Our beloved Shanghai is not known for being a cheap place to live, but just how much more does it cost to call this city home? In this infographic by Far West China, they compare five cost of living differences in Shanghai versus Urumqi, the capital of China’s northwestern Xinjiang Autonomous Region. Kindly included are several laowai necessities, such as number of McDonald’s, number of Starbucks, and how much foreign teachers make.
Unsurprisingly, Shanghai wins most McDonald’s, but an apartment will run you six times as much as one in Urumqi.
By Lauren Holdcroft