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Don’t be fooled by the minimalist design of the guest rooms at the Andaz Shanghai — the modern style is matched by advanced in-room technology. A 42-inch Samsung television is provided with a range of international channels like CNN, HBO, Cinemax, Discovery and more, and the set pivots in two directions for easy viewing from all areas of the room. Customizable LED lights are installed in the false skylight above the bed and the boxy acrylic bases of the bathroom tub and sink at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel, allowing guests to doze under a changing rainbow of lights or take a bath in a blue glow. A mobile phone charging dock on one nightstand also serves as a simple sound system, while master control panels pull out from both nightstands to operate the lighting, privacy notifications and curtains. But our favorite feature is the unadvertised one: the free and fast Wi-Fi is routed through a VPN that allows guests to access a number of popular news, video and social media websites that are otherwise blocked on the mainland.