A complete Guide to Canton Fair

Canton Fair in is the biggest, best-known sourcing fair in China, also known as the China Import and Export Fair. Held twice a year in Guangzhou (Canton), it attracts more than 500,000 visitors to both the spring and autumn fairs. In our complete Canton Fair Guide, we’ll try to answer the most frequently asked questions about the trade show.

Importers from more than 200 countries and regions from all over the world attend to visit more than 22,000 exhibitors from all over China and overseas. It’s the “must-visit” trade show for almost every importer from China. So if you already import from China and are looking for new Chinese suppliers or just want to start your import business, it’s the best fair to attend.

A complete Guide to Canton Fair

1. Exhibition Date and Phases of the Canton Fair

Each Canton Fair is divided into 3 different phases, which each last 5 days. It’s important to realize that you will find different exhibitors during each phase. So it’s very important to choose the proper phase so you can find suppliers from your industry instead of choosing the wrong phase and wasting more than 20 days in Guangzhou. Be sure to prepare for the Canton Fair in advance. The whole complex is huge, and it’s almost impossible to visit every part of the fair during the 5 days. Also, remember to familiarize yourself with Chinese business etiquette.

Canton Fair Phase 1: April 15-19, 2015

Exhibition CategoryExhibition SectionExhibitor Number
Electronics & Household AppliancesHousehold Electrical Appliances1181
Consumer Electronics and Information Products748
Electronic and Electrical Products619
Lighting EquipmentLighting Equipment601
Vehicle & Spare PartsBicycles114
Motorcycles286
Vehicles75
Vehicle Spare Parts934
MachineryPower and Electrical Equipment221
General Machinery, Small Processing Machinery734
Industrial Spare Parts734
Large Machinery and Equipment433
Construction and Agricultural Machinery293
Hardware & ToolsHardware1030
Tools1240
Building MaterialsBuilding and Decorative Materials1239
Sanitary and Bathroom Equipment597
Chemical ProductsChemical Products324
EnergyNew Energy81
canton frai phase 1

Canton Fair Phase 2: April 23-27, 2015

Exhibition CategoryExhibition SectionExhibitor Number
Consumer GoodsKitchenware & Tableware1164
General Ceramics692
Household Items1372
Personal Care Products120
Toiletries101
Pet Products and Food117
GiftsClocks, Watches and Optical Instruments132
Toys648
Gifts and Premiums1121
Festival Products415
Home DecorationsArt Ceramics344
Glass Artware361
Weaving, Rattan and Iron Products203
Home Decorations696
Gardening Products552
Furniture916
Stone/Iron Decoration & Outdoor Spa Equipment74
canton fair phase 2

Canton Fair Phase 3: May 1-5, 2015

Exhibition CategoryExhibition SectionExhibitor Number
Textiles & GarmentsMen’s and Women’s Clothing1250
Underwear217
Sports and Casual Wear340
Kid’s Wear215
Fashion Accessories and Fittings557
Furs, Leather, Downs &Related products81
Home Textiles1423
Textile Raw Materials & Fabrics741
Carpets & Tapestries104
ShoesShoes1134
Office Supplies, Cases & Bags, Recreation ProductsOffice Supplies835
Cases and Bags992
Sports, Travel and Recreation Products721
FoodFood718
Medicines, Health and Medical DevicesMedicines, Health and Medical Devices516
Canton Fair Phase 3

As you can see, there are suppliers from almost every industry. It might be confusing to find the right phase to attend, but we recommend you assign your products to the industry. The exhibitor categories at the Canton Fair are very general, so you will find various products.

Once you enter the Pazhou Exhibition Complex, it’s easy to get around. There are plenty of shuttle buses, English-speaking staff to help out, and information points. But it’s good to have a map of the complex.

3. Canton Fair opening hours

It’s important to remember that the trade fair has different opening hours on different days. Also, we do recommend registering at the fair in advance. You will avoid long lines for registration and save up to 2–3 hours. For details, please read our China Canton Fair Registration Guide.

4. China Canton Fair Map

The whole Canton Fair complex is located in the southern part of Guangzhou, with easy access from Baiyun International Airport by taxi and Metro (subway). If you arrive by car or shuttle bus, bear in mind that the whole area around the complex is quite congested. If your hotel has easy access to the local Metro, we do advise using it. The Guangzhou Metro line 8 passes the Canton Fair. Just get off at the Xingang Dong Station (Exit A) or any exit at the Pazhou Station. The whole complex is divided into 3 sections, A, B, and C. More information about direct transport connections you can find on the official China Import & Export Fair website. Please see the Canton map.

Canton Fair Map