Internet Service in Beijing

Nowadays we would like to stay connected by being online whenever and wherever we go.

If you are planning a trip to Beijing, you may have a question “How can I get an internet connection in Beijing?”.

Internet Availability in Beijing
Internet access in Beijing is almost no big difference from other big cities in the world. Most offices and residences have internet access.

1. Free Wireless access at Beijing Capital Airport
When you arrive at Beijing airport, you could easily get wireless internet within its arrival or departure hall. The Starbucks, Mcdonald’s and cafes at the airport also offer internet connections (Some need Password, but you can get it form their front desks).

2. Internet at hotels in Beijing
Internet is available in most hotels in Beijing. If you don’t have a laptop with you, you could use the computers at the business centers of these hotels. If you have a laptop, you could use the broadband acceesible in your room. Some hotels also offer free wireless internet in the cafes or lobbies in their hotels.

3. Wi-fi at some Cafes, Starbucks, Mcdonald’s, internet cafes and some larges stores

Some Cafes, Starbucks, Mcdonald’s and some larges stores offer wi-fi service.

4. Wireless connections at some public places
More and more public places offer wireless access including Wangfujing Street, Xidan Commercial Street, Railway Stations, Financial Street, Yanshan and Zhongguancun area.

5. Broadband internet installed into your residence
If you would like to stay in Beijing  for a longer period of time, you may apply for internet broadband. But most modern residentail areas will have internet access installed.

Types of connections in Beijing
Asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) is right now the most popular type of connection in Beijing. Other internet connections include:

Internet over cable television lines

Mobile broadband over terrestrial mobile phone networks

Satellite Internet
Broadband over power line
Fiber to the home

A lis of Blocked Foreign Websites (at the time of my writing)


Internet service provider in Beijing

The largest internet service provider in Beijing is Chinaunicom. The other two are Chinamobile and Chinatelecom. A man from Chinaunicom could be arranged to install your internet service. You are expected to pay about 120 yuan a month for unlimited internet access.

Internet service provider contact number:

Tel: 10010
Tel: 52686688
Tel: 10000

Tip: Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Beijing guided tours:

Beijing Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Great Wall Tour
Beijing City Tour
Beijing Winter Tour
Beijing Autumn Tour
Car Rental in Beijing
Beijing Tours
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings

Best Time to Visit Beijing
How to plan a trip to Beijing

Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Walking Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Gui Jie ( Ghost Street) Food Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

6 thoughts on “Internet Service in Beijing

  1. hi,i am going to china to get admitted in capital medical university,wat i need to know is what type of internet connection will i get for my laptop and my cell-phone/please let me know and how much will they charge

  2. Hell Zannat,

    1. what type of internet connection is contingent on the connecion mode used by the capital medical university. Please consult your university for more information.

    2. There are many kinds of micro sim cards to activate your GSM cell phone. Please turn your Chinese classmates or teachers more information. It is a little complicated.

  3. Hello Mariela,

    It is very easy and popular to have home wireless Internet in Beijing or other parts of China. You may contact China Unicom to fix it. Their official webiste is ( in Chinese ). Try to have someone who knows Chinese help you make it. Have a good time in China!

  4. Hi. Me and my family visiting Beijing and Guangzhou middle December for 9 days. What prepaid internet data plan is available? Need to be able to communicate via whatsapp, viver etc with my family in case we separate. Thank you.

  5. Hello!

    I’m traveling to Beijing for a week, and might need internet. Is there an unlimited internet being offered by those telecoms for a week? If not, what is the cheapest yet most MB allowed that I can use? Thanks!

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