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The 121th Canton Fair 2017 April, China Import and Export Fair Guangzhou


Attend Canton Fair


The Buyer card(badge) is the only official admission to Canton Fair. It is valid for years multiple sessions of the fair. The only way to get the buyer card is go to registration office yourself. Pre-register(invitation) online will save you time and money.



With the Invitation, overseas buyers could:

  • Apply for Visa to China.
  • Get registered and free entry badge to the Fair.
  • For better serving overseas buyers, and to provide easy pass for your Chinese visa application, necessary information including Buyer's Name, Nationality and Company Name will be requested to list on the invitation, please be kindly noted.


Overseas buyers could apply invitation for Canton Fair through:

  1. BEST (Buyer E-Service Tool)  Regular Buyers go>>> New Buyers go>>>
  2. Canton Fair Call Centre, China Foreign Trade Centre
  3. The Economic & Commercial Counsellor's Office of the Embassy (The Economic & Commercial Section of the Consulate General) of P.R. China in your region
  4. Canton Fair Hong Kong Representative Office
  5. The Chinese foreign trade corporations (enterprises) with whom you are business-related
  6. By contacting overseas cooperative organizations of China Foreign Trade Centre


Q: When apply invitation by BEST, it appears- 'For invitation valid for Visa Application, please approach your trade partners in China',  what should I do?
A: Buyer from some countries will appear that. You can contact some companies at related to your business in i.cantonfair.org.cn, and they will be happy to send you invitations if you are a pro buyer.

Q: Must I get the invitation to attend the Canton Fair? 
A: No. Invitation and pre-register online is use for apply China visa. Also it can save time(about 15 minute) and 150RMB. Everybody with foreign passport and business card can get badge to when reach.

Q: Some websites offer E-invitation service if pay them, are they cheaters?
A: They only submit you information to canton fair official. In order to get the valuable buyer information and money, even send not valid invitation to you and waste your time. Please do apply invitation letter by above.




Registration must be at Canton Fair office or registration office at hotels personally

Also you can pre-register online, regular buyers go>>> new buyers go>>>

Registration Documents Requested Table


Documents Requested
Registration Venues

Paper Invitation/E - Invitation Holders

a. Paper Invitation Card or E-Invitation issued by Canton Fair
b. Personal documents (More details please see notes)
c. A recent photo with the size of 5cm X 4cm
d. Business Card

China Import and Export Fair Complex or in the appointed hotels
On-line Pre-Apply for IC Card

a. Notice for Acquiring Cards
b. Personal documents (More details please see notes)
c. Business Card

Registration Office in China Import and Export Fair Complex or in the appointed hotels
Non-Invitation Buyers who have been to Canton Fair

a. Personal documents (More details please see notes)
b. A recent photo with the size of 5cm X 4cm
c. Business Card
d. Buyer Card for the past Canton Fair

Registration Office in China Import and Export Fair Complex or in the appointed hotels
Non-Invitation Buyers

a. Personal documents (More details please see notes).
b. A recent photo with the size of 5cm X 4cm
c. Business Card
d. Service Charge: RMB 100

Registration Office in China Import and Export Fair Complex or in the appointed hotels
Representatives of Foreign Company's Representative Office in China

a. Copy of Business Registration Certificate of Foreign Company's Representative Office in China
b. The Employee's ID Card & Copy
c. E- invitation for Representatives
d. A most recent personal photo
f . Business Card
For those without Invitation, 300 RMB /day plus another 30 RMB/card as service fee must be paid besides presenting requested document. Only one local representative is allowed for each overseas company and must be accompanied and signature-confirmed by buyers of relative overseas company)

Registration Office in China Import and Export Fair Complex

Must bring Doucuments Note

  • Personal document. Include Overseas Passport(not China Passport), Hong Kong/ Macao Home-return Permit or I.D. Card, Taiwan Compatriot Travel Certificate, valid documents for overseas Chinese or a Chinese passport with the valid overseas employment visa valid for over one year.
  • The personal photo 5cm X 4cm (or cost 30RMB when register).
  • Business Card (about 70RMB print 500pics outside canton fair)

Registration Office get badge

  • Registration Offices set up in China Import and Export Fair Complex

Overseas Buyers' Registration Position:

1. Road opposite of Area A west side

2. Road opposite of Area B East side

3. Hall 16.1 Area C


  • Registration Offices set up in cooperation hotels

1.Garden Hotel Guangzhou 2.Dong Fang Hotel 3.Baiyun Hotel 4.China Hotel By Marriott Guangzhou 5.Jianguo Hotel Guangzhou 6.Chateau Star River Hotel 7.Grand International Hotel 8.Crowne Plaza Foshan 9.The Royal Mediterranean Hotel 10.The Westin Guangzhou 11.Shangri-La Hotel Guangzhou 12.Phoenix City Hotel Guangzhou 13.Regal Palace Hotel(Dongguan) 14.The Westin Pazhou 15.Soluxe Hotel Guangzhou 16.Crowne Plaza Guangzhou City Centre 17.Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe 18.Asia International Hotel 19.Four Points by Sheraton Dongpu-Guangzhou 20.InterContinental Foshan 21.White Swan Hotel 22.Pullman Baiyun Airport Hotel 23.Hotel Landmark Canton 24.Star Hotel 25.Rosedale Hotel Guangzhou 26.Panyu Hotel 27.China Mayors Plaza 28.Guangdong Victory Hotel 29.Ocean Hotel 30.Ramada Plaza Guangzhou 31.Ramada Pearl Hotel Guangzhou 32.Holiday Inn Guangzhou Shifu

Address: Room 3106 – 3107,Office Tower,Convention Plaza, No.1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Customer Service Hotline: (852)2877 1318
Fax: (852) 2838 3169
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 12:30pm & 2pm to 5pm; Closed on Saturday, Sunday and in Hong Kong Public Holidays
Website: http://hk.cantonfair.org.cn/en/index.aspx




Registration Time

Overseas Buyers' Registration Office in China Import and Export Fair Complex:

Phase I 
April. 14, 2017 10:30 - 18:00
April.  15-18, 2017 8:30 - 18:00
April.  19, 2017 8:30 - 16:00
Phase II
April. 23– 26, 2017 8:30 - 18:00
April.  27, 2017 8:30 -16:00
Phase III
May. 1- May. 4, 2017 8:30 - 18:00
May. 5 ,
2017 8:30 - 16:00

Overseas Buyers' Registration Office in appointed hotels:

Phase 1
April. 14-15, 2017 8:30-22:00
April. 16-17, 2017 8:30-18:00
Phase II
April. 22-23, 2017 8:30-22:00
April. 24-25, 2017 8:30-18:00
Phase III
May. 1– 2, 2017 8:30-18:00
May. 3,  
2017 8:30-16:00


Registration Process Chart

Registar chart


Tips for the Entry Badge

If you have got a Buyer’s IC Card, please be informed that: The Entry Badge (IC Card) is valid for the upcoming sessions of the Fair, which surely saves your time with an easy access. If you forget to bring the Card or lost it, re-application will cost you 200 RMB/card as service fee.

Buyer Card is the only official admission to the Fair and is available at China Import and Export Fair Complex. However, to save your time and make the registration easier, we now set 31 Overseas Buyers’ Registration Office at appointed hotels. And,we strongly suggest you to get Canton Fair entry badge in these 31 hotels, considering the registration peak hour that occurs at 9:30am to 12:00am at China Import and Export Fair Complex. Definitely, it is the best way for you also, for the buyers who stay near these areas, please register in hotels too.




Please go to the Embassy or Consulate General of P.R.China in your country with the Official Invitation of the Canton Fair to apply the visa. The official invitation must list the Buyer's Name, Nationality and Company Name.

1. Please apply visa to China at your country or regular residence place before arriving in China. (Missions Overseas

2. Buyers who need to leave Mainland China to Hong Kong, Macau,  and come back again to Guangzhou, must apply for multi-entry visa.

3. It is very hard to extend visa and apply new visa in China mainland, we suggest apply it by go to Hong Kong.

4. The Commissioner's Office of China's Foreign Ministry in the Hong Kong.  Website  http://www.fmcoprc.gov.hk/eng/fwxx/wgrqz/ Tel: 852-34132300 or 852-34132424 (available at 10:00-11:00am, 3:00-4:00pm on workdays) Fax: 852-34132345 Email: fmcovisa_hk@mfa.gov.cn

5. Fair visitors can also entrust the visa application to China Travel Service (Hong Kong) Ltd. (Add: 1/F., Alpha House, 27-33 Nathan Rd., Kowloon, Hong Kong,Tel: 852-2315 7150, Fax: 852-2315 7292).

6. 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption Policy


Should I go to Canton fair?



Usually who you ask this question are never been to Canton fair, and you want to be a successful businessman. 

Certainly! You should go to Canton Fair ASAP. Then you will know the products what you think can't be better quality can be much better,  what you think can't be cheaper can be much cheaper!

Also you can find a lot of suppliers, contains a wide range of the latest products.


How many airports does Guangzhou has?


Guangzhou only has one local and international airport, which will be: "Guangzhou Baiyun International airport", Code is "CAN".

It is located at the Huadu district at Guangzhou.


Is it worth spending money on a trip to attend exhibition?


Is it worth spending money on a trip to attend exhibition? In recent years, there has been no lack of "B2B Online will replace all" and the like. People all over the world access the Internet and more, to raise such questions and then normal.

By the survey of very many guests who participated in the Canton Fair. We are sure to tell you it is worth to spend money to spend time to attend the real exhibition show for the following reasons.

As a matter of fact, the majority of manufacturers all over the world,  they are not very skilled use of the Internet promotion. Their latest products would be starting at the real exhibition shows , when appear on the internet, is basically a year latter; There are many industries can not be described and communicated through the internet, it must personally feel and touch, the Internet and then a detailed description of the content, can not make a business decision.

The the manufactures attend exhibition will very costly to spend time to spend energy, from the frequency of exhibitors and booth size and the quality of field personnel, especially model quality. Professionals are able to deduce a lot of information from the details in the exhibition; And vice versa, let's imagine the communication costs if manufacturers spend money to make a website to sell products, received at least 99% of the intention information is noise, screening costs are too high; For example, Canton Fair is the highest threshold of one of the exhibition, mainland residents to try to attend more difficult than applying for a US visa, will you receive any spam? The exhibition is also a chance for the world to know you personally. As we know, making friends is an important part of doing business success.

The Internet can reduce communication costs, but also make more screening costs increase, the more the need to show companies and buyers to show the strength and sincerity. So, spending some money and time to masquerade the show is worth it.


How can I find the product or exhibitor I need?


I suggest you can check product or exhibitor you want in


then search by key words of product or exhibitor



The Canton Fair Floor Plan(E-Hall)?

Do you know Canton Fair registration link?

How can I contact Canton Fair?


Canton Fair Call-Center

4000-888-999 The Chinese Mainland

(008620)28-888-999 Outside the Chinese Mainland

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

E-mail: info@cantonfair.org.cn


Canton Fair Hong Kong Representative Office

Customer Service Hotline: (852) 2877 1318

Fax: (852) 2838 3169

E-mail: cs@cantonfair.org.cn

Website: http://hk.cantonfair.org.cn

Address: Room 3106–3107, Office Tower, Convention Plaza, No.1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 12:30am & 2pm to 5pm


Address of the Canton Fair?


Address of canton fair:No. 380, Yuejiang Zhong Road, Guangzhou, China

Address in Chinese:



Does the hotel offer free shuttle bus to the Canton Fair complex?


Most of the hotel in Tianhe district and Haizhu district will offer free shuttle bus from and to the Canton Fair complex during the Canton Fair time.


Where can I find an translator?


You can look for an professional translator at the entrance of the Canton Fair, they will hold on a banner there. Or you can book a translator on login:




Does the Canton Fair's phases are the same products?


No, it doesn't. Different phases will has different products to display at the fair ground.

About products, exhibitors dates(which phase), you really need to check at



yourself. We cannot help because it is important fo you.

The coming 121th Canton Fair Dates

Phase 1: 15th-19th April 2017 9:30-18:00

Phase 2: 23rd-27th April 2017 9:30-18:00

Phase 3: 1st May.-5th May. 2017 9:30-18:00




May I know how to join as exhibitor?



About International Pavilion booth application and price,

Please try at





Can children allow to get into the Canton Fair?


There has no limitation about the children cannot go into the Canton Fair, so that children is allowed to attend the Canton Fair.

Children below 1.4m is free to enter, or have to get an badge as everybody else.



Steps to go to the fair the first time?


Guangzhou is a modern city, credit card used everywhere. Or you can bring about 1000 USD for food, taxi or shopping. Temperature throughout the canton fairs at about 20 degrees.

We can only tell the must do steps,


1. Apply China visa.


Apply China visa need invitation


2. Buy flight tickets to Guangzhou, code: CAN


3. Book Guangzhou hotel





Do I need to buy a ticket to enter the Canton Fair?

No. It is free.


Must I get the invitation to attend the Canton Fair?

No. Invitation is use for apply visa and save register time.  Everybody with passport can attend the Canton Fair.


Business Card

When you give business cards or pictures, always use both of your hands. When you receive business cards or pictures, always receive them with both of your hands and be sure to look at the card/picture while you are in front of your guest. Sometimes the English translation will be on the back, so take a look. If it is all in Chinese, ask your translator to translate for you, especially the given name. He will also spend some time looking at your card and may try and pronounce your name. Never write on the card in front of the person who gave it to you.

You will notice in China that a persons family name is always listed before his given name. For example, the name Huang Shao Qiang would be Mr. Huang. It is also becoming quite common to find English names on the cards, especially in Guangzhou, Shanghai & Beijing, which makes it very easy!


How do I reserve my hotel room?

Making an online reservation with CBS Travel is easy:

  1. You can go on our website(www.cantonfair.net) to choose the hotel and room type you need, and click on the "book now" buttle, and follow the instructions to complete and submit information.
  2. You can send all the detail about the booking by e-mail(book@cantonfair.net),such as :guest name , guest number,check in date and check out date, which hotel, room number, room type, the contaction of the guest. Or you can just send the requiry to us ,and we will recommend the hotel right for you.
  3. You can call us directly ,we will try our best to make a high grade service for you.(86 20 37653678)
  4. You can contact us by Msn messenger(book@cantonfair.net) or Skype(cantonfairbiz) and also livehelp.We will apply customer service 24/7 one and a half mouth before canton fair. Making a reservation through CBS Travel requires payment with a credit card. Please read our Deposit and Cancellation policy before making payment.



Words of advice and notice

  • Canton Fair is China's largest trade fair and attended by over 160,000 people from 160 countries. Hotel occupancy is extremely high and most hotels are OVER booked. Under this situation, hotel insists on reservation by credit card guarantee or prepayment from guests - and guest paying in advance will be guaranteed a room. We advise you not to wait until last minute to make payment (please understand the situation).
  • Inform us of changes as soon as possible. We understand that guest may cancel, extend, shorten or change your stay. Do inform us to avoid penalty imposed by hotel.
  • Do not double book with more than 1 agent - this will lead to confusion at hotel. Hotel may ignore double booking and guest ended up paying counter rates.
  • Book hotel using guest's passport names and check in using the same passport name. If hotel cannot locate guest's name in their computer system, you will be charged counter rates.
  • Ask for address of hotel in chinese - this will be provided in our confirmation email to you but ask for it if we miss out. This is important as most taxi drivers do not speak english.
  • Be careful of unauthorised "agents" at the airport - these poachers would solicit passengers on pretext of cheaper accommodation for same hotel - only to send guests to different hotel. Pls note prevalence of this practice during the Guangzhou Trade Fair period - you will be at their mercy - beware of poachers around airport and railway station.
  • Do not send money until you receive a call or email from us that your rooms are booked.
  • One night penalty will be charged for no show during canton fair.

How Can I extend my VISA in Guangzhou?

If you need to stay longer while you are in Guangzhou, please submit your passport to the Foreign Affairs Department of the Guangzhou Public Security Bureau or the Foreign Affairs Department of Guangdong Public Security bureau. Allow one or two days for the extension to be processed. Do not overstay.


Do I need a VISA for a visit to Hong Kong?

Passport holders of certain countries or holding certain passports DO NOT need a visa during the specified visa-free period. Travelers who are not from those countries or those who want to stay longer need to apply for the appropriate visa or entry permit from the nearest Chinese Embassy. As an alternative, you may submit your visa or entry permit application to the HKSAR Immigration Department either directly by post or through a local sponsor. More detailed information can be accessed at the website of the Immigration Department of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the following page:  http://www.immd.gov.hk/ehtml/hkvisas_4.htm


Do I need a VISA to visit Macau from Guangzhou?

There are more than 50 countries and territories, whose passport holders can enter Macau without a Visa within the 'visa-free period'. For those who need visas, they can get visa approved upon arrival at the airport. For details, please visit the website of the Government of Macao Special Administrative Region at the page:  http://www.dsi.gov.mo/index_e1.html



Keep Passports & VISAs

Always keep your passport with you. If you are traveling outside a group and entering Hong Kong or applying for a visa to enter mainland China, you will need a passport that will not expire in the next 6 months.

All foreigners entering mainland China require visas. If you are traveling to mainland China, whether for business or tourism, you require a Chinese visa.


Can your agent provide Invitation Letter for my VISA application?



Can I make a reservation directly through the hotel?

The special rates listed are only available through our service. If you would like to make a reservation directly with the hotel you will need to contact them directly.


What happens to my hotel booking if my flight is delayed?

Please inform directly the hotel as any additional or no charge will only depend on the hotel policy.


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