Latest tips Q&A about Canton Fair 


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Latest tips Q&A about Canton Fair 

Q: Is it worth going to the Canton Fair?

A: The Canton fair provides a great opportunity this for buyers to meet their suppliers and build a rapport with them. The event also provides a chance to personally meet several exhibitors, negotiate prices and delivery terms, take a look at their work samples and pay a visit to the manufacturer before closing the deal.

Q: What to expect from the Canton Fair?

A: The Canton Fair is organized into three phases, each spanning five days, with different product categories featured in each phase. The 1st phase usually focuses on electronics, machinery, and building materials, while the 2nd phase features consumer goods, gifts, and home decorations.

Q: How many people visit Canton Fair?

A: The 134th Canton Fair issued a total of 638,000 badges, received 2.75 million visits and 1.77 million visitors as well as 44000 vehicles, built 74,000 booths and served 1.01 million meals.

Q: How do I prepare for the Canton Fair?

A: Like with any other trade show, it’s a good idea to spend some time researching the suppliers who will be at the fair. Keep in mind that the Canton Fair website isn’t the easiest to navigate, so be patient. Make a list of 20-30 suppliers in advance, along with their booth numbers, that you plan to visit.

Q: How much does it cost to go to the Canton Fair?

A: Usually, the foreigner online registration for the Canton Fair is free. However, if you opt for on-site registration at the fair, you will be charged a fee of 200 RMB or around 30 USD. Travel cost include flight tickets, local transportation, and accommodation during your time at the Canton Fair.

Q: How far from hotel to Canton Fair? Any suggestion living place?

A: Most hotels have shuttle to/from Fair, 45 minutes rides. Living in Tianhe district or Haizhu district. Zhujiang New Town is a good suggestion, close to fair across the river, it is also on subway Line 3, same one from the airport.

Q: Can anyone go to Canton Fair?

A: To attend the Canton Fair, you will need an invitation which is needed to Apply for a Visa to China.

Q: Where is Canton Fair held? How many booths are at the Canton Fair?

A: Canton Fair is held in China Import and Export Fair (Pazhou) Complex in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province in China.

The complex is one of the biggest in Asia and accommodates over 60,000 booths.

Q: What metro line is Canton Fair on?

A: The Canton Fair host ground is located at Pazhou Complex, with nearby metro station Pazhou(琶洲) or XinGangDong (新港东), Line 8.

Area A of the exhibition hall: Exit A of Xingang East (新港东)  Station of Line 8

Area B of the exhibition hall: Exit A and B of Pazhou (琶洲)  Station, Line 8

Area C of the exhibition hall: Exit C of Pazhou (琶洲) Metro Station Line 8

Q: What do you wear to the Canton Fair?

A: You are going to be spending a lot of time walking around the fair so make sure that your clothes are comfortable and breathe well – natural fibres are a better idea here. Make sure that you have shoes that are broken in and comfortable to walk in. That said, you must still look presentable so aim for smart-casual.

Q: Where to eat at Canton Fair?

A: It has different food to serve in exhibition hall, follow up the instruction at the hall.

Like as  McDonald’s, Canton food, halal food, Cafe

Q: How many days do you need at the Canton Fair? How Long Should You Visit the Canton Fair?

A:  Most people want two days during each phase they intend to visit. You do not need the full the five days of each phase. During the first day of the show, talk to as many suppliers as possible and generate a short list of suppliers you want to follow up with the next day.

Q: What is the traditional Canton Fair?

A: The Canton Fair or China Import and Export Fair, is a trade fair held in the spring and autumn seasons each year since the spring of 1957 in Canton(Guangzhou), Guangdong, China.

It is the oldest, largest, and the most representative trade fair in China.

Q: What is the mascot of the Canton Fair?

A: While exploring the Canton Fair, did you notice two adorable little bees? They are the mascots of the Canton Fair, “Bee and Honey”. From exquisite and practical water bottles to limited-edition badge blind boxes, various thoughtful cultural and creative products waiting for you!

Q: What are the phases of the Canton Fair in 2024?

A: The 135th Canton Fair is scheduled to be opened on April 15th, 2024.

The onsite exhibition:

Phase 1: April 15th to 19th.

Phase 2: April 23rd to 27th.

Phase 3: May1st to 5th.

Q: What are local people from Canton speak?

A: The local people, speak Cantonese(Yueyu), which is distinctly different from the Mandarin spoken by most Chinese. Same language as Hongkong

Q: How often is Canton Fair?

A: The Canton Fair takes place twice a year, in spring and autumn. The upcoming Canton Fair 2024 Spring session is scheduled to run from April 15 to May 05. The event is organized into three distinct Canton Fair phases, each spanning five days and dedicated to specific types of products.

Q: Can I attend Canton Fair online?

A: The 133rd Canton Fair is scheduled to be held onsite and online in April 2023. If you attend the Fair offline for the first time, you need to apply for a Buyer Badge to enter the Canton Fair Complex. TheOnline Pre-registration is open in advance to ensure you a successful onsite attendance.

Q: What district is Canton Fair in?

A: The Canton Fair hall is located on Pazhou Island of the Haizhu District in Guangzhou.

 Q: How to register for Canton Fair online?

A: Register for the Canton Fair – overseas Buyer registration is free. 

Go to and select “Overseas Buyer” (not based in Mainland China).

Choose one of the options:

“I have a buyer badge” if you already have the buyer badge >

verify your account.

Q: What is the difference between Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Canton Fair?

A: Understanding which phase to attend is essential to ensure you meet the right suppliers. 

Phase 1: Electronics, lighting equipment, vehicles & spare parts, machinery, hardware & tools, construction materials, and chemical products. 

Phase 2: Consumer goods, home decorations, and gifts.

Q: What is the close airport to Canton Fair China?

The near airport to Canton Fair hall is Guangzhou Baiyun (CAN): 48 km, Foshan (FUO) Airport: 39 km, Shenzhen Bao’an International (SZX) : 101 km, Macau(MFM): 131km, Hong Kong (HKG): 141 km, and Zhuhai Jinwan (ZUH): 151km.

Q: What are the samples at the Canton Fair?

A: Many exhibitors at the Canton Fair offer samples of their products for buyers to inspect and test. Samples can be a good way to evaluate the quality of the product and to compare different suppliers. However, it’s important to be aware that some suppliers may charge for samples or may not offer them at all.

Q: What is the difference between Yiwu fair and Canton Fair?

A: Dates – while Canton fair is twice a year (April & October), Yiwu market is open all year long (beside national Chinese holidays). This means, that you should plan a head to go to Canton fair, but can decide to go to Yiwu at any time that is available for you.

Q: Where is Canton Fair 2024?

A: Guangzhou / China 

135th China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair)

Q: Is there a ferry from Hong Kong to Canton Fair?

A: Yes, there is a direct ferry departing from Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal and arriving at Guangzhou Pazhou Port. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h45m.

Q: Is Hong Kong ferry free?

A: With their valid travel documents along with boarding passes, electronic tickets or transportation receipts which indicate their arrival to Hong Kong within seven (7) days before their intended trip to Macao, international visitors can book ferry tickets for free.

Q: How do I get from Hong Kong airport to Canton Fair?

A: The fastest way to get from Hong Kong Airport (HKG) to Canton Fair is to drive which takes 1h 53m and costs $350 – $550. Is there a direct ferry between Hong Kong Airport (HKG) and Canton Fair? Yes, there is a direct ferry departing from Hong Kong Airport Skypier and arriving at Guangzhou Pazhou Port. Services depart 5 daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h15m.

Q: How to get to Canton Fair by train from Hongkong?

A: To attend the Canton Fair, the most convenient way is to take High Speed Rail from Hong Kong West Kowloon Station. It only takes 48 minutes to 1hour to reach Guangzhounan station(Panyu district) or 1.5 hours Guangzhou east station(Tianhe district). The fee 215yuan (30$).

Q: What is Phase 1 in Canton Fair?

A: The Canton Fair – Phase 1.

This category encompasses a wide range of electrical appliances used in households for various purposes. It includes kitchen appliances such as microwave ovens, electric rice cookers, dishwashers, and food processors.

Q: Is Canton Fair worth it?

A: Whether you are a newcomer or an experienced importer, a visit to the Canton Fair is a great experience. However, for newcomers, especially those testing products or even unsure of what to sell, the Canton Fair is not a good choice.

Q: What is Phase 3 of the Canton Fair?

A: The Canton Fair – Phase 3.

Personal care appliances are devices used for grooming and personal hygiene. This category includes electric shavers, hair dryers, hair straighteners, and electric toothbrushes. It also encompasses skincare devices like facial cleansing brushes, facial steamers, and electric massagers.

Q: Why is it called Canton Fair?

A: The story behind the name. The official name of the fair is the China Import and Export Fair but the region where it’s held – Guangzhou – was formerly called Canton. Hence it’s colloquially known as the Canton Fair. And is the reason Canton has long been known as a foreign-trade city.

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