China has decided to unblock social networking sites, like Facebook and Twitter, in the free-trade zone of Shanghai by the end of this month to make foreigners 'feel at home'.
China said it will relax its strict censorship laws, but only in a small area of Shanghai, the BBC reports.
Facebook and Twitter were blocked in 2009 following riots, which the government blamed on social networks.
The Chinese government routinely censors the Internet and blocks access to websites, which it thinks are politically sensitive.
According to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the country now has more than 591 million Internet users and 460 million mobile web users.