Traveler's Tales China
edited by Sean O'Reilly, James O'Reilly, Larry Habegger
Bras, buddhas, and beers. This is exactly the sort of book I love for travel prep.
A collection of stories, essays, and excepts, peppered with sidebar quotations, it covers a wide range of topics, from various perspectives and time periods. Plenty of flavor without the bulk of readings lots of different books.