Beijing and Shanghai are now Asia 's seventh and eighth most expensive places to live in, overtaking Hong Kong, according to the results of a survey released on Tuesday.
Singapore also overtook Hong Kong for the first time in at least ten years, the Cost of Living Survey conducted by ECA International showed.
Beijing and Shanghai are more expensive now due to "significant price inflation" and a strong yuan. They are now the world's 35th and 41st most expensive cities, respectively, said Lee Quane, regional director for Asia at ECA International.
Tokyo remains the world's most expensive city to live in, while Hong Kong dropped 26 places to 58th position in the global ranking due to the weakness of its currency, which is pegged to U.S. dollar at a fixed rate. Hong Kong is now the ninth most expensive city in Asia.
Singapore rose by two places to the sixth in Asia, and advanced from 42nd place globally a year ago to 31st spot now, on a strong Singapore dollar and relatively high inflation. It is now less expensive in Asia than only four Japanese cities and Seoul.
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