The China Briefing News Service has a couple of interesting items on the VAT reform in China. Shanghai kicked off a pilot project in the transport and certain modern service sectors, and is expected to benefit 120,000 businesses in the area. China Briefing has a detailed overview here: http://www.china-briefing.com/news/2011/11/18/chinas-sat-details-vat-reform-issues-in-shanghai.html
Recently, the Beijing municipal government submitted its application to start a similar pilot project. China Briefing writes that the added value of the service industry in Beijing takes up over 75% of the GDP of the area, the highest nationally. See here: http://www.china-briefing.com/news/2012/01/02/beijing-applies-for-implementation-of-vat-reform-pilot-project.html.