• Imported English-language newspapers can be bought from five-star-hotel bookshops and some read online. The Shànghǎi-published English-language newspaper the Shanghai Daily ( is a better read than the insipid national China Daily (, but is nevertheless censored.


Stacked up in bars, restaurants and cafes, free expat entertainment and listings magazines cover all bases:

  • City Weekend ( Glossy bimonthly.
  • That’s Shanghai ( Info-packed monthly.


Websites can be jammed but it's possible to listen to the following:

  • BBC World Service (
  • Voice of America (


  • Your hotel may have ESPN, Star Sports, CNN or BBC News 24. You can also tune into the (censored) English-language channel CCTV9 (Chinese Central TV).