As a disclaimer, this is simply an experience that I've learned from in many ways. Not a code tip. Take from it what you will.
I have recently found myself living in rural western China and meeting with local web design agencies to trade ideas. Most of articles I write tend to be directly work related, however I felt this change of perspective could also benefit some of you. Here's what I've learned so far:
What You Should Know
IE is by FAR the most popular browser (most people don't know there are others). On top of that, they are very very outdated.
Government censorship. Forget using script links to Google API, they wont work!
The government is your biggest client. Some of the best work agencies can get are government jobs. If you can't get these, you are stuck with very small businesses or very large corporations.
Web technology is impressively outdated.
There are a lot of people here, which presents a lot of opportunity.
Web apps tend to do very well (particularly social ones).
Office space, servers, and great team members are easy to find.
Small businesses will account for 90% of your clients. Work is not scarce.
If a team or agency is looking for users for their web app or product, I think is obvious to pursue every option. Adding support for high energy countries such as China should be a priority. Yet, I see that it is often overlooked for political reasons.
I'd love to hear your international business experiences. Please comment below as I continue to add to this Pro Tip.