Generally speaking, life in Beijing is cheap compared to Europe or North America. It’s possible to live on as little as 50 CNY9 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
484 RUB
7 USD
 
to 100 CNY19 AUD
11 GBP
100 CNY
12 EUR
21 NZD
969 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 CNY2 AUD
1 GBP
15 CNY
1 EUR
3 NZD
145 RUB
2 USD
-50 CNY9 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
484 RUB
7 USD

Mid-range meal

70 CNY13 AUD
7 GBP
70 CNY
8 EUR
15 NZD
678 RUB
10 USD
-150 CNY29 AUD
16 GBP
150 CNY
18 EUR
32 NZD
1454 RUB
21 USD

Cheap Western meal

60 CNY11 AUD
6 GBP
60 CNY
7 EUR
13 NZD
581 RUB
8 USD
-100 CNY19 AUD
11 GBP
100 CNY
12 EUR
21 NZD
969 RUB
14 USD

Expensive Western meal

150 CNY29 AUD
16 GBP
150 CNY
18 EUR
32 NZD
1454 RUB
21 USD
-300 CNY59 AUD
33 GBP
300 CNY
37 EUR
65 NZD
2908 RUB
43 USD

Fast food meal

35 CNY6 AUD
3 GBP
35 CNY
4 EUR
7 NZD
339 RUB
5 USD
-50 CNY9 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
484 RUB
7 USD

Loaf of bread

15 CNY2 AUD
1 GBP
15 CNY
1 EUR
3 NZD
145 RUB
2 USD

500g boneless chicken breast

20 CNY3 AUD
2 GBP
20 CNY
2 EUR
4 NZD
193 RUB
2 USD

Cappuccino in western style café 

35 CNY6 AUD
3 GBP
35 CNY
4 EUR
7 NZD
339 RUB
5 USD

Local draft beer (0,5L)

15 CNY2 AUD
1 GBP
15 CNY
1 EUR
3 NZD
145 RUB
2 USD

Bottle of local wine

70 CNY13 AUD
7 GBP
70 CNY
8 EUR
15 NZD
678 RUB
10 USD

Can of soda

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

1L bottle of water

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

 

 


LEISURE

 

 

Gym membership

400 CNY79 AUD
44 GBP
400 CNY
49 EUR
87 NZD
3877 RUB
58 USD
per month

Cinema

60 CNY11 AUD
6 GBP
60 CNY
7 EUR
13 NZD
581 RUB
8 USD

Drink at a nightclub

50 CNY9 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
484 RUB
7 USD
+

Women's haircut at a western salon

150 CNY29 AUD
16 GBP
150 CNY
18 EUR
32 NZD
1454 RUB
21 USD
-300 CNY59 AUD
33 GBP
300 CNY
37 EUR
65 NZD
2908 RUB
43 USD

Men's haircut at a western barbers

80 CNY15 AUD
8 GBP
80 CNY
9 EUR
17 NZD
775 RUB
11 USD
-300 CNY59 AUD
33 GBP
300 CNY
37 EUR
65 NZD
2908 RUB
43 USD

 

 

Sightseeing in Beijing

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 CNY7 AUD
4 GBP
40 CNY
4 EUR
8 NZD
387 RUB
5 USD
-60 CNY11 AUD
6 GBP
60 CNY
7 EUR
13 NZD
581 RUB
8 USD

The Forbidden City

40 CNY7 AUD
4 GBP
40 CNY
4 EUR
8 NZD
387 RUB
5 USD
-60 CNY11 AUD
6 GBP
60 CNY
7 EUR
13 NZD
581 RUB
8 USD

Summer Palace

30 CNY5 AUD
3 GBP
30 CNY
3 EUR
6 NZD
290 RUB
4 USD

Temple of Heaven

30 CNY5 AUD
3 GBP
30 CNY
3 EUR
6 NZD
290 RUB
4 USD

Lama Temple

25 CNY4 AUD
2 GBP
25 CNY
3 EUR
5 NZD
242 RUB
3 USD

Beihai Park

10 CNY1 AUD
1 GBP
10 CNY
1 EUR
2 NZD
96 RUB
1 USD

Olympic Park

0 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
0 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
0 RUB
0 USD
-50 CNY9 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
484 RUB
7 USD

Ming Tombs

130 CNY25 AUD
14 GBP
130 CNY
16 EUR
28 NZD
1260 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 CNY99 AUD
55 GBP
500 CNY
61 EUR
109 NZD
4847 RUB
72 USD
-
1000 CNY199 AUD
111 GBP
1000 CNY
123 EUR
218 NZD
9694 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 CNY5 AUD
3 GBP
30 CNY
3 EUR
6 NZD
290 RUB
4 USD
-50 CNY9 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
484 RUB
7 USD

Mainly travel by bus, metro or bike

Food

200 CNY39 AUD
22 GBP
200 CNY
24 EUR
43 NZD
1938 RUB
29 USD
-350 CNY69 AUD
39 GBP
350 CNY
43 EUR
76 NZD
3392 RUB
51 USD

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

Social

150 CNY29 AUD
16 GBP
150 CNY
18 EUR
32 NZD
1454 RUB
21 USD
-300 CNY59 AUD
33 GBP
300 CNY
37 EUR
65 NZD
2908 RUB
43 USD

One night out per week at a western style bar

HS Events

50 CNY9 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
484 RUB
7 USD
-75 CNY14 AUD
8 GBP
75 CNY
9 EUR
16 NZD
727 RUB
10 USD

Sometimes attend Hutong School cultural activities and events each week

Sport

0 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
0 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
0 RUB
0 USD
-150 CNY29 AUD
16 GBP
150 CNY
18 EUR
32 NZD
1454 RUB
21 USD

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

 

 

LOCAL & WESTERN MIX BUDGET (1000 CNY199 AUD
111 GBP
1000 CNY
123 EUR
218 NZD
9694 RUB
145 USD
-
2000 CNY399 AUD
223 GBP
2000 CNY
247 EUR
436 NZD
19388 RUB
291 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 CNY13 AUD
7 GBP
70 CNY
8 EUR
15 NZD
678 RUB
10 USD
-100 CNY19 AUD
11 GBP
100 CNY
12 EUR
21 NZD
969 RUB
14 USD

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

Food

400 CNY79 AUD
44 GBP
400 CNY
49 EUR
87 NZD
3877 RUB
58 USD
-550 CNY109 AUD
61 GBP
550 CNY
68 EUR
119 NZD
5331 RUB
80 USD

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

Leisure

300 CNY59 AUD
33 GBP
300 CNY
37 EUR
65 NZD
2908 RUB
43 USD
-400 CNY79 AUD
44 GBP
400 CNY
49 EUR
87 NZD
3877 RUB
58 USD

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

HS Events

50 CNY9 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
484 RUB
7 USD
-100 CNY19 AUD
11 GBP
100 CNY
12 EUR
21 NZD
969 RUB
14 USD

Attend most Hutong School cultural activities and events each week

Sport

70 CNY13 AUD
7 GBP
70 CNY
8 EUR
15 NZD
678 RUB
10 USD
-200 CNY39 AUD
22 GBP
200 CNY
24 EUR
43 NZD
1938 RUB
29 USD

Join a mid-range gym or exercise group

 

WESTERN LIFESTYLE BUDGET (2000 CNY399 AUD
223 GBP
2000 CNY
247 EUR
436 NZD
19388 RUB
291 USD
-
3000 CNY599 AUD
334 GBP
3000 CNY
371 EUR
654 NZD
29082 RUB
437 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 CNY29 AUD
16 GBP
150 CNY
18 EUR
32 NZD
1454 RUB
21 USD
-300 CNY59 AUD
33 GBP
300 CNY
37 EUR
65 NZD
2908 RUB
43 USD

Travel mainly by taxi, with occasional trip on public transport

Food

500 CNY99 AUD
55 GBP
500 CNY
61 EUR
109 NZD
4847 RUB
72 USD
-700 CNY139 AUD
78 GBP
700 CNY
86 EUR
152 NZD
6785 RUB
102 USD

Mainly eating at western restaurants and regularly buying imported goods

Leisure

600 CNY119 AUD
66 GBP
600 CNY
74 EUR
130 NZD
5816 RUB
87 USD
-800 CNY159 AUD
89 GBP
800 CNY
99 EUR
174 NZD
7755 RUB
116 USD

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

HS Events

50 CNY9 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
10 NZD
484 RUB
7 USD
-150 CNY29 AUD
16 GBP
150 CNY
18 EUR
32 NZD
1454 RUB
21 USD

Attend all Hutong School cultural activities and events each week

Sport

400 CNY79 AUD
44 GBP
400 CNY
49 EUR
87 NZD
3877 RUB
58 USD
-600 CNY119 AUD
66 GBP
600 CNY
74 EUR
130 NZD
5816 RUB
87 USD

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!