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Shanghai vs Damascus
Sha vs Dam

Average net salary (After tax)

Damascus
Shanghai

Housing

  • Rent apartment
  • Buy apartment

Rent 1 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Dam
Sha
Outside city centre
Dam
Sha

Rent 3 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Dam
Sha
Outside city centre
Dam
Sha

Buy apartment

Price per m2

In city centre
Dam
Sha
Outside city centre
Dam
Sha

Mortgage rates

Damascus
4.5%
Shanghai
5.5%
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Utilities

  • Basic Utilities
  • Internet & Phone

Basic utilities

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

Damascus
Shanghai

Internet

60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, Cable/ADSL

Dam
Sha

Mobile phone data

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

Dam
Sha

Transport

  • Public Transport
  • Car

One-way ticket

Local transport

Dam
Sha

Monthly pass

Regular price

Dam
Sha

Fuel prices

Per Litre

Damascus
Shanghai

Buying a new car

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90KW Trendline (Or equivalent)

Dam
Sha
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Groceries

  • Staples
  • Meat
  • Produce
  • Cigarettes

Staples

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

Pack of cigarettes

(Marlboro)

Damascus
Shanghai

Meat & cheese

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

Vegetables

Potatoes 1kg
Dam
Sha
Lettuce 1 head
Dam
Sha
Tomatoes 1kg
Dam
Sha

Fruit

Apples 1kg
Dam
Sha
Oranges 1 head
Dam
Sha
Bananas 1kg
Dam
Sha

Eating Out

  • Food
  • Drinks

Meal for two

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

Mcdonalds McMeal

Or equivalent combo meal

Damascus
4.5%
Shanghai
5.5%

Restaurant Prices in Damascus are 17.14% higher than in Shanghai

Drinks

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

Alcohol

  • Beer
  • Wine

Domestic beer

Restaurant 0.5L draught
Dam
Sha
Market 0.5L bottle
Dam
Sha

Imported beer

Restaurant 0.33L bottle
Dam
Sha
Market 0.33L bottle
Dam
Sha

Bottle of wine

Mid-range, from supermarket

Damascus
5
Shanghai

Clothing

  • Clothing
  • Shoes

Pair of jeans

Levis 501 or similar

Dam
Sha

Summer dress

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

Dam
Sha

Shoes

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

Leisure

  • Cinema
  • Sports

Cinema

One ticket for an international release

Damascus
$15.33
Shanghai
$11.43

Tennis court rental

One hour on weekend

Dam $4,070.74/mth
Sha $4,070.74/mth

Fitness club

Monthly fee for one adult

Dam $4,070.74/mth
Sha $4,070.74/mth