Beijing

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Quality of life in Beijing

Beijing, China, is among the leading cities with a higher number of accelerators or available funding. According to our city rankings, this is a good place to live with high ratings in cost of living, travel connectivity and safety.

Beijing is one of the top ten city matches for 1.8% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

5
202/263
Details
Large apartment$1846.90
Medium apartment$1334.82
Rent index [score]0.54
Small apartment$822.73

Cost of Living

7
73/261
Details
5km taxi ride$2.60
A Cappuccino$4.90
A beer$1.90
A kilogram of Apples$1.80
Bread$1.80
Inflation [score]0.73
Lunch$5.40
Monthly fitness club membership$70.00
Monthly public transport$25.00
Movie ticket$11.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$38.78

Startups

6
80/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups9
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.40
Coworking spaces [score]0.32
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co2
Meetups [score]0.38
Meetups groups103
Meetups members24100
Number of investors174
Number of startup events in the last 12 months53
Number of upcoming meetup events4
Startup climate scene [score]0.59
Startup events9
Startup events9
Startup events [score]0.36
Startups [score]0.72
Total number of startups508

Venture Capital

10
8/227
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Venture capital [score]0.96

Travel Connectivity

7
20/260
Details
Airport hub208
Airport hub [score]0.88
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.49

Commute

4
236/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/China/Beijing
Traffic handling [score]0.23

Business Freedom

4
238/259
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Business freedom54.20
Business freedom [score]0.24
Freedom from corruption36.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.25
Lack of labor restrictions62.00
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.49
Time to open a business30.00
Time to open a business [score]0.66

Safety

8
66/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.70
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year2
Guns per 100 residents6
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.96
Lack of guns [score]0.97
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.97

Healthcare

6
162/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.71
Healthcare quality [score]0.67
Life expectancy (years)76.07
Life expectancy [score]0.56

Education

8
7/230
Details
Best university in rankingPeking University
Best university ranking29
Country mean scores in PISA math test590.90
Country mean scores in PISA reading test569.59
Country mean scores in PISA science test580.12
PISA math ranking (high school)2
PISA ranking2
PISA ranking (high school) [score]1.00
PISA reading (high school)1
PISA science (high school)1
Percent of happy students0.84
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.04
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.03
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.03
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.55
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.25
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.27
University quality [score]0.68

Environmental Quality

2
256/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.10
Cleanliness [score]0.28
Drinking water quality [score]0.10
Urban greenery [score]0.28

Economy

6
83/258
Details
Currency for urban areaCNY
GDP growth rate0.07
GDP growth rate [score]1.00
GDP per capita$12879.85
GDP per capita [score]0.22

Taxation

2
259/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.10
Income tax level [score]0.21
Profit tax (% of profit)0.69
Time overhead to file company taxes254

Internet Access

3
213/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)11.98
Internet access (download) [score]0.30
Internet access (upload) [score]0.31
Upload speed (Mbps)6.54

Leisure & Culture

7
60/263
Details
Art galleries92
Art galleries [score]0.62
Cinemas109
Cinemas [score]0.41
Comedy clubs36
Comedy clubs [score]0.67
Concert venues65
Concerts [score]0.46
Historical sites62
Historical sites [score]0.80
Museums67
Museums [score]0.65
Performing art venues49
Performing arts [score]0.51
Sport venues58
Sports [score]0.53
Zoos10
Zoos [score]0.71

Tolerance

4
247/264
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.21
LGBT Equality Index32.33
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.32
LGBT adoption rights✖ Illegal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
LGBT discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT employment discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✖ Not legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.40

Outdoors

5
100/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.38
Median peak in meters972.50
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)50.00
Water access [score]0.65
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Beijing are in the 73rd place of all 261 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,357$2,336
$1847
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$70
Movie ticket$11
Broadband internet connection$18
Monthly public transport$25
Lunch$5
-48%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Beijing are above average. For this job type, Beijing ranks 111th for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Beijing.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$48,080
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

5.96
Guns per 100 people
1.55
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Beijing in position 91 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassy of Afghanistan in Beijing, China

No. 8 Dong Zhi Men Wai Da Jie, Chao Yang District, 00600

Phone: +86-10-6532-1582

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Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.7

Climate type

Hot Summer Continental

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Beijing

6:11 What to Do in Beijing, China | 36 Hours Travel Videos | The New York Times

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On living in Beijing

Beijing (北京 Běijīng) is the capital of the most populous country in the world, China, and its second largest city after Shanghai. It was the seat of the Ming and Qing dynasty emperors until the formation of a republic in 1911. Beijing is the political, educational and cultural center of the country and as such it is rich in historical sites and important government and cultural institutions.

The city is well known for its flatness and regular construction. There are only three hills to be found within the city limits (in Jingshan Park to the north of the famous Forbidden City). Like the configuration of the Forbidden City, Beijing is surrounded by concentric so-called "ring roads", which are actually rectangular.

Beijing is a dynamic, changing city. There is a mix of old and new all around (especially within the 3rd and 2nd Ring Roads). Here you can see the most modern, envelope-pushing technologies and social innovations butting heads with the most ancient cultural norms and social settings. The people here can seem a bit cold, but once you break the ice you will find that they are very friendly and engaging.

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