Hello, my name is Gareth. I am a 27 year old Welshman currently living in Shenzhen, China. I currently write a variety of posts for different social media platforms, I’m going to use this blog as a central repository of all.

In 2015 I left Guangzhou after 2 ½ years living there and lived in the UK for 3 years, and have now returned, but to a more modern city this time. My first bit of advice is, if you don’t speak Chinese you will find it very difficult to establish a business here. If that is the case, and you don’t have the time of energy to learn Chinese, you could find yourself a partner but you will have to be certain they are someone you can trust.

I am here on my own, and the business I have set-up is my own and I am the only member. I figure the majority of WFOE’s being set-up are being run by far wiser, and far better resourced organisations than my own. It is my hope that I can show you that anyone can do it.

The nature of my business is in Business Consulting, Trade, Investment, and British immigration. In this blog I will not really venture into the technicalities of my business activities, though when it is relevant to setting up a business I may make reference. I am not a manufacturer or an importer (yet!), so if you are planning these functions I’m not sure how helpful this blog will be to you, though I will include what I learn if I think it might be useful to others.

I will also include pictures where possible, and some useful Chinese phrases that could help you get by. I will divide up the blog into sections based on when I do them, for example 5. Temporary Residency Permit. If there is a follow-up action then it will be called 12. Temporary Residency Permit, Part II. Hopefully this means if you are looking for a specific topic, using Ctrl+F it should be pretty easy to find.

Specifically, I am setting up a WFOE in Shenzhen, China. I already have a registered LLC in the UK, which I believe will be the 100% shareholder of the Chinese firm. I will also include information on setting up a JV and RO, though I don’t have personal experience of doing these. Added to that, this blog will contain information about living in China (for example the Temporary Residency Permit) that isn’t explicitly related to setting up a company, but is pretty important if you wish to live and trade here.

I hope you enjoy the blog. If you have any questions, comments, or criticisms, please send to or my Wechat is Longley1

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