Canton Fair

Are you an individual importer who is looking to source high-quality products from China? Or, are looking to get the best products for your organization is the best possible prices?

If yes, China Trade Fairs are the place to be! In this guide, we will talk about the top 10 China Trade Fairs you can attend in 2023. Not only this, but we will also discuss why and how you can buy from these fairs. Furthermore, this blog has some tips and tricks to ensure you make the most of your visit to the China Trade Fairs.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: 3 Facts Regarding the China Fair

So, what is a China Fair? As you can see from the name, a China Fair is a trade show, exhibition, or fair that is held in China. If you have been in the import/export business, you must be knowing already that most of the products sourced globally are being sourced from China.

Yearly, many fairs are held in China. Firstly, let’s look at some facts regarding the China Fair before shortlisting the 10 top.

1) What are China Trade Fairs?

A trade fair is basically an exhibition in which a particular business or different businesses come together to exhibit their products/services. When these fairs are held in China, they are known as China Trade Fairs. Some fairs like the China Electronics Fair is a specialized fair where electronics are showcased. Moreover, the technology related to electronics is also exhibited.

On the other hand, huge fairs like the Canton Fair and the China International Export Expo have exhibitors coming globally with different products. These are some of the biggest fairs in the world where a huge number of importers and exporters come together to do business.

China has some of the biggest trade fairs in the world. Attendees come from all over the globe. The U.S.A. is one of the top importers of products from China. This shows the quality of products being manufactured there.

2) Reasons Why China Fair is Different from Other Fairs in the World

The biggest difference between China Fair and the Fairs held in the rest of the world is that China fairs are some of the biggest in the world. Secondly, some of the biggest names in the international market are imported from China. According to Trading Economics, the 3 biggest importers of China goods are South Korea, Japan, and the U.S.A.

Importers from all around the globe travel to China when these fairs are held. Here, hundreds and thousands of suppliers display their products. Buying under one roof become so much easier as shortlisting and visiting multiple suppliers.

Another thing you will find different in Chinese Fairs and the other fair in the world is the language barrier. Mostly, Chinese are not comfortable speaking in English or any other language.

Even if the Chinese know English, the majority of them will not speak it. They prefer their mother tongue and speak in it. Thus, it is recommended to hire a translator if you are serious about doing business.

Secondly, you need to be very professional. Use the word “sir/mam” a lot and don’t try to be relaxed in terms of business. Remember to learn about WeChat and download it. Chinese people use it a lot.

3) Importance of a China Trade Fair

The biggest importance of a China Trade Fair is that it has global participants. It is not focused only on domestic sellers but has sellers and buyers coming from all over the globe. This gives you massive exposure and choice.

Another advantage is that when you attend a trade convention or show, your buying process can shorten drastically. As there are many options to choose from, you can shortlist sellers in just a few hours. Next, the majority of the attendees have product samples and prototypes with them. This allows you to check the quality there and then.

Chinese trade fairs have all sorts of products to offer. If your budget is not too much, you can also find products that can fit your budget.

Remember: If you look for cheaper products, there is a chance that you will have to compromise on the quality. A supplier that is providing a product for half the market rate can’t provide you with the same quality as the other suppliers. Don’t be fooled by that!

Chapter 2: Top 10 China Trade Fairs to Attend

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We can’t stress the fact of how important China Trade Fairs are for buyers and sellers alike. To know in detail about the top 10 ones, read our blog “Top 10 China Trade Fairs You Must Attend in 2023 – Ultimate Guide

1) Canton Fair

Location: Canton Fair Complex

The Chinese Mainland 4000-888-999 Outside the Chinese Mainland (8620)28-888-999

Add: No. 382, Yuejiang Zhong Road, Guangzhou 510335, China


Dates: The Spring Session: 15th April – 5th May (Phase 1: 15th till 19th April; Phase 2: 23rd till 27th April; Phase 3: 1st till 5th May)

Autumn Session: 15th October till 4th November (Phase 1: 15th -19th October; Phase 2: 23rd till 27th October; Phase 3: 31st October till 4th November)

Number of Buyers: 510,000

Number of Exhibitors: More than 35000

The Canton Fair or the China Import and Export Fair is one of the largest Fairs in China. It is a paradise for businessmen. The fair has every product ranging from electronics to consumer goods to household items. We have a dedicated blog on why you should attend the Canton Fair.

  • Phase 1: Industrial Products
  • Phase 2: Gifts and consumer goods
  • Phase 3: medicines, recreational products, and clothing

The fair sees attendees from all over the world. Mostly, they are from Asian countries but people from Russia, the USA, and Europe even visit. Best of all, there are many language assistants that can help you with translation services in the event.

The Canton Fair is held on Pazhou Island. The complex is very approachable and you can easily reach there through the subway, shuttle bus, or a private taxi. As already mentioned, major hotels offer shuttle bus services to and from the fair. Remember to check the timetable as the slots are limited.

The best way to reach there is to take the subway. The nearest metro stations to the fair are Pazhou (琶洲站) and Xingangdong (新港东站) on Metro Line 8.

2) Yiwu Commodities Fair