Canton Fair

Briefing of Canton Fair

China Import and Export Fair, also known as the Canton Fair, is held biannually in Guangzhou every spring and autumn, with a history of 56 years since 1957. The Fair is a comprehensive one with the longest history, the highest level, the largest scale, the most complete exhibit variety, the broadest distribution of overseas buyers and the greatest business turnover in China.

The Canton Fair is the biggest exposition in China. Its total area of exposition exceeds 1.120.000 square meters, with more than 55.000 stands. On the last Fair the commerce volume was 26,23 billions of dollars (export and import business) with 165.436 foreign buyers.
Business people from all over the world are gathering in Guangzhou, exchanging business information and developing friendship.

Invitation Application

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:

1. Apply for Visa to China

2. 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.

Visa Application

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 for 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.

2.Overseas buyers, who would enter China through Guangzhou ports but do not have enough time to apply for visa to Chinese authorized agencies abroad,may apply for port visa to Guangzhou port visa agencies. Please visit, the website of Division of Exit & Entry Administration Department of Public Security of Guangdong Province, for more details.

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. Canton Fair Hong Kong Overseas Buyer Service Centre is offering Chinese Visa Application Service. You can delegate the Centre to process the application.

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

Buyer Service Hotline: 852-2877 1318

Fax: 852-2838 3169


Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 12:30pm & 2pm to 5pm (12th,13th,14th,19th,20th,26th,27th October,2013 during Canton Fair will be opened as usual)

4. Fair visitors can also entrust the visa application to China Travel Service (Hong Kong) Ltd. (Tel:852-27231828, Email:


Attendance Notice:Tips for the Entry Badge (IC Card): 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.