Beijing opens up more free Wi-Fi hotspots

More locations in the Chinese capital now offer free wireless Internet access, as the city government expands its three-year free Wi-Fi service.

Free public Wi-Fi hotspots in the Chinese capital of Beijing have been expanded to a total of 11 areas, as the city government ramps up its plan to offer free wireless service for three years.

A Xinhua report Thursday listed the 11 areas as Wangfujin Commercial Street, Xidan Commercial Street, Olympic Park, Chaoyang Park, Blue Harbor, Shanlitun, Zhongguanchun pedestrian street, Financial Street, Beijing Station, Beijing South Railway Station, and Beijing West Railway Station.

An unnamed city official said free Wi-Fi service will be extended to other areas with dense population such as Shichahai, Houhai and Nanluoguxiang.

Locals and foreign visitors to the city can access the free wireless Internet service though the My Beijing portal. Users will need to enter their mobile numbers into the system which will then send a password to their phones for them to access the Wi-Fi network.

According to the report, the free Wi-Fi service was first rolled out in November 2011.