If you’re thinking about importing LED lighting from China, Guzhen is the best place to look for the perfect products. This separate part of Zhongshan City concentrates a large number of lamp factories. Also, many companies have showrooms there, making access to numerous types of lighting much easier. Participation in trade fairs in Guzhen or nearby Guangzhou, and in particular a personal visit to the Guzhen lighting market or the factory, makes it more probable to make a better deal than when we hold the negotiations through intermediaries or trading companies. These types of visits should not collide with the most important Chinese holidays, which usually don’t fall on the same date every year. Below you’ll find a guide to Guzhen lighting markets.
Guzhen is located in the Xibei district of Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province. To the north, it borders Foshan. Its name means “Ancient Town”. It is estimated that the number of permanent residents in the city is 75,000, with a floating population of up to 30,000.
Guzhen is called “China’s Lighting Capital”. The lighting industry has been developing there since the 1970s. According to the statistics, the sales of lighting in Guzhen take 70% of the total sales volume of Chinese lighting.
Guzhen – production region of LED lighting in China
There are almost 30,000 lighting companies registered in Guzhen. The area is in first place when it comes to selling lighting in China. In such a wide range, everyone will find products tailored to their requirements. Thanks to the low cost of production, the factories supply high-quality goods at reasonable prices. Lighting production takes up to 88% of the total industrial production of Guzhen.
The largest number of Guzhen lighting outlets is located at the seven-kilometer-long Xinxing Street. There you can find many markets specializing in LED lighting, for example, Chuangzhan LED Wholesale Market, Dongfang LED Wholesale Market, Shihao LED Wholesale Market, and Yongwei LED Wholesale Market. Below we present some of the larger places with a wide range of lighting options located in Guzhen.
- Star Alliance Global Brand Lighting Center
Although it opened relatively recently, in 2014, it enjoys a reputation. The center has been called the “China window of world brand, world window of Chinese brand”. At a total space of 360,000 m2, suppliers offer the best products at medium and high prices, such as standard and unique lamps, as well as LED lighting in various forms and sizes. The center can be compared with the splendor of the Louvre Furniture Mall in nearby Foshan. In the Star Alliance Global Brand Lighting Center, there is an international pavilion of LED lighting effects, offering an unforgettable visual experience, and making shopping more pleasant for global buyers.
Location: Zhongxing No. 68, Guzhen, Zhongshan, Guangdong, China
- Seven Star Lighting Commercial Palace: Lantern Times Lighting Square
Center, which on 25 floors with a total of 79,000 m2 building offers not only lighting stores, but also entertainment and leisure facilities. It is a unique complex that provides unified and professional business services. Here you will find the products of the best domestic brands.
Location: Xinxingzhong No. 12, Guzhen, Zhongshan, Guangdong, China
- High-end lighting brand store: Century Lighting Square
This place offers mid-range and high-end products in an area of around 200,000 m2. Its creation raised the bar of the provision of services as it was the first in the town to offer consumer-friendly infrastructure, making purchasing more enjoyable.
Location: Xingzhong No. 56, Guzhen, Zhongshan, Guangdong, China
Huayi International Lighting Plaza
The complex of 200,000 m2 provides high-level sales services and special business spaces. In addition, there is a five-star hotel and entertainment center. It has a technology park dedicated to research and development, prototype development, as well as comprehensive safety and performance tests.
Location: Qijing No. 38, Guzhen, Zhongshan, Guangdong, China
Guzhen Lighting Fair
For many years an international lighting trade fair has been organized in Guzhen, attracting thousands of exhibitors and tens of thousands of potential buyers. China (Guzhen) International Lighting Fair, the first edition took place in 1982, is biannual and takes place in spring and fall, usually in March and October. During the fair, suppliers present products such as LED lighting, decorative and intelligent lighting, as well as production machines.
Location: Guzhen Convention and Exhibition Center Interchange of Dongxing East Road and Gushen Road, Guzhen, Zhongshan, Guangdong, China
Guzhen lighting capital of the world: a guide
How to get to Guzhen?
Fortunately, Guzhen is located in a strategic place and is easy to get to. The nearest airports are in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Shenzhen.
From Guangzhou Baiyun Airport to Zhongshan, you can take an intercity bus for approx. 68 RMB, and then change to the bus towards Guzhen (approx. 120 km altogether). The trip should take up to three hours. Alternatively, you can take a taxi and reach Guzhen in over an hour. From the airport, you can also take the metro, line 2 or 3, then change and get to Guzhen by taxi or bus. High-speed rail travel from the Guangzhou South Railway Station to the station in Guzhen takes half an hour and costs about 30 RMB.
You can get to Guzhen from Hong Kong International Airport by bus and then by taxi. The journey is about 2 to 3 hours (about 140 km). One option is to take only a taxi, in this case, the journey is about one and a half an hour. There is also a possibility to reach Zhongshan by a ferry from Skypier near the airport (from about one hour to one hour) and from there by taxi.
The journey from Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport to Guzhen (about 100 km) is the shortest, a little over an hour by taxi.
It is important to remember that while in mainland China traveling through Hong Kong or Macao requires a visa to double-cross the Chinese border.
How to get around Guzhen?
In Guzhen, the easiest way to get around is by taxi, preferably with a local guide. Taxi rides are cheap, fares ranging from 2 RMB to 3 RMB per kilometer.
The cost of a bus ticket is a minimum of RMB 1.50 per course. About 80 lines are available in Zhongshan itself.
The main shopping centers in Guzhen are very close to each other, so from one center to another, it takes 5 minutes by car.