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China, Guangzhou

China, Guangzhou

Cost of living in Guangzhou, prices and what it is like to live for an Expat, quality of life / hardship, and compare cost of living for Expatriates as at October 2021.

What is it like to live in Guangzhou?

Guangzhou: Guangzhou is a sub-provincial city and the capital of Guangdong Province in the southern part of the People's Republic of China.

Economy: Guangzhou is the main manufacturing hub of the Pearl River Delta, one of mainland China's leading commercial and manufacturing regions. Guangzhou's economic output is ranked third among Chinese cities after Beijing and Shanghai.

Inflation: 0.7% for China as at September 2021.

Guangzhou Population: 25 Million (Metro) (2020 est.)

Expat Life: Business introductions are usually formal. Chinese surnames form the first part of the name. For example, Zhang Wei is Mr Zhang. Expatriate dress code is conservative. Men typically wear a suit and tie, while women wear a dress or a skirt and blouse. The safety risk for expatriates in China is low overall, but medium in some parts such as in Guangdong province and the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR). Risks are mainly petty crime such as tourist scams and business corruption.

Health Care: Health care facilities are generally good in the major cities, however some hospitals can be over crowded with long waiting times. In some rural areas the standard of healthcare can be relatively poor. Healthcare is expensive for expatriates. Health care evacuation from China is very expensive. Certain medicines may not be available in China and may be prohibited from being brought into the country. Air pollution can be extreme in some areas and may aggravate bronchial, sinus or asthma conditions.

For other areas within the country see China.

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What is the cost of living in Guangzhou?

The cost of living for expatriates in Guangzhou as at October 2021 is average in comparison to other places in the world, with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 68.07 (New York =100). We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, based on Expat spending norms, in or closest to the location, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Guangzhou is as follows:

1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: Cost is low for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$620. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$11.90, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$1.01, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$2.30 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$3.91.

2) Clothing: Cost is average for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$970. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$56, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$74, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$74 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$32.

3) Communication: Cost is very low for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$84. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$15, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.03 per minute.

4) Education: Cost is average for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30,000 in New York costs USD$25200. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$16,320 for Primary School, and USD$18,161 for High School.

5) Furniture & Appliances: Cost is very low for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2,500 in New York costs USD$1300. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$580, and USD$498 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.

6) Groceries: Cost is average for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$810. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$2.58, 1 kg oranges USD$2.24, 1 head lettuce USD$0.84, 1 kg potatos USD$1.11, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$5.13, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$13.89, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.24, 500g loaf white bread USD$1.81, 1 L full cream milk USD$2.40, and 1.5 L water USD$0.73.

7) Healthcare: Cost is average for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$740. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$60, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,846.

8) Household Accommodation: Cost is high for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5,000 in New York costs USD$3450. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$2,489 in a central location, and USD$1,568 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.

9) Miscellaneous: Cost is average for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$290. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$5.68, while an international newspaper is USD$1.75.

10) Personal Care: Cost is very high for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$500. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$40, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$200.

11) Recreation & Culture: Cost is average for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$350. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$8.93, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$43 per month.

12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Cost is average for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$550. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$4.71, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$0.61, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$5.53, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$25.49.

13) Transport: Cost is very low for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$500. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$0.95, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$18,960.

How does the cost of living in Guangzhou compare?

Guangzhou is 4.5% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 67.8% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and -17% cheaper for transport costs than Dubai.

What is the quality of life / hardship in Guangzhou?

Guangzhou is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.The hardship premium for Guangzhou for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Guangzhou) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%.

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