Richelle / Life Part 2Richelle, who lives in Beijing.

China is definitely significantly cheaper than a lot of western countries. But how cheap is cheap? Beijing is one of my favorite cities in China, but is also one of the most expensive places to live in this vast country.

Whether you’re about to move to China, or are curious about the possibility, here is a step-by-step breakdown of what it costs to live in Beijing for one month.

The first and most obvious cost is housing. While this can vary greatly depending on the location and type of accommodation, you should expect to pay between $ 1,500 USD and $ 1,800 USD for a nice one-bedroom apartment or hutong house in a good area. If this seems expensive, there are definitely much cheaper options. I paid about $ 370 USD per month for a bedroom in an apartment with no living room and three random roommates.

While the housing in Beijing is expensive compared to other cities in China, public transportation is extremely cheap. The subway is $ .50 USD anywhere you want to go in the city. The bus is even cheaper, at about $ .05 with a bus card ($ …………… continues on Business Insider