Facebook is banned in nearly all of china by the communist government.
But chinese authorities are preparing to allow the social network — and other western websites — in one major city.
The ban would be lifted in the new shanghai free-trade zone.
A report in the south china morning post says the new policy will allow access to Facebook, Twitter, the New York Times and other media sites.
China is modeling shanghai after hong kong, where internet censorship found elsewhere in china is relaxed.
Foreign telecoms will also be allowed to provide internet access around shanghai.
The south china morning post quoted an unnamed government official who said the new rules were aimed at attracting foreign workers, investors and tourists.