China can be split into four regions, these are as follows:
Northern China – this region covers northern provinces centred around Beijing and those not covered but Consulates-General in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing.
Eastern China– this region covers the provinces centred around China’s commercial capital Shanghai and its neighbouring provinces of Jaingsu, Zhejiang and Anhui.
South China – this region focuses on the Pearl River Delta region of Guandong Province and the main coastal cities of Fujian Province, including Guangxi and Hainan.
South West China – this region is centred around China’s most populous city, Chongqing and includes the provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou.
Many large Chinese businesses remain in the State sector and, in addition, apparently private firms often turn out to have a significant influence on the way a company does business, so you should be aware of the wider political situation as this will give a greater understanding of the Chinese side. City mayors and other local officials in China often wield far more power than do their counterparts in the UK. Good personal relationships are key to successful business in China, and taking the time to get to know key officials is likely to make doing business much smoother.