But how much is their rent? Recently, Southern Economic Think Tank of Nanfang Media Group, Newsgd.com, Nanfang Plus and China Construction Bank (Guangdong branch) has released the Big Mac Index 2018 of rent in Guangzhou, which measures the average monthly rental per square in Big Macs.
The Big Mac Index 2018 is a statistical analysis based on the rental transaction date (from January to July) of the houses within 1 kilometer of metro stations of 16 lines(number includes those still under construction) in Guangzhou, see below↓↓↓
From the figures above, it is clear that Tianhe District ranks as the most expensive in terms of rent per square meter. According to the big data, as of July this year the cost of renting new properties in Haizhu, Tianhe and Baiyun Districtshad risen by 9.7%, 4.2% and 1.9%year on year. When it comes to previously rented properties or second-hand housing market, the overall monthly rental price is 48.7 yuan per square (equivalent of 2.9 Big Macs), demonstrating a slight month-on-month decline of 1%.
Compared to last year, the average monthly rent per capita has risen to 2201.1 yuan (129 Big Macs), implying that wage earners are pursuing better living quality in general. However, that is still markedly cheaperthan the other 3 first-tier cities, with Beijing at 3213.6 yuan (189 Big Macs-a whopping increase of 60 on Guangzhou!), Shanghai 2881.8 yuan (170 Big Macs) and Shenzhen at 2509.1 yuan (148 Big Macs).
Director | Xie Sijia, Wing Zhang
Producer | Roy Lu, Luo Yanjun, Zeng Ni, Olivia Yang
Executive | Feng Shanshu, Tang Liuwen, Zhang Xilu, Wang Yongxing, Yang Xiaoyan, Chen Haiyan, Mai Xiaohua
Text | Nanfang Daily journalist Feng Shanshu
Translator| Keane Wong, December Yu
English editor| Simon Haywood
Graphic| Chen Le, Mia Lai