cost of living in guangdong

Cost of Living in Guangdong, China

Guangdong Province is located in the southernmost tip of the Chinese mainland. It is in close proximity to Hong Kong and Macau. Guangdong is the geographical home of the Pearl River Delta and it has emerged as the country’s most prosperous province. Guangdong’s modernity is a perfect combination with the region’s ancient Lingnan culture as well as its exclusive historical and natural attractions, to make a fascinating travel destination but as well one of the livable provinces in China.

Accommodation

The monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation ranges from US $740 to $1124 while a a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio ranges from $528 to $921.

Food

A basic meal/lunch will cost between $4.41 to $7 while a fancy meal can cost as much as $50. A $70 budget on groceries is more than enough for a whole week.

Transportation

If you drive a car, 1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas will only cost $1. Monthly ticket for public transport is $23 while the basic tariff for every 8 kilometres for a taxi trip is $5.

Utilities

Basic utilities such as water, electricity, garbage disposal, heating and cooling can cost between $46 to $100. Data and unlimited internet has an average rate of $13.

Education

Guangdong boasts of some of China’s best universities and colleges such as Shenzhen University, Sun Yat-Sen University, South China University of Technology, Jinan University and more. Depending on the program and the university, yearly tuition ranges from $4,200 to $14,000.

Miscellaneous expenses

The cost for other expenses such as clothes and personal care depend on your usage and brand choice. A short visit to a private doctor in Guangdong costs $45. Over-the-counter and prescription medications are generally cheaper in China. If you would like to go out with friends, relax or unwind, the cost in Guangdong is fairly affordable. A ticket to the movies is $7 and a beer/cocktail from $5.18 to $10.

Average monthly cost of living

The average monthly cost of living in Guangdong for a single person is $1,433.


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