Generally speaking, life in Chengdu 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
11 NZD
455 RUB
7 USD
 to 100 CNY21 AUD
10 GBP
100 CNY
13 EUR
22 NZD
911 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 Chengdu and their average cost.

 

Please note, this page is intended to provide a rough guide of how much things cost in Chengdu. 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 Chengdu

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

 

TRANSPORT

 

Bus ticket

1 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
1 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
9 RUB
0 USD
-2 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
2 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
18 RUB
0 USD

Subway ticket

2 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
2 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
18 RUB
0 USD
-4 CNY0 AUD
0 GBP
4 CNY
0 EUR
0 NZD
36 RUB
0 USD

Taxi

starts at 8 CNY1 AUD
0 GBP
8 CNY
1 EUR
1 NZD
72 RUB
1 USD

 

FOOD/DRINK

 

Cheap Chinese meal

 

10 CNY2 AUD
1 GBP
10 CNY
1 EUR
2 NZD
91 RUB
1 USD
-30 CNY6 AUD
3 GBP
30 CNY
3 EUR
6 NZD
273 RUB
4 USD

Mid-range meal

 

50 CNY10 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
11 NZD
455 RUB
7 USD
-120 CNY25 AUD
13 GBP
120 CNY
15 EUR
26 NZD
1094 RUB
17 USD

Cheap Western meal

40 CNY8 AUD
4 GBP
40 CNY
5 EUR
8 NZD
364 RUB
5 USD
-80 CNY17 AUD
8 GBP
80 CNY
10 EUR
17 NZD
729 RUB
11 USD

Expensive Western meal

150 CNY32 AUD
16 GBP
150 CNY
19 EUR
33 NZD
1367 RUB
21 USD
-200 CNY42 AUD
21 GBP
200 CNY
26 EUR
44 NZD
1823 RUB
28 USD

Fast food meal

20 CNY4 AUD
2 GBP
20 CNY
2 EUR
4 NZD
182 RUB
2 USD
-40 CNY8 AUD
4 GBP
40 CNY
5 EUR
8 NZD
364 RUB
5 USD

Loaf of bread

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

500g boneless chicken breast

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

Cappuccino in western style café

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

Local draft beer (0,5L)

5 CNY1 AUD
0 GBP
5 CNY
0 EUR
1 NZD
45 RUB
0 USD

Bottle of local wine

70 CNY15 AUD
7 GBP
70 CNY
9 EUR
15 NZD
638 RUB
9 USD

Can of soda

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

1L bottle of water

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

 

LEISURE

 

Gym membership

10 CNY2 AUD
1 GBP
10 CNY
1 EUR
2 NZD
91 RUB
1 USD
-30 CNY6 AUD
3 GBP
30 CNY
3 EUR
6 NZD
273 RUB
4 USD

Cinema

50 CNY10 AUD
5 GBP
50 CNY
6 EUR
11 NZD
455 RUB
7 USD
-120 CNY25 AUD
13 GBP
120 CNY
15 EUR
26 NZD
1094 RUB
17 USD

Drink at a nightclub

 

40 CNY8 AUD
4 GBP
40 CNY
5 EUR
8 NZD
364 RUB
5 USD
-80 CNY17 AUD
8 GBP
80 CNY
10 EUR
17 NZD
729 RUB
11 USD

Women's haircut

 

20 CNY4 AUD
2 GBP
20 CNY
2 EUR
4 NZD
182 RUB
2 USD
-40 CNY8 AUD
4 GBP
40 CNY
5 EUR
8 NZD
364 RUB
5 USD

Men's haircut

 

70 CNY15 AUD
7 GBP
70 CNY
9 EUR
15 NZD
638 RUB
9 USD


Sightseeing in Chengdu

 

During your time in Chengdu, 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, like visiting the Giant Panda Research Base and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System. Below you can find the entrance fees for the most popular destinations.

 

Giant Panda Research base

 

58 CNY12 AUD
6 GBP
58 CNY
7 EUR
12 NZD
528 RUB
8 USD

Leshan Giant Buddha

 

90 CNY19 AUD
9 GBP
90 CNY
11 EUR
20 NZD
820 RUB
12 USD

Dujiangyan Irrigation System

90 CNY19 AUD
9 GBP
90 CNY
11 EUR
20 NZD
820 RUB
12 USD

Sanxindui Museum

80 CNY17 AUD
8 GBP
80 CNY
10 EUR
17 NZD
729 RUB
11 USD

Mount Qingcheng

20 CNY4 AUD
2 GBP
20 CNY
2 EUR
4 NZD
182 RUB
2 USD
-100 CNY21 AUD
10 GBP
100 CNY
13 EUR
22 NZD
911 RUB
14 USD

 

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 assume 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 CNY107 AUD
54 GBP
500 CNY
65 EUR
111 NZD
4559 RUB
71 USD
-
1000 CNY214 AUD
109 GBP
1000 CNY
131 EUR
223 NZD
9118 RUB
142 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

200-250 CNY

Mainly eat at Chinese restaurants (10-30 RMB) and at home, with occasional western meal out (40-80 RMB)

Social

200-300 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

0-100 CNY

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

 


LOCAL & WESTERN MIX BUDGET (1000 CNY214 AUD
109 GBP
1000 CNY
131 EUR
223 NZD
9118 RUB
142 USD
-
2000 CNY429 AUD
219 GBP
2000 CNY
262 EUR
447 NZD
18236 RUB
284 USD
P/W)

For those looking to enjoy a good balance between a Chinese & Western lifestyle and sometimes visit places outside of Chengdu.

 

 

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 (10-30 RMB) and western (40-80) restaurants

Leisure

300-400 CNY

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

HS Events

50-100 CNY

Attend most Hutong School cultural activities and events each week

Sport

100-200 CNY

Join a mid-range gym or exercise group

 
 

WESTERN LIFESTYLE BUDGET (2000 CNY429 AUD
219 GBP
2000 CNY
262 EUR
447 NZD
18236 RUB
284 USD
-
3000 CNY643 AUD
329 GBP
3000 CNY
393 EUR
671 NZD
27354 RUB
426 USD
 P/W)

For those who can’t live without their home comforts.

 

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 Hangzhou

HS Events

100-200 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 Chengdu, get in touch with our team or launch an application today!