The 33-year-old enjoyed great success when he joined the Asian Tour in 2000, winning three titles in his first season.
The Englishman then built on that with six title triumphs on the European Tour and has had a decent 2011 to date - winning both the KLM Open and Irish Open.
He faces plenty of tough opponents in Shanghai with all four Major winners - Charl Schwartzel, Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Keegan Bradley - vying for the £720,000 first prize along with the likes of defending champion Francesco Molinari, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer.
World number one Luke Donald is not playing as he is with his wife as they expect their second child, while Sergio Garcia has decided to have a rest following successive title wins in Spain.
Dyson is among a large group of players who could contest the title and he admits he enjoys playing in Asia.
"It's weird the success I've had out here and it's amazing what it's done for my confidence," said Dyson.
"Every time I come this way, I feel as if I'm going to play well. And, though I don't want this to sound big-headed, I have this feeling that everyone else knows."