Human-resources agency ECA International recently reported that the cost of expatriate living in Asian cities, particularly those in China and Japan, is on the rise. While Tokyo maintains its reputation as the Asian city with the highest living cost, Beijing surpasses Hong Kong to claim the title of most expensive Chinese city for expatriates. Beijing's rise has been driven by both the strength of the Renminbi and persistent inflation, which has affected other Chinese locations. Among the ECA survey's Asian top ten, cities in China account for half of the total. In addition, Tianjin, Dalian, Shenyang, Qingdao, Chengdu, Suzhou, Wuhan, Xiamen, Xi'an, Nanjing and other major cities in China mainland have also risen to occupy the top 30 in the cost of living index rankings in Asian cities.
On that list, Chengdu came in at the No. 19 spot, up from its 2008 position of 110.
The ECA survey is conducted twice a year across 370 global locations. Findings are based on the price of 125 goods, including groceries, services, clothing, electronics, and entertainment items typically purchased by international workers. Accommodation, utilities, and school and transportation costs are not taken into account.
Given those findings, we'd like to conduct an informal poll to determine the average cost of living among our readers.
Taking into account all costs (including housing, utilities, food, entertainment, tuition if applicable, etc.) other than loan and credit-card payments, how much do you spend per month to live in Chengdu? What's the breakdown of your expenses? Leave responses as comments to this post.
–With research by Miya Yang