common impression of middle class from the Chinese is those people who could afford large houses, luxurious cars and other expensive goods (CASS, 2009), this indicates that the consumption level and lifestyle is a break-through point to measuring the middle class. However, to measure Chinese middle class’s consumption level and lifestyle is very complicate as well, because China is still not a mature consumption society in nowadays, and the middle class culture that recommended by the society has not yet widely formulated in China (CASS, 2004).
A survey held by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (2004) designed a questionnaire to estimate people’s consumption level by researching their modern appliances durables index, that they convince the modern appliance is a kind of good that has a common price in different regions and also got the parallel consumption value among Chinese people. According to this survey result (CASS, 2004), the people who meet the middle class consumption level accounts 35% of the total population of the right age, and among them, 41.8% are aged between 21 to 30, 54.4% are urban residents, more than 50% have high educational attainment and four-fifths of them are private entrepreneurs, business executives and government officials.
It is generally recognized that human capital often measured by rates of educational attainment (McKinsey, 2006 b), therefore the education level is a criterion to measuring Chinese middle class as well. Mainland China has