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Beijing Price Level

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The general price level in Beijing has rised so high that you can hardly compare it with the old days. It has been over 20 years since China adopted the Reform and Opening Policy in 1989. And the commodity price has been scaled up tens of times than it was used to be in 20 years ago. The situation is getting more fierce in the latest three years. The inflation rate in China was last reported at 4.4 percent in October of 2010. The price level in large cities of China, such as Beijing, is almost the same as or even higher than that in the other worldwide metropolis. In order to show China’s real price level to the foreign tourists who have never been here, we offer a price list of daily commodities in Beijing for reference: (All the data below are average prices per unit in USD dated end of 2010)

Beer: 0.8 (in supermarket), 1.8 (in restaurant), 4 (in bar); Mineral Water: 0.5 (in supermarket), 1.2 (in restaurant), 2.5 (in bar); Coke Cola: 0.8 (in supermarket), 1.8 (in restaurant), 4 (in bar); Cigarette: 2.3 (in supermarket), 3 (in restaurant), 4 (in bar); Umbrella: 4.5; Leather Shoes: 70; Trousers: 40; Shirt: 20; Watermelon: 2; Film Ticket: 10; Coffee: 3; Ice Cream: 1.4; Noodles: 2.5; Towelette: 1; Cookie: 3; Hamburger: 4; Subway: 0.5 per person; Taxi: 0.5 per kilometer; Regular Meal in decent restaurant: 4 per person; One 2-Bedroom Apartment: 450,000 to buy and 500 per month to rent. Let's see what does it cost for a regular date with a girl in Beijing: movie, dinner, transport, ice cream, drinks and half-day time... Basically, you will spend USD60 per person.

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