Generally speaking, life in Beijing is cheap compared to Europe or North America. It’s possible to live on as little as 50 CNY10 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
458 RUB
7 USD
 
to 100 CNY20 AUD
11 GBP
100 CNY
12 EUR
21 NZD
916 RUB
14 USD
 per day to cover the necessities, though how much you spend largely depends on your lifestyle and what you plan to do. Here you can find a list of the most common things you’ll need during your time in Beijing and their average cost.

 

Please note, this page is intended to provide a rough guide of how much things cost in Beijing. Prices will of course fluctuate, so if you’re planning a precise budget you should check cost of living websites as well.

 

 

Daily Life in Beijing

 

Below you'll find a selection of prices for basic goods and services you will need to buy or use during your time in Beijing. Just hover over the price in Chinese Yuan to see the conversion is various world currencies. 

 
 
 

FOOD/DRINK

 

 

Cheap Chinese meal

15 CNY3 AUD
1 GBP
15 CNY
1 EUR
3 NZD
137 RUB
2 USD
-50 CNY10 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
458 RUB
7 USD

Mid-range meal

70 CNY14 AUD
8 GBP
70 CNY
9 EUR
15 NZD
641 RUB
10 USD
-150 CNY30 AUD
17 GBP
150 CNY
19 EUR
32 NZD
1375 RUB
21 USD

Cheap Western meal

60 CNY12 AUD
6 GBP
60 CNY
7 EUR
12 NZD
550 RUB
8 USD
-100 CNY20 AUD
11 GBP
100 CNY
12 EUR
21 NZD
916 RUB
14 USD

Expensive Western meal

150 CNY30 AUD
17 GBP
150 CNY
19 EUR
32 NZD
1375 RUB
21 USD
-300 CNY61 AUD
34 GBP
300 CNY
38 EUR
64 NZD
2750 RUB
43 USD

Fast food meal

35 CNY7 AUD
4 GBP
35 CNY
4 EUR
7 NZD
320 RUB
5 USD
-50 CNY10 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
458 RUB
7 USD

Loaf of bread

15 CNY3 AUD
1 GBP
15 CNY
1 EUR
3 NZD
137 RUB
2 USD

500g boneless chicken breast

20 CNY4 AUD
2 GBP
20 CNY
2 EUR
4 NZD
183 RUB
2 USD

Cappuccino in western style café 

35 CNY7 AUD
4 GBP
35 CNY
4 EUR
7 NZD
320 RUB
5 USD

Local draft beer (0,5L)

15 CNY3 AUD
1 GBP
15 CNY
1 EUR
3 NZD
137 RUB
2 USD

Bottle of local wine

70 CNY14 AUD
8 GBP
70 CNY
9 EUR
15 NZD
641 RUB
10 USD

Can of soda

3 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
3 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
27 RUB
0 USD

1L bottle of water

3.3 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
3 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
30 RUB
0 USD

 

 


LEISURE

 

 

Gym membership

400 CNY82 AUD
46 GBP
400 CNY
51 EUR
85 NZD
3667 RUB
58 USD
per month

Cinema

60 CNY12 AUD
6 GBP
60 CNY
7 EUR
12 NZD
550 RUB
8 USD

Drink at a nightclub

50 CNY10 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
458 RUB
7 USD
+

Women's haircut at a western salon

150 CNY30 AUD
17 GBP
150 CNY
19 EUR
32 NZD
1375 RUB
21 USD
-300 CNY61 AUD
34 GBP
300 CNY
38 EUR
64 NZD
2750 RUB
43 USD

Men's haircut at a western barbers

80 CNY16 AUD
9 GBP
80 CNY
10 EUR
17 NZD
733 RUB
11 USD
-300 CNY61 AUD
34 GBP
300 CNY
38 EUR
64 NZD
2750 RUB
43 USD

 

 

Sightseeing in Beijing

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During your time in Beijing, you’ll no doubt want to explore the city and visit some of the local attractions. Fortunately, there is much you can see and do for free, like visiting Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing Street, the hutong's and Houhai Lake. You must pay an entry to visit some of the city's other attractions, the average prices of which you can find below.

 

 

The Great Wall

40 CNY8 AUD
4 GBP
40 CNY
5 EUR
8 NZD
366 RUB
5 USD
-60 CNY12 AUD
6 GBP
60 CNY
7 EUR
12 NZD
550 RUB
8 USD

The Forbidden City

40 CNY8 AUD
4 GBP
40 CNY
5 EUR
8 NZD
366 RUB
5 USD
-60 CNY12 AUD
6 GBP
60 CNY
7 EUR
12 NZD
550 RUB
8 USD

Summer Palace

30 CNY6 AUD
3 GBP
30 CNY
3 EUR
6 NZD
275 RUB
4 USD

Temple of Heaven

30 CNY6 AUD
3 GBP
30 CNY
3 EUR
6 NZD
275 RUB
4 USD

Lama Temple

25 CNY5 AUD
2 GBP
25 CNY
3 EUR
5 NZD
229 RUB
3 USD

Beihai Park

10 CNY2 AUD
1 GBP
10 CNY
1 EUR
2 NZD
91 RUB
1 USD

Olympic Park

0 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
0 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
0 RUB
0 USD
-50 CNY10 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
458 RUB
7 USD

Ming Tombs

130 CNY26 AUD
15 GBP
130 CNY
16 EUR
27 NZD
1191 RUB
18 USD

 

It’s certainly possible to make the most of your time in Beijing without spending too much. Don’t forget, you’re always encouraged to join our weekly cultural activities, which are designed to be budget friendly whilst also giving you the chance to socialise and experience as much of the local culture as possible. 

 

Pocket Money Guide

 

If you’re still unsure how much money you should allow for, see our pocket money guide below. Each of our budgets are based on the assumption that you’ll be living in Hutong School accommodation and won’t need to pay monthly rent, bills and internet. If you’re budgeting to includes these things, you should add an additional 1000-2000 per week. 

 

LOCAL LIFE BUDGET (500 CNY103 AUD
58 GBP
500 CNY
64 EUR
107 NZD
4584 RUB
72 USD
-
1000 CNY206 AUD
116 GBP
1000 CNY
129 EUR
214 NZD
9168 RUB
145 USD
 P/W)

For people looking to save some money and immerse themselves in the local way of life, whilst enjoying the occasional treat or night out.

 

Item

Average Cost

Details

Transport

30-50 CNY

Mainly travel by bus, metro or bike

Food

200-350 CNY

Mainly eat at Chinese restaurants (25-40 RMB) and at home, with occasional western meal out (40-150) 

Social

150-300 CNY

One night out per week at a western style bar

HS Events

50-75 CNY

Sometimes attend Hutong School cultural activities and events each week

Sport

0-150 CNY

Workout for free at local fitness communities, join the occasional exercise class

 

 

LOCAL & WESTERN MIX BUDGET (1000 CNY206 AUD
116 GBP
1000 CNY
129 EUR
214 NZD
9168 RUB
145 USD
-
2000 CNY412 AUD
232 GBP
2000 CNY
259 EUR
429 NZD
18337 RUB
290 USD
P/W)

For those looking to enjoy a good balance between a Chinese & Western lifestyle and make the occasional trip outside of Beijing.

 

Expense

Average Cost

Details

Transport

70-100 CNY

Travel by both public transport (bus, metro, bike) and frequently take taxis

Food

400-550 CNY

A good balance between eating at local (25-40 RMB) and western (40-150) restaurants

Leisure

300-400 CNY

A few nights out each week at a western style bar, occasional massage, occasional trip outside of Beijing

HS Events

50-100 CNY

Attend most Hutong School cultural activities and events each week

Sport

70-200 CNY

Join a mid-range gym or exercise group

 

WESTERN LIFESTYLE BUDGET (2000 CNY412 AUD
232 GBP
2000 CNY
259 EUR
429 NZD
18337 RUB
290 USD
-
3000 CNY619 AUD
348 GBP
3000 CNY
388 EUR
643 NZD
27506 RUB
436 USD
 P/W)

For those who can’t live without their home comforts and want to life a similar life in Beijing to their life at home. 

 

Expense

Average Cost

Details

Transport

150-300 CNY

Travel mainly by taxi, with occasional trip on public transport

Food

500-700 CNY

Mainly eating at western restaurants and regularly buying imported goods

Leisure

600-800 CNY

Several nights out each week at a western style bar, trips to spa, shopping trips, regular trips outside of Beijing

HS Events

50-150 CNY

Attend all Hutong School cultural activities and events each week

Sport

400-600 CNY

Join a good gym/exercise group

 

If you'd like to begin your adventure in Beijing, get in touch with our team or launch an application today!