The British star returns to China as the two-time defending champion but the draw, made on Saturday, has not been kind.
Having been handed a first-round bye, Murray will open against either rising Australian star Bernard Tomic or Germany's Florian Mayer, a player who has made it through to the semi-finals of the China Open this week.
The world number three is then seeded to face Gilles Simon and the big-serving John Isner before a potential showdown with top seed Roger Federer in the last four.
Federer starts against either Chinese wild card Zhang Ze, a surprise quarter-finalist in Beijing this week, or a qualifier.
Novak Djokovic, whose first match will be against Grigor Dimitrov or Pablo Andujar, is seeded to come through from the other side of the draw.
Tomas Berdych is his scheduled semi-final foe but the Czech is in a loaded quarter alongside China Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, plus the men who will contest Sunday's Japan Open final, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori.