The Verge writes:
Apple’s new iPad has launched in China, apparently without the chaos that accompanied previous releases. Reuters reports that stores in Shanghai and Beijing opened as planned, distributing pre-ordered devices in three-hour windows throughout the day. The strategy was meant to curtail the long lines and massive crowds often seen during launches of Apple’s coveted phones and tablets.
Typically, Apple has to deal with long lineups and scalpers when it debuts a new product in China. We would imagine the four month delay helped in this instance.