Cost of Living
China classifies its cities under a tier system. The cities are evaluated on population, Gross Domestic Product, political ranking and many other factors. Jinan is classified as an upper tier 2 range. This means that there’s a lower cost of living, but the city is developed and modern. Let’s look at Jinan’s cost of living compared to other large cities in China.
Speaking on apartment costs, Utilities per month is about ¥383 for electric, heat, cooling, water and garbage. Internet is about ¥36.25 a month.
The cost of living for everything in Jinan is very affordable.
*All prices are in Chinese Yuan, and all figures are from numbeo.com.
For more information on the tier system you can check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_city_tier_system.
Jinan is a very easy city to navigate. I have no problem getting around by just using my GPS and hopping on the bus, which cost ¥2 for one way on the K or T bus and ¥1 for one way on the bus without a letter. If you are not someone who is keen to carry cash on you that is alright because you can pay for the bus using WeChat. You can also walk or ride a bike around the city. There are several bike-share programs that you can access by downloading an app.
Older people living in Jinan are likely to speak a version of Mandarin that is called the Jinan Dialect, which is not even easily understood by native Mandarin speakers. Younger people usually speak the traditional dialect of Mandarin, but there is usually a thick accent and Jinan dialect is also mixed into their regular Mandarin.