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Complete Guide for Canton Fair 2019 (Spring) – Are You Coming?

The 125th Canton Fair will kick off on April 15th, it is the oldest, largest, and the most representative trade fair in China covering a wide selection of products for traders, the broadest distribution of overseas buyers and the greatest business turnover held in Guangzhou(Canton) China. Nearly 20,000 venders, about 200,000 buyers will attend the fair at China Import and Export Complex twice a year.

This year, HiTouch will be at the spot to provide business consulting services in a bid to help guests in doing business with China. If any foreign business traveler during canton fair needs assistance or information, Feel free to contact us on WeChat: mshitouch

Booth of HiTouch: 

06 Counter, 2nd Floor, 4.2 Floating Service Provider, Canton Fair Area A | 广交会展馆A区2楼4.2飘台服务商 06 柜台


Image: HiTouch@ 124th Canton Fair


Image: HiTouch@ 124th Canton Fair


The 125th China Import and Export Fair 2019


China Import and Export Fair (also known as the Canton Fair), is established in 1957, which is held every spring and autumn. The Fair boasts an exhibition area of 1.18 million m² per session, with 150,000 exhibit varieties in 16 industries, and the number of exhibitors from home and abroad stands at nearly 25,000. In each session, about 200,000 buyers attend the Fair from more than 210 countries and regions all over the world.


China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex, Guangzhou


No.382, Yuejiang Zhong Road, Guangzhou, China


CFTC – China Foreign Trade Centre (Group)

Official Website:






+852-2877 1318;+86-20-2888 8999




Complex Trade Show


2019/4/15 – 2019/5/05


Canton Fair is a platform for import and export mainly, with various and flexible patterns of trade. Beside the traditional way of negotiating against samples, Business people from all over the world are gathering in Guangzhou, exchanging business information and developing friendship. Are you coming?


The Buyer card(badge) is the only official admission to Canton Fair. It is valid for years multiple sessions of the fair. The only way to get the buyer card is to go to registration office yourself. Pre-register online will save you time and money.

For pre-registration copy paste this URL:



Fair is divided into three phases. Phase 1 focuses on electrical and electronic products, building Materials, industrial products. Phase 2 focuses on such labour-intensive products as groceries, ornaments, gifts, and furniture. Phase 3 focuses on clothing, footwear, bags… and food medicine that such as use on people.

Phase 1: 15th-19th April. 2019 9:30-18:00



Phase 2: 23rd-27th April. 2019 9:30-18:00



Phase 3: 1st May. -5th May. 2019 9:30-18:00



Important Tips

1. Interpreter Is Not A Must

First of all, to answer a question which our clients frequently ask about: “Do I need an interpreter during the Canton Fair ?”

Actually, the host do provide some interpreters during the whole Canton Fair but the cost is around 250USD(1,600RMB) per day. However, a normal interpreter in China just costs 50-80USD(around 300-500RMB) per day.

You don’t need an interpreter because all the exhibitors basically have good English speaking salespeople on the stands. (If you don’t need to have some specific communications with the suppliers, or get detailed information out of the product, you will rarely need an interpreter.)


2. Pay Attention to the Distribution of Time

For example, you’ll spend 4 days on Canton Fair totally, then you can spend one and a half day in walking up and down all the areas in each of the different sections to mark the number of the booths you need.

The next step is grading the booths in your list. 1-star represents “good”,2-star represents “better” and 3-star represents the“best”. Then the rest of the days, you can pick up the best booths according to your list. That really helps a lot!



3.Don’t Judge the Exhibitors’ Strength According to the Booths

You may come across with some very big and gorgeous booths but the strength of the manufacturers or trading companies are not really good indeed.

On the contrary, some booths look not very good but providing with good products, because the suppliers focus on the quality but not the marketing. To understand the real power of the enterprise, you had better spend 3 to 4 days visiting the factories personally before cooperation.




As you may know, Canton Fair every year twice is set up in the Canton Fair center. These years most expo (large or small) in Guangzhou are held in this Center (or its nearby centers). Therefore, it is very important to learn of the transportation and hotels. This post covers briefly best ways to visiting this exhibition area. In future posts, we will talk about hotels.

Metro— the best way during exhibition period

The main road crossing Pazhou Canton Fair Center areas are 2-way 10 lanes, usually big enough. However, large expos like Canton Fair usually bring huge traffic, which directly causes heavy traffic jams around the area. In order to avoid traffic jams, metro is the best transportation.


Spider-net-like subway network of Guangzhou

Guangzhou Metro owns 13 lines in operation with a length of 308 km (192 mi) and 167 stations. In 2016, the reliability of the metro’s operation was No. 1 and the on-schedule rate was No. 3 in the world. In other words, you can take subway in most spots of the city. These spots include starred-hotels, railway stations, shopping malls, universities, museums, art galleries, stadium, and more. Furthermore, you can transfer any line inside metro stations. Which line stops by the exhibiton center area? It is line 8.

Which stop to get off from

There are 2 metro stations which you can get off from. One station is Xingangdong, the other one is Pazhou. If one show is in Area 1, 2 of Canton fair center, then Xingangdong stop is the best choice. Pazhou stop is for area 3, 4, 5, 6 and Poly Center.

Metro Line 8 passes Canton Fair Complex. Take metro from Exit A of Metro Xingangdong Station to Section A of the fair complex, or from Exit A or Exit B of Metro Pazhou Station to Section B of Fair Complex, or westward approximately 300 meters from Exit C of Pazhou Station to Section C of Fair Complex. You may take Metro at your convenience to Canton Fair Complex.


How to buy tickets

There are ticket dispensers in all metro stations. These machines have a large touch screen, from which you choose your destination stop, then pay, then you get your ticket. The machine accept cashes and coins, but RMB only. Cashes are limited to value 5 yuan, 10 yuan, 20 yuan. If you don’t have proper value cashes, you can buy coins from reception counters. In recent 2 years, some metro stations are equiped with ticket dispensers which accept China bank cards or Wechat payments.

 Taxi— If traffic is not heavy, recommended.

 Driving— If traffic is not heavy, recommended.

Bus— Not recommended.