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Free Wireless Internet Hot Spots in Shanghai

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While the ubiquitous McDonald's and Starbucks in Shanghai have ceased to provide free wireless internet (wi fi) access, they are still lots of hot-spots around the city where it won't cost anything to go online.

There are four wireless internet service providers in Shanghai: China Telecom's Tianyitong, China Unicom's CDMA 1X, China Netcom's Mobile Office, and China Mobile's E-Traveler. Pre-paid wireless Internet cards for the various providers can be purchased at the business centres of most four- to five-star hotels.

Below is list of venues in the major commercial areas of Shanghai, where wireless internet access is still free.

Free wireless internet and wi-fi hotspots in Shanghai's Pudong area

Super Brand Mall
One of Shanghai's biggest malls, overlooking the Huangpu River.
168 West Lujiazui Road, Pudong, Shanghai
Tel: 6887 7888

St. Regis Hotel
Five-star hotel popular with business travelers.
889 Dong Fang Road, Pudong, Shanghai
Tel: 5050 4567

Shangri-La Hotel, New Tower
Five-star hotel overlooking the Huangpu River. Free wireless internet access is only available in the new tower, charges apply in the old tower.
33 Fu Cheng Road, Pudong, Shanghai
Tel: 6882 8888

Free wireless internet and wi-fi hotspots in Shanghai's Xintiandi, Huaihai Lu and the former French Concession

Popular chain of Hong Kong style Cantonese restaurants with outlets around town.
Lane 123 Xingye Road, Xintiandi, Shanghai
Tel: 6385 1311

Work space and coffee lounge
365 Xiangyang Road, Shanghai 200031
Tel: 6431 4923, website

American-style bistro.
Building 5, Lane 181, Taicang Road, Xintiandi, Shanghai
Tel: 3307 0798

LUNA Café Bar & Restaurant
Pleasant spacious restaurant well-placed for people watching.
Building 16, Lane 181, Taicang Road, Xintiandi, Shanghai
Tel: 6336 1717

Housed in a historical villa with pleasant garden seating.
11 Dongping Road (by Hengshan Road), Shanghai
Tel: 6474 6166

Zapata's Mexican Cantina
Next door to Sasha's and shares its garden seating area.
5 Hengshan Road, Shanghai
Tel: 6474 6166

O'Malley's Irish Pub
Outdoor seating available and real fireplace keeps your fingers warm in winter.
42 Taojiang Road (by Hengshan Road), Shanghai
Tel: 6474 4533

Ruzzi Restaurants
Spacious restaurant with reasonable prices and outlets in three commercial districts.
1. Level B1, Hong Kong New World Tower, 300 Middle Huaihai Road, Shanghai
Tel: 6386 5005

2. 528 Fuzhou Road (near Hubei Road),Shanghai
Tel: 6360 3031

3. Grand Gateway, 5F Food Court, 1 Hongqiao Road (by Huashan Road), Xujiahui, Shanghai
Tel: 6448 2595

Alexander Gym
Gym with health club and swimming pool.
3F, Building 6-7, 123 Xinye Road, Xintiandi, Shanghai
Tel: 5358 1188

Free wireless internet and wi-fi hotspots in Shanghai's People's Square/ Nanjing Lu

Element Fresh
Healthy garbs, smoothies, and free internet.
Unit 112, Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai
Tel: 6279 8682

Valley Gourmet
Small cosy lunch venue next to Shimen No. 1 Road metro stop
819 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai
Tel: 5213 0571

Big Bamboo
Airy American-style restaurant-pub with sports on TV and free wifi.
132 Nanyang Road (near Xikang Road), Shanghai
Tel: 6256 2265

Blue frog
Popular restaurant-bar on the Tongren Road stretch of bars with branches on Maoming Road and Pudong.
86 Tongren Road (near Yan'An Road), Shanghai
Tel: 6247 0320

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
American-style coffee spot.
Unit 02-03, Block 10, Xintiandi
6387 4248

Vienna Cafe
European cafe, quiet, charming, excellent cakes.
25 Shaoxing Lu, House 2 (near Shanxi Nan Lu)
6445 2131

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