China is very expensive.

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Does not make any 1000RMB / month
Copyright Carl Rytterfalk.

Was just talking to my chinese room mate that just came back from sweden. We talked beer and how good it tasted compared to chinese versions. He also said it was soo expensive.. wohwooo I said, that is if your salary is Chinese. If you have swedish salary it’s the opposite. Then Chinese beer in china is VERY expensive. \
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This is why:\
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– In Sweden a normal guy earns about 10000RMB after tax.\
– In China a normal guy earns about 1000RMB (no tax)\
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So a swed earns 10 times what a chinese does. So for a swed to understand the chinese situation he needs to multiply all prices in china with 10 to know what the price is to a chinese person. \
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Beer in China cost about 10RMB (in a bar) \
Beer in Sweden cost 40RMB (in a bar)\
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If the swedish beer had a chinese price it would cost 100RMB. More then double the price today. But to buy a beer in china with a swedish price would be very cheap. 4RMB. \
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Some small examples:\
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China:\
BigMac o Co = 17RMB\
package of noodles = 2RMB\
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Sweden:\
BigMac o Co = 39RMB\
Package of noodles = 2RMB\
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Get the picture? Think about buying a nice car here. A Volvo S40 for 250 000RMB. Ridiculous for a normal chinese. That would be 2.5 million RMB. Or a new Digital camera, a Sigma SD10: 10000RMB that would be 100 000RMB compared. \
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China is expensive. But if your salery is swedish AND you live in China THEN you’re lucky! Consider yourself rich!\

About Carl Rytterfalk

Welcome to my blog! I'm Carl Rytterfalk, a swedish photographer who loves everything that is interesting in the world of photography. In 2002 I fell in love with the three layered Foveon sensor and has since then been an addicted user of Sigma cameras. Though I use Canon and Nikon as well. :)
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