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The 116th Canton Fair 2014 October China Guangzhou


Canton Fair Invitation Application Visa Application Registration


Canton Fair invites overseas buyers by two kinds of Invitation, one is called E-invitation and the other is Paper Invitation Card.

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.

Q: Must I get the invitation to attend the Canton Fair?

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

Q: Some hotel booking websites offer free E-invitation service if i book with them, are they cheaters?

A:  Some kind of cheat.They only submit you information to canton fair official  - http://invitation.cantonfair.org.cn/en/clientdata/findcompany.aspx . In order to get the valuable buyer information and money.

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, Add, Tel & Fax No.: Please make inquiries locally.
  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

* If cannot apply Canton Fair Invitation or it does not work for apply China VISA, You may try Business VISA Invitation Letter. Inquire at: http://www.hkze.com , skype: chinainvitation.

BEST – An Easy and Fast Access 

BEST - Buyer E-Service Tool, the Canton Fair's online free self-service platform specialized for overseas buyers, makes a shortcut for accessible trade fair service including pre-applying IC Entry card, E-invitation, and more. For user name and password to access BEST, regular buyers can obtain online or find them in email, invitation or notice sent by the Fair, and new buyers please make free application online.

'Regular Buyer Recommending New Buyer' Reward Program: The regular buyer can send the recommendation letter of Canton Fair to new buyer through 'BEST' (Buyer E-Service Tool) on Canton Fair official website. The new buyer can apply the first overseas buyer entry badge for free with the recommendation letter. Furthermore, the regular buyer will be richly rewarded.

more information, please check: http://www.cantonfair.org.cn/html/cantonfair/en/buyer/2012-09/73.shtml.

If cannot get Canton Fair invitation official, For company or personal invitation you can inqure: visa@cantonfair.net




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 and come back again to Guangzhou during the Canton Fair,may apply for multi-entry visa. If necessary, please contact the Division of Aliens and Exit-Entry Administration of Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau (Add: No.155 Jie Fang Nan Road, Guangzhou).

3. 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

4. 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).

5. 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption Policy

6. You can inquire: visa@cantonfair.net


Apply Canton Fair Buyer ID card


When buyers arrive Canton Fair, they can apply the ID cards in Registration department outside Area B.


Registration Time

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

Phase I
Oct. 14, 2014 10:30 - 18:00
Oct. 15-18, 2014 8:30 - 18:00
Oct. 19, 2014 8:30 - 16:00
Phase II
Oct. 23– 26, 2014 8:30 - 18:00
Oct. 27, 2014 8:30 -16:00
Phase III
Oct. 31- Nov. 3,  2014 8:30 - 18:00
Nov. 4, 2014 8:30 - 16:00

Overseas Buyers' Registration Office in appointed hotels:

Phase 1
Oct. 14-15, 2014 8:30-22:00
Oct. 16-17, 2014 8:30-18:00
Phase II
Oct. 22-23, 2014 8:30-22:00
Oct. 24-25, 2014 8:30-18:00
Phase III
Oct. 31– Nov. 1, 2014 8:30-18:00
Nov. 2, 2014 8:30-16:00


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

Registration Process Chart

Registar chart


Doucuments Note

  • Personal documents include: H.K./ Macao Home-return Permit or I.D. Card, Taiwan Compatriot Travel Certificate, Overseas Passport ,valid documents for overseas Chinese or a Chinese passport with the valid overseas employment visa valid for over one year.
  • The personal photo is 5cm X 4cm.

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 on Oct. 15th , 16th , 23rd , 24th , Nov. 1st and 2nd 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.


Overseas Buyers’ Registration Office at appointed hotels

Overseas Buyer’s Registration Offices in Appointed Hotels of the 115th Session


Sequence No.

Hotel Name



Garden Hotel Guangzhou


Dong Fang Hotel


Chimelong Hotel


Baiyun Hotel


China Hotel By Marriott Guangzhou


Jianguo Hotel Guangzhou


Chateau Star River Hotel


Grand International Hotel


Foshan Hotel


The Royal Mediterranean Hotel


The Westin Guangzhou


Shangri-La Hotel,Guangzhou


Phoenix Hotel Guangzhou


Regal Palace Hotel


The Westin Pazhou


Grand Royal Hotel


Soluxe Hotel Guangzhou


Crowne Plaza Guangzhou City Centre


Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe


Asia International Hotel


Four Points by Sheraton Dongpu- Guangzhou



Hotel Landmark Canton


Star Hotel


Rosedale Hotel Guangzhou


Panyu Hotel


China Mayors Plaza


Guangdong Victory Hotel


Guangzhou Ocean Hotel


Ramada Plaza Guangzhou


Ramada Pearl Hotel Guangzhou


Attendance Guide and Layout

Original by Canton Fair official,

Attendance Guide for Overseas Buyers of the 115th Canton Fair (English)
Messeguide und Mitteilung für die überseeischen Einkäufer auf der 115. Chinesischen Import- und Exportwarenmesse (German)
Guía para Compradores Ultramarinos de la 115ª Feria de Cantón (Spanish)
Guide aux acheteurs étrangers à la 115e Foire de Canton (French)
Guida per esteri acquirenti partecipanti alla 115a Fiera di Canton (Italian)
第115回広州交易会海外バイヤーへのご案内 (Japanese)
Руководство для зарубежных бизнесменов-покупателей 115-ой Китайской ярмарки импортных и экспортных товаров (Russian)
Guia de Serviço da 115ª Sessão da Feira de Cantão para Compradores Internacionais (Portuguese)
دليل الإرشادات لتجار الشراء من خارج الصين في الدورة الـ 115 لمعرض كانتون


Canton Fair Layout and Transportation Guide

Canton Fair Layout and Transportation Guide



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