News stands in China generally don't stock foreign newspapers and magazines, but most four and five star hotels sell publications like The International Herald Tribune, USA Today, the Asian Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Economics, Newsweek and Time.
If you want to know what's happening in China, your best bet is to consult a locally published English-language newspaper or magazine. China Daily, a broadsheet often offered for free in hotels and sold for RMB 1 in newsstands, is a trove of information about China. Its Tuesday insert, Business Weekly, provides in-depth coverage of business and finance, and its weekend section focuses on travel and entertainment.
Large cities like Shanghai and Beijing offer ex-pat-authored English language entertainment guides. Here you can find the latest specific information on nightlife, services, resources, and entertainment acts in your locale. A major ex-pat guide is the series which has a Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and a national edition.
Large bookstores usually have a foreign language section with some translated Chinese literature and Western classics. Major cities have large foreign language bookstores. It's also a good place to stock up on phrasebooks and anything related to Chinese culture or history.
You may find it helpful to have a good map to complement those found in this book. Basic maps are widely available: hotels give them to guests; hawkers sell them outside tourist sites.