you have to go back to you home country. And, there is no guarantee China will give you a new visa. No reason they won't either," remarked one expat in Nanning, Guangxi Provence.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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