Food Costs in China

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Restaurants

The cost of food in China is significantly cheaper when compared to the western world, with most restaurant meals costing no more than 30RMB. Most schools provide breakfast, and lunch, which means you could live in China without having to cook by just paying for dinner! In a Tier one city, one could grab a hot bowl of noodle soup, or an egg-plant dish that would cost no more than 20RMB

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Takeaway

For takeaway, China is perfect for it. You’ll often see delivery people here running with small plastic bags of food around lunch time. Once set-up in your apartment, you can access a variety of delivery applications on WeChat. Food from takeaway includes costs of chopsticks and packaging, but what you gain with extra cost, you’ll save on convenience. With access to all your local restaurants at the tip of your fingers, food costs here can vary. Expect to pay the same price as if going into the restaurant, plus 10RMB for delivery and packaging.

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Street Food

Street-food is a great alternative for those looking to grab a freshly roasted sweet-potato (8RMB), sweetcorn (6RMB) or fried noodles (10RMB). Street-food in China is an inexpensive option for those looking to keep travelling around the city without wasting invaluable time in a sit-down restaurant.

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Home Brands

To access your beloved home brands, expect to pay a little bit more. Pizza can cost 140RMB with coffee ranging anywhere from 25-40RMB. There are international stores in every major city that offer home-brands but expect these to be more expensive as well due to import/export costs.

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Supermarkets

Supermarkets are everywhere in China and you’re never too far away from one. They host everything you need for attempting your favourite meals. Most now offer a small international section where you can buy, for example, 500g of pasta (18RMB) with sauce (9RMB), 1kg oats (26RMB). For fruit, 3 bananas will cost you around 6RMB, half a watermelon is 18RMB with the more expensive fruits such as cherries, blueberries and strawberries being cheapest (but still expensive) when they’re in season, and more expensive when they’re not. 100g of Blueberries can cost 25RMB and is the cheapest of the three. 

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