Canton Fair Complex

The Canton Fair is one of the biggest trade shows in the world and the biggest in China.

It is performed every spring and autumn in Guangzhou, China. The China International Trade Center is in charge of organizing the event, which is co-hosted by the People’s Government of Guangdong Province and the PRC Ministry of Commerce.

The Canton Fair is one of the longest-running events in the history of trade exhibitions. Every year it takes occurs in three phases, one of its phases held every spring and the other in fall in Guangzhou.

  • Canton Fair-Phase 1 will take place from April 15 until April 19 in 2023
  • Canton Fair-phase 2 will take place from April 21  until April 27 in 2023
  • Canton Fair-phase 3 will take place from May 1 until May 5 in 2023

The fair is extensive and features a wide variety of goods for sale, including textiles, home appliances, Electronics and household electrical appliances, Tools and hardware, Textiles and garments, Home decorations and gifts, Consumer goods, Medical and healthcare products, and more.

It provides a fantastic platform for companies to network with other companies and promote their goods and services to a worldwide audience.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Canton Fair After Covid-19 Restrictions Lifted by China.

1) History of Canton Fair – How it Started

One of the biggest trade shows in the world is the Canton Fair, commonly referred to as the China Import and Export Fair. It is put on by the China Foreign Trade Center twice a year in the Chinese city of Guangzhou.

The China Import and Export Fair, popularly known as the Canton Fair, has a lengthy and illustrious history that dates back to 1957. Only 13 exhibitors who displayed pottery and tea were present during the first session, which was held in Guangzhou. The fair, however, gained popularity quickly and drew more vendors and consumers each year.

The First Ever Canton Fair

Image Description: First ever Canton Fair in 1957

The exhibition developed into a crucial venue for showcasing Chinese goods and establishing contacts with foreign customers in the 1960s and 1970s. Since then, more goods and sectors have been introduced to the fair, which has continued to grow and change.

In 2021 the canton fair went online dew to covid-19 which was the 129th session of the canton fair. Tens of thousands of exhibitors and customers attend each session, making the show a must-see occasion for anybody interested in buying or exporting items from China.

As of now, the canton fair  133rd session is scheduled to be opened on April 15th, 2023.

Almost 12,000 buyers from 101 different nations and regions attended the first Canton Fair, which featured 13 different product categories, including textiles, ceramics, and technology.


Image Description: The night view of the China Import and export fair 1957 in Guangzhou, the capital of south China’s Guangdong Province.


Image Description: The picture from the 44th canton fair 1978  in Guangzhou, the capital of South China’s Guangdong Province.


Image Description: The picture from the 85th canton fair 1999  in Guangzhou, the capital of South China’s Guangdong Province.


Image Description: The picture from the 125th canton fair 2019  in Guangzhou, the capital of South China’s Guangdong Province.

2) Is the Canton Fair open to Foreigners in 2023?

YES, Canton will be operating in 2023. The Canton Fair will resume in April 2023 after a long COVID break, and foreign visitors are cordially invited. Also, China is now accepting any prior visas you may have granted.

The People’s Government of Guangdong Province and the PRC Ministry of Commerce will co-host it; China International Trade Center will be in charge of organizing it.

3) What were the effects of Covid 19 on the Canton Fair?

The COVID-19 epidemic had a major effect on the Canton Fair, as it did on other occasions and sectors around the world.

Due to the viral epidemic, following travel bans, and ensuing safety concerns, the Canton Fair’s spring and autumn sessions were both canceled in 2020, marking the first time in the fair’s history.

To respond to the situation, the Canton Fair initially went online in June 2020 and debuted a platform for virtual exhibitions to enable online trade and contact between customers and vendors. After that year, the fair’s autumn session continued in this online style.

But now the wait is finally over. The canton fair will start running in April 2023.

4) What is Canton Fair and Why is it the Largest Trade Fair in the World?

Facts about Canton Fair

In case you aren’t familiar, the Canton Fair is the biggest trade fair in China and has been going on for more than 50 years.

The Canton Fair is the ideal introduction for someone who has never attended a trade exhibition in China. It is quite Western-friendly and offers something for practically everyone, regardless of industry.

Due to its size, scope, and global reach, the Ca