You may want to check out the 'PhotoShoots' section of the sub-forum. For tips on how to shoot, you can mingle with the folks in the 'Portraits and Poses' section- I'm sure they're nice folks and will share with you.
If you need models for the shoot, check out the 'Modelling Services Directory' and 'Commercial Services Offered' sections.
Or if you'll like authentic Chinese natives, you can go China, it's relatively cheaper (depending on which province) to hire models there. Alternatively, some of the brothers in the P&P may have some leads to them without traveling overseas.
As and whenever you think you are fit enough....like
when your body doesn't shake, fingers doesn't tremble, lips is not dry, heartbeat is pumping at normal rate, and no swelling of certain body organ. That means you're well composed and can start to compose.