In front of the watching Yao Ming, the first match of the restart saw Zhejiang Guangsha Lions defeat Nanjing Monkey Kings 112-95. Both teams bowed at the end to the largely empty arena in Qingdao and celebrations were muted.
Yao, president of the CBA and the former Houston Rockets All-Star, was among the few in the stands and had a mask on. An electronic screen showed supporters watching remotely.
Beforehand, players, coaches and officials stood with their heads bowed for a period of silence in remembrance of those who died in recent months of coronavirus.
There were five matches scheduled on Saturday, with former NBA champion Jeremy Lin in action for the Beijing Ducks, as the CBA races to make up for lost time.
When the CBA was brought to a halt on February 1, at the height of the coronavirus outbreak in China, defending champions Guangdong Southern Tigers topped the standings after 30 matches.