cost of living in India VS China

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cost of living in India VS China

Comparing these two countries in terms cost of living, China has a lower cost of living than India. But not everything is cheaper in China than India. Some items are also a bit cheaper in India compared to China. This article will guide you to successfully make your comparison. Below are prices based on Food, market items, transportation, accommodation based on 2016 data.


Food                                                                                                India                                    China

Meal, inexpensive Restaurant 150.00Rs(15.38¥)195.09Rs(20.00¥)

Meal for 2 people,mid-range,three course               600.00Rs(61.51¥) 1,463.15Rs(150.00¥)

Mcmeal at McDonald's    200.00Rs(20.00¥) 292.00Rs(30.00¥)

Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)  100.00Rs(10.25¥)   48.77Rs(5.00¥)

Imported Beer ( 0.33-liter bottle)150.00Rs(15.38¥)  195.09Rs(20.00¥)

Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle).   26.01Rs(2.67¥)      30.47Rs(3.12¥)



Milk (regular)(1 liter). 42.93Rs(4.40¥)     128.99Rs(13.22¥)

Loaf of fresh white bread(500g).   26.83Rs(2.75¥)101.36Rs(10.39¥)

Rice(white) (1kg).   48.01Rs(4.92¥)      67.68Rs(6.94¥)

Eggs(12)    48.01Rs(4.92¥)  116.28Rs(11.92¥)

Chicken breast(boneless)1kg 204.88Rs(21.00¥)244.83Rs(25.10¥)

Beef round(1kg)  293.12Rs(30.05¥) 747.12Rs(76.59¥)

Apples(1kg) 131.18Rs(13.45¥) 114.09Rs(11.70¥)

Tomato(1kg) 31.76Rs(3.26¥) 73.97Rs(7.58¥)

Pack of cigarettes  160.00Rs(16.40¥)      195.09 Rs(20.00¥)



One way ticket (local transport) 18.00Rs(1.85¥) 19.51Rs(2.00¥)

Monthly pass (Regular price) 600.00Rs(61.51¥)1,170.52Rs(120.00¥)

Taxi start(Normal tariff)50.00Rs(5.13¥)70.54Rs(10.00¥)

Taxi 1kg(Normal tariff) 13.00Rs(1.33¥)  22.43Rs(2.30¥)


Rent Apartment per month

Apartment(1 bedroom) in city center 11,559.00Rs(1,185.10¥) 37,706.84Rs(3,865.66¥)

Apartment(1 bedroom)outside city7,065.73Rs(724.37¥)22,064.46Rs(2,262.00¥)

Apartment(3 bedroom) in city center27,877.00Rs(2,860.17¥)  82,259.42Rs(8,433.13¥)

Apartment(3 bedroom) outside center 16,976.54Rs(1,740.41¥) 39,648.07Rs(4,064.67¥).

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