Beijing

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 2.5% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

6
174/265
Details
Large apartment$1600.00
Medium apartment$1200.00
Rent index [score]0.61
Small apartment$800.00

Cost of Living

8
51/250
Details
5km taxi ride$2.90
A Cappuccino$4.10
A beer$1.60
A kilogram of Apples$1.60
Bread$1.50
Inflation [score]0.80
Lunch$5.60
Monthly fitness club membership$61.00
Monthly public transport$26.00
Movie ticket$9.90
Price of a meal at a restaurant$35.79

Startups

6
66/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups7
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.43
Coworking spaces [score]0.31
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co2
Meetups [score]0.39
Meetups groups108
Meetups members26138
Number of investors174
Number of startup events in the last 12 months55
Number of upcoming meetup events5
Startup climate scene [score]0.62
Startup events5
Startup events [score]0.26
Startups [score]0.71
Total number of startups481

Venture Capital

10
7/221
Details
Venture capital [score]0.97

Travel Connectivity

7
19/265
Details
Airport hub215
Airport hub [score]0.90
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.50

Commute

4
190/252
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/China/Beijing
Traffic handling [score]0.24

Business Freedom

4
242/263
Details
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
84/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.65
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year2
Guns per 100 residents5
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.96
Lack of guns [score]0.98
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.97

Healthcare

7
148/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.71
Healthcare quality [score]0.70
Life expectancy (years)76.07
Life expectancy [score]0.56

Education

8
9/239
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)5
PISA ranking8
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.90
PISA reading (high school)19
PISA science (high school)9
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]0.69

Environmental Quality

2
257/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.10
Cleanliness [score]0.30
Drinking water quality [score]0.10
Urban greenery [score]0.26

Economy

6
83/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area6.75
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

1
264/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.10
Income tax level [score]0.19
Profit tax (% of profit)0.69
Time overhead to file company taxes254
VAT (Sales Tax)0.17

Internet Access

3
221/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)15.26
Internet access (download) [score]0.38
Internet access (upload) [score]0.23
Upload speed (Mbps)4.82

Leisure & Culture

7
55/264
Details
Art galleries66
Art galleries [score]0.68
Cinemas117
Cinemas [score]0.41
Comedy clubs39
Comedy clubs [score]0.66
Concert venues65
Concerts [score]0.41
Historical sites66
Historical sites [score]0.81
Museums63
Museums [score]0.64
Performing art venues45
Performing arts [score]0.53
Sport venues54
Sports [score]0.53
Zoos9
Zoos [score]0.72

Tolerance

5
233/265
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.21
LGBT Equality Index32.33
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.30
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]0.62

Outdoors

5
120/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.33
Median peak in meters918.25
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 51st place of all 250 Teleport cities. 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)

$590$1,000
$800
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$61
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$18
Monthly public transport$26
Lunch$6
-55%
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 105th for salaries among 265 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)

$49,356
Median salary
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Locals review Beijing

Do locals recommend living in Beijing?

What could Beijing do better?#improveBeijing

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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

21%
For annual salary of $40000
24%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

17%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

250/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

257/262
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

4.90
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 114 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Visa

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Embassies

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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People in Beijing

Population of Beijing

12,377,000
5,370 /km²
16/264
Density (people per unit of area)
18%
Growth in 2015-2020
Beijing

Demographics of China

Median age
37
Elderly people
10%
Life expectancy at birth
76
GDP per capita (in USD)
$12,880
227/262
Unemployment
4%
28/263

Languages

English proficiency score
51
195/228
Common spoken languages
Chinese

Friends living in Beijing

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Teleport Users  X  Beijing

Teleport users who are      Beijing

Work in:

Founder
10.19%
Software Engineer
8.33%
Marketing Manager
5.56%
Product Manager
4.63%
Teacher
3.70%
Operations Manager
2.78%
Project Manager
2.78%
Other
62.04%

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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 China's capital, and its second largest city after Shanghai, with a population of more than 20 million. It has been the capital of the Chinese Empire for much of its history, and became seat of the People's Republic of China after the Chinese revolutions, as well as the country's educational and cultural center.

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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Good Country Index

Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

Overall ranking

China
57th from a total of 163 countries

World Order

97th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

16th

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

121st

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

118th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

102nd

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

60th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

27th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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