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London vs Shanghai
Lon vs Sha

Average net salary (After tax)

Shanghai
London

Housing

  • Rent apartment
  • Buy apartment

Rent 1 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Sha
Lon
Outside city centre
Sha
Lon

Rent 3 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Sha
Lon
Outside city centre
Sha
Lon

Buy apartment

Price per m2

In city centre
Sha
Lon
Outside city centre
Sha
Lon

Mortgage rates

Shanghai
4.5%
London
5.5%
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Utilities

  • Basic Utilities
  • Internet & Phone

Basic utilities

Electricity, heating, water, Garbage for a 85m2 Apartment

Shanghai
London

Internet

60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, Cable/ADSL

Sha
Lon

Mobile phone data

One-minute local prepaid call (no plan or discount)

Sha
Lon

Transport

  • Public Transport
  • Car

One-way ticket

Local transport

Sha
Lon

Monthly pass

Regular price

Sha
Lon

Fuel prices

Per Litre

Shanghai
London

Buying a new car

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90KW Trendline (Or equivalent)

Sha
Lon
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Groceries

  • Staples
  • Meat
  • Produce
  • Cigarettes

Staples

Milk 1L
Sha
Lon
White bread 500g
Sha
Lon
Eggs 12
Sha
Lon
White rice 1kg
Sha
Lon

Pack of cigarettes

(Marlboro)

Shanghai
London

Meat & cheese

Chicken breasts 1kg
Sha
Lon
Beef round 1kg
Sha
Lon
Local cheese 1kg
Sha
Lon

Vegetables

Potatoes 1kg
Sha
Lon
Lettuce 1 head
Sha
Lon
Tomatoes 1kg
Sha
Lon

Fruit

Apples 1kg
Sha
Lon
Oranges 1 head
Sha
Lon
Bananas 1kg
Sha
Lon

Eating Out

  • Food
  • Drinks

Meal for two

Inexpensive restaurant 2 meals
Sha $4,070.74/mth
Lon $4,070.74/mth
Mid-range restaurant Three-course meal for two people
Sha $4,070.74/mth
Lon $4,070.74/mth

Mcdonalds McMeal

Or equivalent combo meal

Shanghai
4.5%
London
5.5%

Restaurant Prices in Shanghai are 17.14% higher than in London

Drinks

Coke/Pepsi 0.33L
bottle
Sha $4,070.74/mth
Lon $4,070.74/mth
Water 0.33L
bottle
Sha $4,070.74/mth
Lon $4,070.74/mth
Cappuccino regular
Sha $4,070.74/mth
Lon $4,070.74/mth

Alcohol

  • Beer
  • Wine

Domestic beer

Restaurant 0.5L draught
Sha
Lon
Market 0.5L bottle
Sha
Lon

Imported beer

Restaurant 0.33L bottle
Sha
Lon
Market 0.33L bottle
Sha
Lon

Bottle of wine

Mid-range, from supermarket

Shanghai
5
London

Clothing

  • Clothing
  • Shoes

Pair of jeans

Levis 501 or similar

Sha
Lon

Summer dress

From a chain store (e.g. Zara, H&M)

Sha
Lon

Shoes

1 pair Nike shoes
Sha
Lon
1 pair men's leather shoes
Sha
Lon

Leisure

  • Cinema
  • Sports

Cinema

One ticket for an international release

Shanghai
$15.33
London
$11.43

Tennis court rental

One hour on weekend

Sha $4,070.74/mth
Lon $4,070.74/mth

Fitness club

Monthly fee for one adult

Sha $4,070.74/mth
Lon $4,070.74/mth