What is the best city in the world to dine out in? What is the cost of looking stylish in Paris or renting an apartment in New York? No matter where you are the essentials stay the same, but the cost of living can vary greatly across the globe.
Luxury goods are notoriously more expensive on the Chinese mainland, and that's why many Chinese consumers do their luxury shopping overseas. Our seven-city survey finds, to no surprise, that the prices in Beijing and Shanghai are the highest in this category.
China Daily conducted interviews with one white-collar executive each in seven cities where we have representative offices to find out about his or her way of life, the cost of living and what he or she likes or dislikes about the city.
Western fast food is not adventure for many in mainland China, but a McDonald’s Big Mac meal in Beijing is not cheap when you can already get two bowls of noodles or three orders of dumplings for the same price.
Aurelie, a public relations officer at a French multinational company in Paris, is not into high-end designer brands. Instead, she prefers French brands that offers chic, simple and original look at mid-range prices.
When Asia Society's Rachel Cooper was at the University of California at Berkeley in the 1970s, she spent a semester on a cruise ship, stopping at various cities on a voyage that changed the course of her life.