115. Canton Fair 2014 – information for visitors

The 115 Edition of the Canton Fair will soon be held in Guangzhou (Canton). It will be the perfect occasion to establish valuable trade relationships, but – as always in China – some preparation is required.

Canton Fair online registration

Online registration is possible via BEST system – Canton Fair’s online self-service platform, especially for overseas buyers (it includes companies registered in Hongkong and Taiwan). After online registration, the visitor will receive an invitation, which will be necessary while applying for the Chinese visa. Online registration is not obligatory but can save a lot of time.

In order to enter the trade show area, you should have an IC card. If the visitor went through the process of online registration, he might receive the card for free. The card from previous trade shows remains valid. If someone wants to obtain a new card (for example, because the previous one was lost), it can be done in several hotels around Guangzhou or in the Canton Fair Hong Kong office. Additional information is presented here.

Time and Place

The trade show takes place between 15th April and 5th May and is divided into the following phases:


Electronics, household electrical appliances

Household Electrical Appliances


Small Machinery

Consumer Electronics

Large Machinery and Equipment


Construction Machinery

Electronic and Electrical Products

Lighting Equipment

Lighting Equipment


Hardware and Tools


Vehicles and Spare Parts


Building Materials

Building and Decorative Materials



Chemical Products

Sanitary and Bathroom Equipment

Spare Parts


Consumer Goods

Kitchenware & Tableware

Home Decorations

Art Ceramics

General Ceramics

Glass Artware

Household Items

Weaving, Rattan and Iron Products

Personal Care products



Gardening Products

Stone/Iron Decoration, Outdoor Spa Equipment


Clocks, Watches and Optical Instruments








Gifts and Premiums




Textiles & Garments

Men and Women Clothing





Office Supplies, Cases & Bags, Recreation Products

Office Supplies


Kids Wear


Cases and Bags


Fashion Accessories and Fittings


Sports, Travel and Recreation Products


Leather, Fur, Feathers and alike

Medicines, Medical Devices and Health Products

Medical Devices, Disposables and Dressings


Home Textiles

Textile Raw Materials & Fabrics

Carpets & Tapestries

The number of registered exhibitors may reach 20 000; the detailed list is presented here. Just as in previous years, Canton Fair takes place at Guangzhou International  Convention and Exhibition Center, located in the Pazhou district.

Official hotels list

Like every year, the trade shows have designated a number of official hotels; the list is available here. We should remember that choosing an official hotel has advantages and disadvantages. It may be more expensive than other hotels, but shuttle transport to the trade show area will be provided.

Due to the big interest, we should consider making a reservation right now.

Additional Information

Overseas visitors should have a valid visa before entering China. The current visa policy has been described here. To sum up, every visitor to Canton Fair should apply for an M visa (the application form shall include an official invitation, available via online registration). We should also remember that our passport has to be valid for at least 6 months after arrival in China.