Shanghai Laundry

Laundry outside
Laundry outside

MI 3 and Laundry
The always amazing SARFT (State Administration of Radio, Film & Television, search for it on Google and you’ll find more highlights of this small club that decides what is appropriate to view in China) is not so happy yet with the new movie of T. Cruise, MI3.

It was filmed for a big part in Shanghai with approval and so on.

Why, you may ask. Well, there are scenes cluttered with laundry hanging in the streets of Shanghai. A pretty normal thing but not something we want to show the rest of the world as it could hurt the Shanghai Image.

Coming soon is a series of the best hanging laundry pics in Shanghai.

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2 Responses to “Shanghai Laundry”

  1. cat
    August 21st, 2006 13:17

    Hello, will you please advise me as to living standards in Shang Hai. i’ve been offered a job there and i am considering it very seriously. my basic gross salary at the commencement of employment will be RMB 22,000 a month. Individual income tax will be borne by me, i believe at 20%, and deducted in the gross salary.

    i was wondering if you feel this is a good salary and whether i will find a place to live within reach?


  2. Shanghai
    August 21st, 2006 22:24

    First, congratulations with your job offer. Having said that I will get to what you want to know.

    It’s not a bad salary. There are lot of foreigners that live on 10.000 Rmb here but all comes down to expectations and experience.

    Cost of living Shanghai

    22.000 Rmb minus 20% tax = 17600 Rmb (You may try to find out whether your company accepts receipts that can be used to limit the absolute amount of tax you pay)


    An average apartment will set you back between 3000 to 6000 Rmb. I don’t know if you speak Chinese. If you don’t, the price will be higher unless you can get some help from Chinese friends. Let’s average it at 4000 Rmb.

    To get an idea check out the real estate classified sections on or shanghaiexpat


    Commuting cost - Say you work 23 days a week and you take the subway or bus it will be be 100 and 150 Rmb.
    It helps if you live close to your office as commuting can easily be half an hour or more. If your office is in the center you may want to look in an area nearby.

    Taxis are cheap but hard to get during rush hours. Average ride will be between 11 -17 Rmb (in the center)


    This will vary on what you are used to eat, like to cook for yourself or eat out

    I would say between 5000 and 8000 (more if you eat out and choose western food)


    Clothes, things for the apartment, weekend activities

    Probably whatever is left:)

    In a conservative scenario it will come down to:

    17600 Rmb - 5000 - 150 - 7000 = 5450 Rmb that is left.

    Shanghai is not very cheap but if you find your way around it won’t be too expensive either. It can be a great experience and you will definitely be able to survive on your salary. You probably won’t be able to save a lot of money.

    All the above are just rough estimations. Ask around on the forums, expat websites about China, and if anybody reads this, please chime in with your own thoughts.

    Hope this helps a bit.

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