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26 July 2005



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Absurd. My best friend is from Singapore. He raved about the prices in Shanghai. Singapore is ridiculously expensive. Is is possible (though difficult) to live for RMB a month in Shanghai. In Singapore, you cannot do that for even 2500 RMB a month.


The argument between Singapore or Shanghai being the more expensive is really based on the individal doing the comparison and their income levels and the exchange rate between the areas being compared.

Sabrina's friend living in Shanghai does live a `high' life. So for her, things do cost a lot in Shanghai. Whilst she was in Singapore she did things differently and went to different types of shops and restaurants than she would have in Shanghai because she was staying with and being shown around by local Singaporeans. This means that she was comparing the high end of Shanghai with mid or low end of Singapore.

I have also been to Singapore, and I found that most things there are expensive when travelling as a western tourist or business man. However, a local customer of mine took me out to dinner as a local, and I was amazed at how cheap it was as a local. So Chinese Connections, your friend living in Singapore may be living the good life (expensive) in Singapore but in China went to all the local places (possibly with friends or acquaintances) - so it really does depend on the experience.

So the bottom line is really what is the individual comparing with to say if somewhere is cheap or expensive? Any place can be compared positively or negatively with another if you want to.


Compared to Canada, most things in Shanghai are dirt cheap.



I have a question.

I just got an offer from a company in shanghai (it's a foreigner company)

They offer me 15,000rmb per month salary. I wonder if this is ok for the living standard in Shanghai. Right now i'm living in guangzhou and this is about the same salary i am getting now.

I replied them with a "what about 40,000RMB"....so can you give some info about all this?

The job position is Design Director and right now in guangzhou I'm design Manager.




Hi Vic,

personally, I think this is sufficient for Shanghai but then again a lot depends on what kind of lifestyle you are after.

A lot of locals or expats managed to get by with RMB 10k or less too.

But moving from Guangzhou to Shanghai and to a higher position. I think its right to ask for more.



Well, thanks a lot for your answer.

Now I wait for their answer, :D

I have to to say this website is very useful!! ***** 5 stars!


10000 is already a lot. don't be too greedy, average income in shanghai is 4000.


if you're searching for a cheap accomodation in shanghai you should go to the website : homestayglobal.com
they provide lot of accomodations at the best price and had a good reputation.
I'm a french student and I already tested it and it was very safe, honest and you will find the best price for rent in shanghai.


If you want to find a local rate for an apartment, i suggest going on local sites like ajuke and then google translating it. This way you can see local rates and non expat rates. :) When you meet an agent you like, they can show you apartments around the area. that's what I did :)


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