Internet in China

China has the world’s largest Internet network following or net citizenry. It is extensive all over the country. By the end of December, 2012, some 564 million users were reported. However, the supporting infrastructure technology shortcomings need to be addressed.

Internet in China Who are the internet providers in China and how much do they charge?
 Answer: The broadband and mobile internet service providers are China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile.  Depending on different regional providers, one can get variant fee schedules. They charge their broadband service either monthly or yearly. Generally, monthly payment is higher than annual payment. Mobile internet charge is by the month. Contact the providers for details. Their hotlines are:
China Unicom: 10010       China Mobile: 10086       China Telecom: 10000

 Can I access internet while in hotels?
 Answer: Most hotels now provide free broadband or WiFi service. Some may have a fee paying Business Center for computer and internet service. Ask before you go.

 How about the free WiFi access in public places?
 Answer: Progressively more public places have free WiFi, especially in big cities. In Hangzhou, free outdoor WiFi is available in most urban areas as of October, 30th, 2012; in Hong Kong, WiFi is available free on all metro trains; in Beijing, you find it on some city buses; in Shanghai, free WiFi is available in public places like the Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Museum, and Xin Tian Di, etc; in other cities, it is there at airports and railway stations, in some bars, fast food and high-end restaurants, shopping malls, and etc; recently, WiFi access service becomes common on domestic flights. This is the current trend. 

Mobile Access to Internet How can I access internet by my cell phone if WiFi is unavailable?
 Answer: You buy a Chinese SIM card for the mobile internet service. Then you surf the internet from your cell phone.

 I’ve heard about internet cafes. Do they exist in China?
 Answer: Yes, internet cafes exist in many regions of the country, although they are in decline. Where you see the character "网吧 (wangba)", you can surf with a fee on a customer-use computer. Procedure: you get to the front desk and buy a card. You insert the card into the computer for internet access. If there is credit left on the card when you finish, you get a refund at the front desk. Note that the rules at internet cafes can vary widely. The cost varies from city to city, but do expect CNY 1-5 per hour.
Warnings for surfing in an internet bar:
1. Guard your personal belongings against theft.
2. Leave before 9:00 at night as a measure of security.
3. Never do online banking in an internet bar.

 Can I logon onto Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc in China?
 Answer: Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc are blocked in China. If you want to open the pages, you would need help from proxy server providers.

 Popular Websites & Online Tools for Daily Lives in Chinese:
 Online Chat Tools: WeChat, Tencent QQ …
 Online Videos:,
 Online Social Networks:,
 Online Shopping:
Note: The above mentioned websites/tools are mostly in Chinese. 

 Major English Websites:,

- Last modified on Sep. 03, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Internet in China
Asked by Ruse from MALAYSIA | Sep. 03, 2019 04:59Reply
If I use data roaming, can I access Whatsapp & Gmail from China? Or do I still need a VPN?
Answers (1)
Answered by Hermosa from NETHERLANDS | Sep. 03, 2019 20:48

No, you still need to use VPN.
Asked by john from USA | Jan. 27, 2019 16:53Reply
How difficult will it be to access WiFi in China in order to use a portable translator?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jenny from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 28, 2019 02:01

You can access it in some public places like restaurants and hotels.
Asked by alex from INDONESIA | Dec. 09, 2018 18:59Reply
i will be travelling to Beijing on December 22,2018.
is there any free wifi spot ( cafe/etc ) that offers free wifi without local Chinese sim card phone.
Answers (1)
Answered by Banner from MALAYSIA | Dec. 10, 2018 18:22

Yes, generally there will be some free wifi spots in the cafes like Starbucks and some fast food restaurants like KFC.
Asked by Christine from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 19, 2018 17:58Reply
Can you use any email service eg hotmail, gmail, outlook?
Or is it only certain email companies you can access in China?
Answers (1)
Answered by Bowen from USA | Sep. 19, 2018 19:12

As I know, there is no problem to use the outlook but I'm not very clear about others.
Asked by Leet Ng from MALAYSIA | Sep. 05, 2018 23:45Reply
SIM card for mobile internet service
How much a Chinese SIM card for the mobile internet service ?
Answers (2)
Answered by Leslie from USA | Sep. 06, 2018 18:44

Now if you buy a SIM Card, some data will be contains. And it depends on how much data you need. The more expensive the card is. the more data it contains. You can consult this business in mobile service hall and learn their products and choose the best.
Answered by Leet Ng from MALAYSIA | Sep. 07, 2018 03:55

Thank you.
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