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Luxury hotels leap over Great Firewall to access Twitter and Facebook


Published on Aug 26, 2013

Guests at some luxury hotels in Shanghai, Beijing and other major cities have been surprised to access Facebook and Twitter - the social media services banned on the mainland for years.

They connect to the services using mobile phones in the hotels' lobbies, where Wi-Fi is provided, or through laptops via high-speed broadband in their rooms. Guests at the Grand Hyatt and the Park Hyatt in Shanghai have reported success in connecting to the sites.

"We started to offer internet accesses to foreign sites like Facebook and Twitter from June this year. It's because many of our customers are overseas business clients. They hope to be able to use foreign sites. So we moved our internet servers from Shanghai to Hong Kong," a spokesman for the Park Hyatt in Shanghai said.

The spokesman said he understood the hotel would have had "communications with the local government" before it gave guests access to foreign sites. A spokesman for the Grand Hyatt in Shanghai also confirmed guests at the hotel had access to foreign sites.

Read the full story from South China Morning Post


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