cost of living in harbin

Cost of Living in Harbin, China

Harbin is the capital of Heilongjiang province in northeast China. It is the tenth largest city in China and serves as a key political, economic, scientific, cultural and communications center for all of northeast China.

Harbin is strongly influenced by the Siberian cold and wind during the winter months. Since 1963, Harbin has been famous for its Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, held annually every February.


For a 85 m2 (900 sqft) accommodation in Harbin, the monthly rate ranges from US $275 to $740 (depending on area as well). A 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio will cost $270 to $579.


A basic meal/lunch can cost between $4.72 to $7. One dozen eggs cost $1.61 while one kilo each of tomatoes, apples and potatoes totals to $3.50.
Transportation – 1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas is only $1.09 while a monthly ticket of public transport only costs $58.


Public transportation fees are relatively low in Qingdao with a one-way ticket averaging $.2, a monthly pass at $9 and a taxi ride for 5 kilometres at $3.58.


Utilities which include electricity, heating, gas and water can range from $46 to $150 per month depending on usage, while data, messaging and internet will cost you $18 to $25 per month.


Harbin provides quality higher education learning with universities such as Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin University of Science and Technology, Harbin Engineering University and Harbin Normal University. Depending on your program, the yearly tuition can range from $2,800 to $5,600.

Miscellaneous expenses

Depending on how you spend, you can allocate $100 to $150 on clothes and personal care. If you want to relax and unwind, you can have a basic dinner out for two in the neighborhood pub for $13, watch a movie for $8, enjoy a cup of cappucino for $4 or drink a local beer for $2.

Average monthly cost of living

The average monthly cost of living in Harbin for a single person is between $600 to $900.

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