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Cash talk:how much should i bring to China

2012/8/21      view:

First let’s talk about how much money you can make in China.

The salary for English teachers in China varies a lot depending on your teaching experience, references, gender, nationality and location. Like Changchun city the average salary for foreigners is around 900USD-1500USD, the local people average salary is around 500USD, that’s makes average wage for an English teachers more than 2-3 times than a local. And also with this amount of salary you don’t have to pay rent!

 

Second, let’s talk about how much money do I need to prepare before I come to china?

Ultimately, it depends on the life style you lead. If you see yourself going out every night, obviously, you’ll need to bring a bit more money. If you are trying to focus on your work and leading a simple life, you’ll bring less.

A rule of thumb I wish I had thought of before moving to China is to bring the monthly average wage in Changchun (500USD), if you want to lead a simple life for the first month. You can use half of it for food and groceries. And the other half for some mandatory expenses like medical examination(60USD),residence permit(60USD),internet(67USD) ,SIM card(30USD),others 30USD.

 

At last I made a list of the cost living in Changchun, you can have a overall understanding of the cost here.

Restaurants

 Avg.

Range

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

3.00 $

3.00-3.00

Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course

23.24 $

11.99-23.99

McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)

4.50 $

4.50-4.50

Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)

0.82 $

0.45-0.90

Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)

2.62 $

1.50-3.00

Cappuccino (regular)

3.65 $

3.00-4.20

Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)

0.45 $

0.30-0.45

Water (0.33 liter bottle)

0.28 $

0.15-0.30

Markets

Avg.

Milk (regular), (1 liter)

1.50 $

1.50-1.50

Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)

2.70 $

1.05-3.00

Rice (white), (1kg)

0.90 $

0.90-1.05

Eggs (12)

2.40 $

1.05-3.00

Local Cheese (1kg)

11.25 $

7.50-14.99

Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg)

5.25 $

2.10-6.00

Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)

8.25 $

8.25-8.25

Apples (1kg)

1.87 $

1.05-2.25

Banana (1kg)

1.05 $

0.60-1.50

Oranges (1kg)

1.33 $

0.75-1.50

Tomato (1kg)

1.42 $

0.45-1.50

Potato (1kg)

0.50 $

0.45-1.80

Onion (1kg)

0.52 $

0.45-1.50

Lettuce (1 head)

0.79 $

0.37-1.20

Water (1.5 liter bottle)

0.55 $

0.45-0.75

Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)

14.99 $

11.25-14.99

Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)

0.75 $

0.45-0.90

Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)

2.50 $

1.50-3.75

Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)

1.95 $

1.50-2.40

Transportation

Avg.

One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

0.15 $

0.15-0.15

Monthly Pass (Regular Price)

9.75 $

4.50-14.99

Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)

1.27 $

0.75-1.35

Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)

0.26 $

0.12-0.30

Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)

9.75 $

6.00-14.99

Gasoline (1 liter)

1.09 $

0.60-1.20

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car)

13,494.07 $

11,994.73-67,470.33

Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car)

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Utilities (Monthly)

 Avg.

Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment

44.98 $

44.98-44.98

1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans)

0.03 $

0.01-0.03

Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)

18.99 $

7.50-29.99

Sports And Leisure

Avg.

Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult

89.96 $

Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)

14.99 $

Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat

11.99 $

4.50-11.99

Clothing And Shoes

Avg.

1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar)

67.47 $

29.99-104.95

1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...)

44.98 $

14.99-67.47

1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range)

84.96 $

59.97-119.95

1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes

74.97 $

74.97-74.97

Rent Per Month

 Avg.

Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre

322.36 $

269.88-374.84

Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre

157.43 $

119.95-209.91

Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre

449.80 $

374.84-599.74

Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre

312.36 $

224.90-449.80

Buy Apartment Price

Avg.

Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre

1,686.76 $

1,499.34-1,874.18

Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre

1,161.99 $

1,049.54-1,274.44