According to data from Diyi Caijing, Beijing’s average rent in the not-so-desirable spotlight ranks highest in China. The average rent per month, per square meter in our fair city was RMB 71.24 in 2016, an increase of 13.46 percent from last year. That means we should pay approximately RMB 9,000 per month for a 130-square-meter three-bedroom apartment.
For anyone living within the Third Ring Road, that’s likely to be much lower than what you’re paying, but remeber that this information includes data from the further outlying districts of Tongzhou and even Changping, where the cost of living is much lower.
Shanghai comes closely behind Beijing in the second place, with RMB 66.34/sqm/Month on average in 2016, also up more than 13 percent year on year.
Shenzhen and Guangzhou take the thrid and fourth places respectively with an average of RMB 66.25 and 44.47.
At bottom of the list is Shijiazhuang, the capital of neighboring Hebei province, with an average of about a quarter of Beijing's rent.