No updates in five years? As we all know, rental prices are going up pretty much everywhere in China.
In the not-so-posh, nowhere-near-downtown of Guangzhou, I pay 3300/month for 90 sq. meters, 2 bedroom plus office, one bath, excellent kitchen, good appliances, good furniture, screens on every window, all the details in place, A/C in every room, and located in a nicer-than-most complex. All buildings have elevators, there's a central complex with an outdoor pool, indoor gym and other amenities. This is a typical price for a place this size that is a 30-40 minute city bus ride from downtown.
A friend just rented a place that's not in downtown, but in the more central area of the city, which is close to the metro line and costs 2500/month. It's a 2 bedroom bare bones in some old-but-clean, five story buildings without elevators. The furniture is very worn and minimal. Not a single appliance of any kind: no water dispenser, no water heater, no clothes washer, no A/C, no refrigerator. Nothing electric included. It's just amazing how expensive such a place can be. The only thing good about it is the bathroom is decorated well.