The Guide to Attending the Canton Fair Trade Show in China (COVID Updated)

October 10, 2021 in Blog, China & Culture, Chinese Importing, Finding Suppliers, Product Sourcing
The Guide to Attending the Canton Fair in 2021
COVID has impacted the Canton Fair, like everything else. Find out step by step everything you need to know about visiting the Canton Fair during COVID as well as how to get there, how to find the incredible products and locating the best suppliers.

Attending The Canton Fair in China -Official Guide

The Canton Fair is the mecca for importers, and every year over 180,000 buyers make the pilgrimage to Guangzhou to source products from over 60,000 Suppliers. The Canton Fair happens twice a year and happens over nearly 2 weeks.

Can You Attend the Canton Fair During COVID?

Unfortunately, the short answer to whether a foreigner can currently attend the Canton Fair (as of November 2021) is effectively no. China has a strict “zero COVID” policy mean visas are extremely difficult to get and even if you do get one, you’ll be required to isolate in a hotel for multiple weeks (yes, even if you’re vaccinated). With that being said, the fair is continuing to be hosted for those already in China, but it has been condensed from three phases to one.

Things may change for the Spring session of the fair (although it seems unlikely at this point) and continue reading on to prepare yourself for when the Canton and China does open up again.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Canton Fair, it is the largest trade show in China and has been taking place for over 50 years. For the first time visitor of trade shows in China, the Canton Fair is the best introduction. It has something for almost everyone, no matter your industry, and it is very Western-friendly.

Related Reading: Hong Kong Mega Show Guide
Related Podcast: Episode 97: Asia Trip Review – Global Sources Summit, Canton Fair, and a Visit to our Philippines Team

Overview of the Canton Fair

The Canton Fair is held twice a year in April and October and has been going on for over 50 years.  It’s really hard to get your head around how big the Canton Fair complex is. Imagine the largest convention that you’ve ever been to in your life and then multiply it by three. It’s big.

280 Football Fields

The Canton Fair is as big as 280 football fields! (Bring your best pair of shoes!)

Here is a picture of the Canton Fair Complex taken from our hotel room, which was 2 blocks away and 42 stories up.  Look at how small the people are in the picture for reference!

Canton Fair Complex

The show is generally open from 9:30 am – 6:00 pm each day, but check the website as some of the days have slightly different hours.

Canton Fair Dates & Phases

The Canton Fair is normally spread over three phases over the course of two weeks. However, since COVID it has been condensed into one phase.

Canton Fair Dates Spring 2022

Phase 1/2/3 (all phases open concurrently): April 23-27, 2020: Automotive and Parts, Hardware & Tools (Phase 1)/Consumer goods, Gifts, Home Decorations (Phase 2)/Office Supplies, Sporting & Outdoors(Phase 3)

If and when the Canton Fair transitions back to multiple phases, it is very important to pick the correct phase for you. For now, everything is held in one phase so you don’t need to worry about this. However, phase 2 tends to be the phase that most readers of this website go to as it focuses on consumer goods. However, the best phase for you will really depend on what you’re looking for (I actually normally visit Phase 1 for automotive parts).

The different sections of the Canton Fair are listed below:

Phase 1

  • Electronics & Household Appliances
  • Lighting Equipment
  • Vehicles and Spare Parts
  • Machinery
  • Hardware & Tools
  • Building Materials
  • Chemical Products
  • Energy Resources
  • International Pavillion

Phase 2

  • Consumer Goods
  • Gifts
  • Home Decorations

Phase 3

  • Textile & Garments
  • Shoes
  • Office Supplies, Cases & Bags & Recreational Products
  • Medicines, Medical Devices & Health Products
  • Food
  • International Pavillion

Who Should and Shouldn’t Visit the Canton Fair

Who should go:

  • You should go if you have been finding Suppliers via Alibaba and want to make the next leap
  • You should go if you have current Suppliers who will be exhibiting at the fair (makes it easy to meet and a greet with multiple Suppliers)
  • You should go if you’re a first time business visitor to China (the Canton Fair is very Western friendly)
  • You should go if you’re importing mass-market consumer commodities

Who Shouldn’t Go

  • You shouldn’t go if you’ve visited China before and your industry has better industry-specific trade shows (i.e. if you’re importing fishing products and there are Fishing and Hunting trade show in China)
  • You shouldn’t go if you have a short amount of time in China and your first priorities are in far away provinces and cities (i.e. Beijing, Shanghai, etc.)

The Canton Fair is the absolute ideal starting point for people who have done a few imports through sites like Alibaba and want to make the next leap in their business.

Visiting Factory in China

Take the time to visit your supplier’s Factory when you go to the Canton Fair. Meeting with your Suppliers in person builds rapport and shows you’re a serious buyer.

Why is visiting trade shows in China so valuable?

  1. Visiting trade shows will help you find Suppliers not advertising on the internet (and thereby eliminating a good percentage of your competition).
  2. You can meet your Suppliers in person which builds rapport and shows you’re a serious buyer (ever have an email ignored by an Alibaba Supplier? This almost never happens when you email someone you meet at the Canton Fair).

The Canton Fair has something for everyone. However, if you’re in a very specialized niche like medical supplies or fishing, a Chinese trade show specific to that niche will have more selection. Check out ChinaExhibition.com for a list of most trade shows in China.

Around Metro lines you may even find Western volunteers to help you find your way to the Canton Fair.

The Canton Fair waters are also warm for Western buyers taking a dip into the world of China for the first time.

Around Canton Fair time hordes of university students eager to practice their English surround airports and metro lines to help Western visitors. Hong Kong is still a much easier introduction to China but the Canton Fair is about as easy as it gets when it comes to travel in Mainland China.

Related Reading: How to Import from China Quickly, Safely and Cheaply (Mega Guide)

When to Go to the Canton Fair

Both the Spring and Fall session of the Canton Fair are nearly identical. The Spring session is ideal for finding products for Christmas. The Fall session is ideal for finding products for the next calendar year.

In terms of weather, October and April are very similar. Comfortably warm but not suffocating. Always humid – expect to shower multiple times per day.

Average guangzhou climate

Don’t make the mistake I made the first time and plan to go to the wrong phase of the show, so read the description of the phases very carefully (or post in the comments below what products you’re looking for and we’ll help you decide what phase to go to).

How to Get to the Canton Fair and Where to Stay

The fair is in Guangzhou, one of the three main cities of China (the other two being Shanghai and Beijing).  It’s located very near to Hong Kong. With the new high-speed rail it is less than 1 hour from Kowloon (central Hong Kong) to Guangzhou.

Checkout ChinaTravelGuide.com for full train schedules (this website will be absolutely invaluable for you for China train travel).

Remember, Hong Kong is essentially a separate country with different visa regulations and customs formalities. The biggest implication is to ensure you have a multiple entry visa for China, which most Westerners now receive with 10-year visas BUT make sure you have one. Most Westerners will not need a visa to visit Hong Kong.

Xingang Dong Station and Pazhou Station on Line 8 are the nearest metro stations to the fair.

It’s possible to commute back and forth between Hong Kong and Guangzhou every day but not recommended as it makes for a lot of commuting time, especially when dealing with customs.

Guangzhou is a city with over 10 million people and there’s no shortage of rooms in the city, even for last-minute travelers. The best value rooms in the most popular hotels will sell out though so you’re best to book 3 or 4 weeks in advance if you can.

There are only a few hotels close to the actual Canton Fair complex. Expect to pay well over $300 per night (and often well over $500).

Canton Fair Map with Hotels

In red is the Canton Fair. And in Blue are the closest (and most expensive) hotels.

The poorly drawn red line is the footprint of the Canton Fair Complex.  The Canton Fair complex is 0.6 x 0.8 miles.  It’s BIG.

The 3 blue boxes are the hotels in the area.  The blue box directly below the fair complex is the Westin Pazhou.  Rooms are expensive as well as food and drinks. The buffet is about $70USD per person for dinner.  A cup of tea is about $9USD. They can charge these crazy prices because there isn’t much else around.  Their internet is free and normally uncensored – a big bonus.

westin pazhou

The Westin Pazhou is the most convenient hotel for Canton Fair but also one of the priciest.

The next blue box, directly to the east of the Westin is the Hee Fun Apartment hotel. It’s reasonably priced, and most importantly they have a washer and dryer which is great if you’re travelling light.

The top right square is the Shangri-La Hotel, It’s actually pretty hard to get from the south side of the complex area to the north side because the road that cuts through it doesn’t have any walkways across.

There are some restaurants in the underground below Pazhou Station, but besides that, there isn’t much to do or eat in this area.

If you don’t stay at one of the pricy local hotels then pick a hotel near a Metro ideally near Metro Line 8 where the fair is located.

How to Get a Chinese Visa

You don’t need to go to the Chinese Consulate in person. You can hire a visa service to do this for you (often very cheaply).

Citizens of most countries require a visa to enter Mainland China (citizens of most Western countries do not need a visa to enter Hong Kong, however). In order to obtain a VISA, you need to either visit the closest Chinese Consulate to where you live or use a visa agency (i.e. a travel agent). Chinese travel agents are a great way to easily get Chinese visas.

Keep in mind that it takes a couple of weeks to actually get the VISA, so don’t wait until the last second to apply, otherwise, you will have to pay rush fees. China issues most visas as ten years visas now meaning you’ll never have to worry about it again for a long time. You should officially get a business visa which requires an invitation form (easy and free) from the Canton Fair. Non-officially, many people simply visit on a tourist visa.

Here is a TIP: You can apply for a multi-entry business VISA that is good for 10 years. If you use an agency, you have a much higher chance of getting this type of VISA.

China 10 Year Business Multi Entry VISA

TIP: If your VISA outlasts the expiration of your passport, the VISA is still valid. You just need to travel with both passports when going to China.

Your Badge/Invitation

You should register for the fair beforehand, although you do not need to. If you choose to register at the fair it will cost you 100 RMB (about $20USD). You should register beforehand simply to save the $20 it costs to register at the show.

Keep your badge as you can re-use this badge for future sessions of the show.

Like all Chinese websites, the registration website is terrible. Someone will actually review and approve your badge (check your spam folder). Once approved you will still have to pick up your actual badge at the show. In years after, they will send you a badge during each phase via postal mail for at least a year.

If you don’t pre-register for whatever reason, don’t stress out – just do it at the show and pay the $20 or so in fees.

Registration for your badge is sane and orderly and if you get to the show the day before, lines are virtually non-existent.

If you register beforehand, make sure you bring a passport photo and a paper copy of your badge registration. If you forget (like the thousands of other people) you can do it at the show, although be prepared to pay another $5 for the photos and wait in line.

You can get your badge at the show the day before a particular phase opens. If you’re in town and close by to the fair, you can avoid all the lines and get your badge then. Otherwise, the show staff is fairly efficient at dispensing badges but expect to wait 20-30 minutes (your pre-approval for a badge saves you 100RMB, not time).

Getting Ready for the Show

To have the most successful buying experience at the show, you should do a lot of work beforehand. Here are some tips:

  • Determine what products you’re looking for beforehand (don’t go there hoping to find products)
  • Research potential Suppliers beforehand using the Canton Fair website

Like any trade show, you should be doing hours of research beforehand on the Suppliers and vendors who will be there. The Canton Fair website isn’t great unfortunately and you’ll have to rely on the Canton Fair’s crappy search functionality which also isn’t great.  I always like to generate a list of 20-30 Suppliers beforehand (along with their booth numbers) that I plan to visit.

The Canton Fair attracts nearly 200,000 visitors for each phase.

Before you attend the show, determine what types of products you are looking for. Do not go to the show to blindly look for products.

Research your products well beforehand including doing competitor research on Amazon. Prepare a list of questions to ask suppliers about your desired products. Good questions to ask suppliers include:

  • What are the exact specifications of this product (hopefully you know the important specifications)
  • Can I make it in xyz color/size and if so, how much does it cost?
  • What are the package dimensions? How many items per box?
  • Where is the Supplier based? Who are their main customers? What is a typical order trial order size for them?

You may find some products at the show you never even imagined about but, for the most part, you want to have a predetermined hit list of products to look for.

How Long Should You Visit the Canton Fair?

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. On day two, follow up with these suppliers that you’re really interested in and ask some more in-depth questions including about pricing.

There are dozens of halls each with hundreds of Suppliers.

There’s a lot of value in using the Canton Fair as a common meeting ground for current and potential Suppliers. Aside from arranging breakfasts/dinners with current and potential Suppliers, many Suppliers rent hotel rooms that are mini showrooms where the real business is discussed. Allow for an extra day or two of meetings in Guangzhou.

How to Dress and Bring to the Canton Fair

What to bring with you to the show:

  • Comfortable shoes and breathable clothing
  • A rolly bag or backpack to carry all of the materials you’ll accumulate
  • A LOT of business cards (ideally with an email address you don’t mind getting spammed to death)
  • Your badge and/or registration approval
  • A full charged cell phone for photo purposes, ideally with backup power supply

Dress comfortably for the show. You’re going to be doing a lot of walking (including through Metro stations, in queues, and around the show) and Guangzhou is incredibly humid so wearing dress shoes and a suit isn’t exactly practical. Dress in a pair of nice slacks/shorts and a nice polo.

canton fair rolly bag

During the show, you’re going to accumulate a ton of material and catalogues from Suppliers. If you’re there during the first few hours of a particular phase, Suppliers may even give you rather large gifts (i.e. tea sets). Bring a large backpack or, preferably, a rolly bag to carry everything in.

Bring a ton of business cards but make sure you have a secondary email address on them unless you don’t care about having your email put onto a million Chinese mailing lists.

You’re going to be taking a ton of pictures of products and booths so make sure your phone is fully charged. Better, bring a backup power supply as finding power outlets is difficult.

At the Show: Pricing, MOQs, Samples, and Communication

Prices in China are much more fixed than they were previously. Expect some negotiation but the days of suppliers arbitrarily doubling prices for foreigners is over.

Meeting with Suppliers at the Canton Fair

Meeting with Suppliers at the Canton Fair

At the fair, some suppliers are hesitant to give out price lists for fear of competitors getting their hands on them. Many will ask you to email after the show. This is normal.

MOQs are the much bigger negotiation point. Suppliers at the Canton Fair seem to always quote very large MOQs. There is often more negotiation on MOQs than on prices. Ask suppliers if they accept smaller trial orders.

Very few Suppliers are going to give out any free samples unless you visit their factory. The exception is in the last couple of hours on the final day of the show when Suppliers are packing up when many will be happy to give you their samples.

Many readers ask if they need an interpreter for the show. You can book an interpreter at the show (or beforehand) for around 500-800RMB or ($100-150US). However, 80-90% of the booths will have someone who can speak very reasonable English. If they don’t have someone at the show who can speak reasonable English, how are you going to communicate with them after the show and/or when something goes wrong with your order?

Photos from the Canton Fair

What Other Events Are Going On?

Coronavirus Update: Most of the events below have been impacted and/or cancelled due to COVID. 

FBA4U Meetup: This free networking event for importers is hosted by our good friend Chris Davey.
Global Sources Summit: This Amazon focus conference happens in Hong Kong next to the Global Sources trade show
Hong Kong Mega Show: A good show for housewares/gifts/etc… Only happens in the fall. Check out our guide here.

The Canton Fair Entrance

The Other Canton Fair Entrance

Booths at the Canton Fair

The Canton Fair is Large

More booths from the Canton Fair

The other booths from the Canton Fair

The Canton Fair Lobby

Walkway to the Canton Fair

Canton Fair Necotiation


For anyone importing from China, you should at some point in your life visit the Canton Fair. Giving a sense of the scale of the fair through a blog post can’t begin to do it justice. It’s truly huge. It will open your eyes to the scale of Chinese manufacturing and possibilities you had never even considered before.

Have you visited the Canton Fair before? Or are you planning to go to one of the upcoming sessions? If so, share your experiences below or any questions you may have.

  • About The Author: Dave Bryant

    Dave Bryant has been importing from China for over 10 years and has started numerous product brands. He sold his multi-million dollar ecommerce business in 2016 and create another 7-figure business within 18 months. He's also a former Amazon warehouse employee of one week.

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  • Michael Scott
    September 30, 2016 Reply

    David, I am looking for an agent in China that can source solid wood furniture and accessories and all the relevant data on such. Do you provide such services or could you identify someone who can? Thank you! Mike

    • David Bryant
      October 11, 2016 Reply

      Hi Michael,

      Unfortunately I don't provide any sourcing services, but there's a ton of companies out there who do.

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  • John
    November 3, 2016 Reply

    Hi David, I'm new to your business ... planning to order your course - still navigating all the great information your present. I'm not sure if this is the place to ask, but are you in China? the reason I ask is that my life is similar to yours (but two sons, 4 and 7), and I live in China. I've done a variety of things here, but seriously considering assisting westerners with sourcing, QC, even managing a branch of their office here in China - North Qingdao. Shandong is a mecca of factories, as you probably know. If I can assist you or your customers - kindly let me know.
    PS. but my main focus now is getting Chinese products shipped to and sold in the US, while I stay here.

    • David Bryant
      November 6, 2016 Reply

      Hi John,

      No, Vancouver is normally home for me. IMO, I've known a few people trying to do go the route of helping westerners source products and it normally doesn't work out. Most small companies want to do it themselves and the bigger companies want to work with a more established QC firm. There's a ton of opportunities you can make yourself as a Westerner living in China, but this isn't one I would personally pursue. Just my two cents though.

  • Luiz Centenaro
    January 5, 2017 Reply

    This article was exactly what I needed David! Thanks for the details on how to dress, how to prepare and the valuable links.

    I want to go for the consumer good product category but am eager to see what is going to be shown in the electronics category the first Phase.

    Do you know people who go to all 3 phases?


    • David Bryant
      January 5, 2017 Reply

      Lots of people go to two phases, but going to all three phases will put you in Guangzhou from at least April 19-May 1, which is a long time. Most people find a couple days per phase is more than adequate. If you want to go to all 3 phases I would break up the trip in between, probably with a short trip to Hong Kong/Macao.

  • Jing Yeap
    May 24, 2017 Reply

    Hi there! Thanks for the information! Just wondering, if I arrive a couple of days into phase 1 of the October fair (2017), for example, the 17th of October, am I allowed to pick up my buyers card on the 17th of October? Or do I have to do it on the first and second day (15 Oct and 16 Oct) of Phase 1?

    • David Bryant
      May 26, 2017 Reply


      You can pick it up any time.

  • Bryan Wat
    January 29, 2018 Reply

    Hi Dave,
    Great article, thank you.
    I am visiting the Canton Fair for the 3rd time in April (phase 1) Getting a visa for China seems to have skyrocketed in price... do you have a reliable resource that can provide me with this service at a reasonable cost?
    If you are going to be going to phase 1 would be great to meet. Please let me know
    And thanks again for the great info in the article.

    • Dave Bryant
      January 29, 2018 Reply

      Hi Bryan,

      I'm not sure what the cost is now, but if it did increase it might have to do with the fact it's now a 10 year visa so it's one and done type of thing. Last time I applied 2 years ago it was around $150. I used a local chinese travel agency so I can't refer you to anyone. Me and Mike will both be at the Global Sources Summit in Hong Kong in between Phase 1/2 speaking so we can definitely connect there (use coupon code 6DB100 to save $100 if you go)

  • Sue
    February 8, 2018 Reply

    Hi Dave and Bryan
    I will be at the Canton Fair in April also. Phase 1 and part of Phase 2. I just got the visa at the Chinese Embassy in DC and it was $140. I listen to you and Mike and have learned a lot. Would love to meet up with you guys in China at some point if you have time. We are newer sellers (since fall 2017) and have 5 products now. Hoping to find many more in China and meet our current suppliers. If you want to connect, let's exchange contact info. Sue

    • Dave Bryant
      February 16, 2018 Reply

      Hi Sue,

      We have a mastermind planned in Hong Kong on April 21. Check it out here: https://my.ecomcrew.com/p/HongKongMastermind

  • Jesse
    April 3, 2018 Reply

    Great article! I'm planning to attend the fair for my first time for spring 2018 session 3. Quick question - I live in Missouri, but I'll be in Washington DC for a few days. Do you know if I can apply for my visa at the Embassy in DC, or do I have to go through the Consulate in Chicago (the one that covers my state)? Thanks!

    • Dave Bryant
      April 9, 2018 Reply

      Normally you can apply for a visa at ANY consulate or embassy, whether it is in Washington or Timbuktu.

  • Smithsology
    April 13, 2018 Reply

    Very nice article on the Canton fair and it can help almost every small business to grow with help of different suppliers from every part of the world. One must publish their own business cards to help let suppliers know about their businesses.

  • Steve
    August 17, 2018 Reply

    Hey guys! Thanks for all you do! I am considering going this year (2018), but I'm not terribly sure what category my product fits into. The product is the Urban Worm Bag, essentially a textile bag that is suspended from an iron frame with plastic connectors. It is unique and would NOT be something on the shelf at the Canton Fair. My MOQ is 1000-3000.

    1) Is Canton still a good place to find a supplier for this?
    2) Based on what I described, would this be a Phase 3 item for sure?

    I'm planning to take one or several of the Bags if I go, but I am afraid of getting blank stares by the vendors.

    Thanks Dave! Great article.

    • Dave Bryant
      August 28, 2018 Reply

      Hi Steve,

      Sorry for the late reply. I know you emailed this privately through Premium but I'll respond here for people as well.

      1) Yes, the Canton Fair is a great starting point, it just takes some navigating through the weeds.
      2) I believe so, althoguh I'm not in the gardening niche so I'd have to do a deep dive of the exhibitor list to be sure.

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    September 8, 2018 Reply


    • Dave Bryant
      September 8, 2018 Reply

      Hi Vishal - their site is extremely frustrating.

  • Willy
    September 12, 2018 Reply

    Thanks a lot for this info. I want to source a roll forming machine from china so I can set up a roofing factory, so I've decided to attend the Canton Fair. What phase would that be ? And do you think that being a one-time importer of the machinery it's a good thing to attend the fair?


    • Dave Bryant
      September 15, 2018 Reply

      Hi Willy- I'm not entirely sure but I would think Phase 1. Yes, you'll still get lots of value because the Face to Face contact and rapport building can't be replicated through email.

  • mkay
    October 2, 2018 Reply

    Actually how many do we really need to take a decent tour for CantonFair. Is it three days is good enough or just two days should be enough? Also how many days we need globalsources trade show happening in hongkong? this information will be helpful for staying for right amount of time. It is pure business purpose so no personal tour planned. please let me know.

    • Dave Bryant
      October 6, 2018 Reply

      2 days for the Canton and 2 for Global sources is enough as long as you know what you're looking for.

  • Anna
    October 20, 2018 Reply

    Hi Dave,

    Very helpful!
    I'll be in Canton Fair this November 2018. As your suggestion about jeans, is it really strictly not allowed to use jeans?

    • Dave Bryant
      October 24, 2018 Reply

      Hi Anna - you can wear spandex if you want :) The jeans are just uncomfortable and not very breathable. Better to wear slacks.

  • Bill
    January 15, 2019 Reply

    Hey Guys,

    Are you going to the Canton Fair this year? If so, are there any Ecom Crew meet ups scheduled? Also, in one of your posts (it think it might have been Mike that stated this) you mentioned preferring to stay in downtown Guangzhou as there was more to do (nightlife/dining options). What is your preferred hotel when you are in Guangzhou? Thanks for all of the awesome work!!

    • Dave Bryant
      January 17, 2019 Reply

      Hi Bill,

      We most likely are some time around the 24-27 of April. We've actually been rotating between hotels the last several times (sometimes close to fair, sometimes close to train station, sometimes close to airport) so there's no consistent one choice. Any of the major Western brand hotels are fine though no matter where in the city.

  • Dave
    January 17, 2019 Reply

    Hi David, many thanks for this really informative article! I am very new to the amazon seller business and believe it will be a great benefit for me visit the Canton fair this year. Your article gives me the tools that I need to get the most out of my visit. Thanks!

    • Dave Bryant
      January 19, 2019 Reply

      Hi Dave - glad it helped and hopefully we'll see you over there.

  • Jason
    January 20, 2019 Reply

    As always, excellent article full of useful information needed for sellers to make good decisions, whether it is buying or traveling. We currently have our products made in China and we are currently looking to expand production to Vietnam. We would love to find a good team, like you and Mike, that have this much knowledge to share about Vietnam. That said, you guys are still the best!

    • Dave Bryant
      January 20, 2019 Reply

      Agreed- sourcing from Vietnam still has a pretty big void in information!

  • Cristian
    February 8, 2019 Reply

    Great article, as always! I am currently sourcing from China, and would be interested to see some more information about other countries, like India and Pakistan.
    Keep up the good work!

    • Dave Bryant
      February 8, 2019 Reply

      Hi Christian - we have a lot of people requesting this. Perhaps in the future!

  • Mike M
    February 8, 2019 Reply

    All the good about the fair in one page, can't thank you enough.

    • Dave Bryant
      February 8, 2019 Reply

      Thanks Mike!

  • Ash
    February 10, 2019 Reply

    Very extensive... thanks!

    • Dave Bryant
      February 11, 2019 Reply


  • Pranav Dutt
    March 6, 2019 Reply

    Thanks a lot for all the incredibly useful info. I am looking for a supplier for travel pillows (U Shaped neck pillows). It seems like Phase 2 of Canton Fair is the one I should visit. Could you please advise if I'm correct in my assumption.

    • Dave Bryant
      March 7, 2019 Reply

      I am 90% certain that's where you would find it but review the vendors list just to make sure there's some suppliers there that fit that description.

  • Vivian
    March 11, 2019 Reply

    Great article! Thank you! Can you confirm what phase covers fashion Jewellery suppliers and factories? I mean suppliers of earrings, necklace and all types of fashion Jewellery.

    • Dave Bryant
      March 18, 2019 Reply

      Hi - I actually can't tell strictly from the Canton Fair phase list but I would think it's phase 3. There's also a very good jewellery show in Hong Kong around that time.

    • Mark
      March 31, 2019 Reply

      Hi Vivian
      As Dave mentioned, Phase 3 is where most of the fashion product factories are represented. That being said, it really depends on the types of jewelry you are looking for. Guangzhou (where the Fair is held) has a wholesale jewelry district so if you are in town, you may want to check that out. Suppliers who do sterling silver, stainless steel as well as more niche types of jewelry can be found there.

      • Dave Bryant
        April 5, 2019 Reply

        Awesome help - thanks so much Mark.

  • Tanya
    March 23, 2019 Reply

    Hi dave, would you know which phase is for paperplate machine and materials?

    • Dave Bryant
      March 26, 2019 Reply

      Probably phase 1, but I can't say for sure.

  • King
    April 13, 2019 Reply

    Hi Dave, thanks for sharing all this info for first time visitor like me. I plan to go to the 1st phase that starts this april 15, and the thing is that my wife is whom can speak and read chinese, but we are also traveling with my 1 1/2 year old daughter, are baby stroller allowed in the canton fair?

    • Dave Bryant
      April 13, 2019 Reply

      I'm not sure, but people bring huge wheely suitcases so I don't think a stroller will be an issue.

  • Chels
    April 18, 2019 Reply

    Hi Dave,
    Which trade show and phase is best for IPLlaser machines? (Hair Removal) and other personal beauty devices. Thanks for all your articles they are very informative.

    • Dave Bryant
      April 30, 2019 Reply

      Hi Chels - I'm not 100% sure but I'd suspect phase 2.

  • Pete
    September 5, 2019 Reply

    Hi, after registration on Canton fair website do I need to apply for the "Buyers Badge"? It's super confussing, lol

    • Dave Bryant
      September 10, 2019 Reply

      Yes :)

  • anthonisha
    September 12, 2019 Reply

    Hello there firstly, thank you for this guide I am preparing to attend the upcoming show in October. Can you tell me which phrase is great for backpacks, t shirt printing machine and customized apparel ?

    Thank you

    • Dave Bryant
      September 17, 2019 Reply

      Probably phase 2 but double check to make sure. Could be 1 as well for the commercial products.

    • sony
      October 4, 2019 Reply

      hello anthonisha. i think its phase 1, starting from 15 to 19 oct.

  • Kim Abraham
    September 18, 2019 Reply

    Hi David!
    Can I qualify and attend the Canton Fair if I have not set up a company yet? Who cannot attend?

    • Dave Bryant
      September 24, 2019 Reply

      They may require a business card that you can just make up :)

  • Sam
    December 2, 2019 Reply

    Hey Dave, nice article! I'm looking at going in May 2020, do you know which phase would sell Mobile Phone Cases & Accessories? I'm a bit confused, I'm not sure if it would be under electronics or fashion? Do you know if Canton has an email I can contact to find out? Thank you

    • Dave Bryant
      December 3, 2019 Reply

      Most likely electronics.

  • Ross
    January 18, 2020 Reply

    Hi Dave
    I have been trying through Alibaba to locate a supplier in China that can manufacture metal components and powder coat them. The components are mainly made from 25 x 25mm Square tube steel. Could you let me know if the Canton Fair would be a good starting place for me to find fabricators that manufacture to our specifications?

    • Dave Bryant
      January 23, 2020 Reply

      The canton fair normally isn't great for raw materials like this. You never know though.

  • andres
    April 25, 2020 Reply

    i want some information about the fair this october, because im planing travel to the fair for bussines

    ingecon ltda.
    Andres zambrano.

    • Dave Bryant
      May 22, 2020 Reply

      We'll have to wait and see for October and if it's a go!

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