China Briefing Releases New Business Guide for Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta

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Sept. 20 – China Briefing has just released the fourth edition of its regional business guide “The Yangtze River Delta: Business Guide to the Shanghai Region” – offering business-minded individuals an up-to-date reference source for all of the key issues concerning setting up and successfully operating a business in East China.

With its proximity to suppliers, easy access to ports and well-developed infrastructure, the Yangtze River Delta region continues to draw large quantities of foreign investment.

Cities in the Yangtze River Delta dominated the Forbes Magazine “Best Cities for Business in Mainland China” list in 2010, filling six of the top ten slots. This guide walks you through the major players in the region.

With an engaging, highly visual format, this new edition takes a practical, city-focused approach, walking you through the economies of the region’s key cities with a level of specificity available through few other English sources. This guide also offers an overview of the region’s provinces from a business standpoint and introduces the basics of establishing a business in the region.

An accessible and engaging compilation of the practical information you need for doing business in the region, this guide is part of a series of business guides – including those to Beijing and Northeast China, South China and the Greater Pearl River Delta, Central China, and West China – that will be released in the coming months in this new updated format. Please continue to check this site for updates or sign up for our Asia Briefing weekly newsletter to stay on top of all of our newly released publications.

The Yangtze River Delta: Business Guide to the Shanghai Region (Fourth Edition)” is available for immediate PDF download on the Asia Briefing Bookstore, priced at US$40. Excerpts from the guide are also available prior to purchase.


1. Setting the Scene

  • The China Picture
  • Shanghai & the YRD in Perspective

2. Provinces and cities of the YRD


Jiangsu Province

  • Changzhou
  • Nanjing
  • Suzhou
  • Changshu
  • Kunshan
  • Taicang
  • Wuxi
  • Yangzhou

Zhejiang Province

  • Hangzhou
  • Ningbo
  • Wenzhou

Anhui Province

  • Hefei

3. Establishing Business

  • Setting up in China
  • Business Taxes
  • Development Zones
  • Appendix, Directory, References

This guide was also written in collaboration with Dezan Shira & Associates, a boutique professional services firm providing foreign direct investment business advisory, tax, accounting, payroll and due diligence services for multinational clients in China. For more information on conducting business in Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta, please contact, visit, or download the firm’s brochure here.

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