Canton Fair – Oct-Nov 2011

The China Import and Export Fair – known as CANTON FAIR is the largest biannual China trade fair and will be held in the city of Guangzhou from October 15 to November 04, 2011. Canton Fair is the most effective way to develop the business relationships you need to succeed in China. The range of products to explore is wide and includes: Electronics & Household Electrical Appliances, Lighting Equipment, Vehicles & Spare Parts, Hardware and Tools, Chemical Products, Building Materials, Consumer Goods, Gifts, Home Décor, Medicine, Shoes, Office Equipment. It’s no wonder that the Canton Trade Fair has already become a must see for all those looking for business success in China.

To compliment busy day at the show you may enjoy a splendid night cruise on Pearl River. The cruise starts from Bai’ertan (White Swan Rangoon) to Guangzhou Bridge in the east and Baihedong in the south. It passes lots of fascinating scenes on the way, including White Swan hotel, Aiqun Mansion, Shamian Island, the Haizhu Bridge and the eight most famous sightseeings in Guangzhou city. The whole cruise lasts up to 90 minutes with buffet and wines provided on board.

Tips for attendees:

Getting there starts with obtaining Official Invitation (can be done on-line). It must contain your full name, nationality and company name. Then, obtain business visa to China through one of the visa centers in USA, Canada or UK. China business visas are valid for 3 months and permit to stay up to 30 days in China. So, if you need more time to explore the products or negotiate better deal there is no obstacle to extend the stay. After this book your air ticket and hotel accommodation. There are more than 200 hotels in Guangzhou, with Ritz-Carlton, Shangri-La, Westin on the high end and with Ramada, Holiday Inn on the other side of the spectrum.

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.

If you already have Entry Badge, you may enter Fair Complex right away. Otherwise, you may apply for it or re-apply (if you lost it) at Overseas Buyers’ Registration Office.

This entry was posted in Travel News and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply