"Free Wi-Fi in Shanghai" Shanghai Favorite Tip by MikeySoft
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Favorite thing: I found it relatively easy to get free wi-fi but it does depend on where you travel. In China, the law requires the government to know the identity of everyone connected to the internet. This is ignored by many Chinese places like food cafes with free wi-fi. They just post the password for everyone to use.
However, in foreign places such as McDonalds and Starbucks, you must register using your mobile phone to use the free internet. Passport info is required to get a local SIM card for your phone.
The only foreign places I found in China that does not enforce the ID law are Apple stores. The one in Shanghai is in a main tourist area and I just walk in and connect my iPod to the Apple internet.
Many of the hotels / hostels also have wi-fi. It is usually free at hostels and less expensive hotels. You uesally have to pay extra at more expensive hotels. Some Chinese hotels may only have wired Internet in your room which can connect to your computer.
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