According to an online source there are now 4,000 Chinese restaurants in Britain and a further 8,000 Chinese takeaways.
The notion of business needs to be turned on its head and it starts with being able to effectively communicate in Mandarin.
The Bristol delegation presented Guangzhou with a Shaun the Sheep statue to mark the 15th anniversary of their cultural and trade link.
Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy has taken matters in hand and has just spent a week courting investors in China and Hong Kong.
The Lake District’s links with the Chinese tourism market have been strengthened with a visit by a delegation from the country’s consular general and a major broadcast outlet.