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Canton Fair Complex is the largest exhibition center in Asia

Canton Fair, also known as China Import and Export Fair, is China’s number one fair and first stop for business. It is China’s largest biannual trade fair held in Guangzhou at the China Import and Export Fair Complex. China Import and Export Fair Complex is the largest exhibition center in Asia at 12, 174, 000 square feet, which also contains one of the world’s largest exhibition halls at 1,700,000.5 square feet.
The Pazhou Complex covers a total area of about 700,000m2 with 16 exhibition halls, ranking it as the largest exhibition center in Asia. The unparalleled wave like rooftop resembles the flowing of Pearl River, and also displays the dynamic spirit of the Guangzhou city.

In 2013, 113th and 114th Canton Fair will be held agian in Guangzhou Pazhou Complex, the Spring Canton Fair (113th Canton Fair) will be held Apr. 15 – 19, Apr. 23 – 27 & May 1 – May 5, 2013.
Venues: China Import and Export Fair Complex
(No. 380 Yuejiang Zhong Road, Guangzhou, China)
International Pavilion
Texture & Garments
Consumer Goods
Industrial Products
Medicines & Health Products

Metro:You can arrive at the Canton Fair Complex directly by taking Metro Line 8 and get off at the Xingangdong Station or the Pazhou Station.
Taxi:The minimum fare is 7 RMB(including 2.3km), and 2.6 RMB per km, and you have to pay 2 RMB for additional fuel charge.
Canton Fair Buyers enjoy free shuttle bus or hotel bus.

The Canton Fair has been held in the Pazhou complex six years

The Canton Fair has become the most comprehensive trade event in China since its inception in 1957 and the recent move to the larger Pazhou Complex should help with its ever-increasing expansion.   Held twice per year (Spring and Autumn) in Guanzhou, China’s “Flower City”, the fair has the largest scale, the widest variety of exhibits (nearly 20,000) and the most business turnover from nearly 200,000 buyers and expects even higher figures every year.  Instead of the traditional two phases, this year’s edition will be broken into three. Industries are scheduled to present in their respective phases, with each phase running for 5 days from October 15th to November 6th. Many foreign businessmen would go to attend Canton fair to find business opportunities there.

The Canton Fair has been held in the Pazhou complex since 2008. Thus living near the Pazhou complex will save you a lot of time on commuting between your hotels and the Fair. But since Pazhou is in the suburb of Guangzhou, you will have to take a long drive to the downtown.
The Pazhou Complex was opened in 2002 and it is located in Pazhou island, the southern part of Guangzhou. It is now one of the venues for the China Export Commodities Fair (or “Canton Fair”). The Pazhou Complex has 16 indoor exhibition halls on the first and the second floors and can be cover up to 10,200 exhibition spaces. It has an indoor exhibition area of 160,000 sqm and an outdoor exhibition area of 22,000sqm.

The Pazhou Complex is accessible by either the Pazhou or XinGangDong metro station, both on line 8. XinGangDong is closer to Area A of the Canton Fair while the Pazhou station is closer to Area B and C. Upon exiting the station, you can find signs to signs to direct you to registration to pick up your ID badge. To enter the Canton Fair, you typically need to provide ordinary information about your business such as annual revenue and a business card. Typically most exhibitors will have English-speaking staff at the booth but may not have interpreters outside of the Canton Fair.

Canton Fair has become a microcosm of China’s growth in international trade

Chinese Export Commodities Fair also known as Canton Fair is held twice a year in Guangzhou during spring and autumn, with a history of 55 years since 1957 and co-organized by the China Foreign Trade Centre and the Foreign Affairs Office of Guangdong Province. Canton Fair is the biggest fair in China and now in the world with the assortment of products, number of attendance and the number of deals made. Canton Fair has become a microcosm of China’s growth in international trade. Because of its long history, the fair is becoming increasingly sophisticated in its execution and comprehensive in its scope as the government-sponsored organization is committed to continuously adapting its functions to take advantage of the status of China in international trade as well as to promote and further its development.

221  The Canton Fair is a biannual event, held in April and October every year.
The Canton Fair is divided into three phases, each lasting for five days. Each phase has two sessions, one in April or May and the second in October or November.  More than sixteen broad product categories are on exhibit, and the Fair is held in three Phases, covering industrial and consumer products.Different products are showcased in different phases. Commodities include consumer as well as industry related products including electronics, household electrical appliances, chemical products, lighting, vehicles, spare parts, home decor, medicine and medicinal products, food and native produce, office supply, clothing, gifts and miscellaneous consumer goods, to name a few.

With a history of 56 years since the spring of 1957, China Import and Export Fair is now the largest trade faire in china with the assortment of products, the attendance, number of business deals that other trade fairs cannot compare with. It is held biannually in Guangzhou every spring and fall. Business people from all over the world are gathering in Guangzhou, exchanging business information and developing friendship.
Global buyers in Canton Fair can find the best quality samples ever, but that doesn’t always guarantee the same high quality in the mass production. Regularly there are stories of bad quality products reaching their destination with little resemblance to the approved samples, or the first shipment arriving close to the original samples followed by the next two boxes of junk. Nowadays many experienced global buyers would rather pay a site trip to the local Chinese factories for a closer look at the in-house production lines and quality control systems.

The Canton fair has moved to a much larger venue at the Pazhou Complex

Canton is known by many global buyers because of the Canton Fair, which is largest trade fair in China being initiated since 1957 and annually held twice for China exporters and worldwide importers. All manufacturers are eager to show their new products/service and buyers from USA, Europe,Middle East, Australia and other regions travel along to explore their long-term supplier. Highest amount of global procurements in China have been made out of the event basing on data for years. 171
Originally built in 589 AD in the Sui Dynasty, the temple went under repair in about 648 AD by the order of Emperor Li Zhi of the Tang Dynasty, then still a crown prince.
The Canton Fair, (recently renamed the China Import and Export Fair), started in 1957, and is now one of the biggest trade events on the international trading calendar. The Canton Fair is a biannual event, held in April and October every year.

One of the best ways to be prepared for the next Chinese Canton fair is to have the right information beforehand. You first need to acquaint yourself with the events of the Canton fair. The Canton fair has become one of the most comprehensive trade fair events in China. It was started in 1957 and has progressively increased in size and patronage. The Canton fair has moved to a much larger venue at the Pazhou Complex. This location would be able to easily accommodate its future expansion. The fair is held in the ‘flower city’ of China, Guanzhou twice a year. It is one of the largest trade fairs with almost 20,000 booths featured in the shows. The Canton fair generates a massive business turnover from nearly 200,000 companies attending the fair. The Canton fair is being planned for three phases instead of the traditional two. The phases would be classified according to different segments of industry and companies in the appropriate industry would feature in the appropriate phase of the Canton fair. Each phase of the Canton fair would last for a duration of five days. Normally the dates range from the 15th of October to the 6th of November every year.
The first stage project of Pazhou Complex covers a ground area of 430,000 square meters with the structural area of 395,000 square meters. With 13 exhibition halls on the first and second floors, Pazhou Complex has an indoor exhibition area of 130,000 square meters and an outdoor exhibition area of 22,000 square meters, being the largest exhibition center in Asia. The Complex has been in operation since the end of 2002.

Guangzhou Pazhou International Convention Exhibition Center has a strong intention to be the leader of the world

The biggest exhibition center  in Asia, Guangzhou Pazhou International Convention Exhibition Center has a strong intention to be the leader of the world. After achieving the third phase project in 2008 fall, it will surpass the scale of any other centers and become the largest in the world. The tremendous center has planned a special project to expand its transportation system. In its superb proposal, the center plans to increase the traffic area that will be the most densely distributed roads in China. Guangzhou international convention and exhibition center devotes to be the world leader in this industry. The internationalized modern center is situated on Pazhou Island, neighboring the Pearl River Delta and is a present metropolitan development. It contributes a stage for international information exchange, culture interchange, financial services, and tourism, etc.

Canton Fair has been successfully held for 15 times in the Pazhou complex. Basically, The fair is organized by Guangzhou Municipal People’ Government and China Foreign Trade Center. In 2007 Guangzhou Fair with 3,000 booths and more than 13 countries & 40 provinces attended has accomplished great progress; there were 385 cooperation projects dealt and the total trade value approached RMB 155,409,000,000.
The main design principle of Pazhou Complex is to extend the image of “flowing” of Pearl River. The wave like rooftop just likes the river flowing by. It integrates with surrounding environment elegantly. This design principle is unparalleled in all of the exhibition centres in the world.
The Canton Fair provides interpreters of different languages including English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Arabic. For interpretation service, you need to contact the Interpretation Service Center in advance.
Taking a metro is the best way to get to Pazhou Complex. Businessmen can take the Metro Line2 and get off at the Pazhou Station, which is located at southwest and close to Pazhou Complex. If you are taking Metro Line 1, you can change to Metro Line 2 at Gongyuan Qian Station, while if you are taking the Metro Line 3, you can switch to Metro line 2 at Kecun Station.

Canton Fair Pazhou Complex

How to Get to the Canton Fair Pazhou Complex

Canton Fair Pazhou Complex

During the Canton Fair, public transportation will be the most available way to get to the Canton Fair Pazhou Complex. The most convenient way is by metro. Most Guangzhou hotels will offer a transfer service for their customers for free. The Canton Fair has officially set up free shuttle buses for overseas customers from Pazhou Complex to the city center.

By Metro

There are 8 Metro lines in Guangzhou. You can get directly to the Pazhou Complex by Metro Line 8. The fare ranges from 2 to 12 yuan. Most of the signs and announcements in metro stations are in English.

Guangzhou Metro

By Taxi

Taxies follow the principles of “marked prices”. The starting fare is 10 yuan (Including the fuel surcharge) for the first 2.3 kilometers, and it is 2.3 or 2.6 yuan every kilometer after that.

Tips:  1. Write down the address of where you want to go in Chinese and show to the driver.
2. The demand for taxi in Guangzhou is very high, particularly during peak hours: from 8am to 9am, at lunch and at dinner.

Guangzhou Taxi

By Hotel Bus

Most of the star-rated hotels will offer a transfer service directly from the hotel to the complex, but the timetables are very different for each hotel. Ask for the timetable in the hotel’s lobby when you check in.

Canton Fair Shuttle Bus

By Shuttle Bus

The Canton Fair officially offers free shuttle buses for overseas customers from Pazhou Complex to the city center. You can get the buses from the Shuttle Bus Station.

Line 1

Canton Fair to Huanshizhong Road (Garden Hotel)

Garden Hotel → Baiyun Hotel → Guangdong International Hotel → Holiday Inn City Center Guangzhou → Asia International Hotel → Ocean Hotel and Friendship Store

Line 2

Canton Fair to Dongfang Hotel

Dongfang Hotel → China Hotel → Parkview Square Hotel → Landsman Hotel → New Mainland Hotel → Overseas Chinese Hotel → Liuhua Hotel → Guangzhou Railway Station → Yuexiu Park Station of the Guangzhou Metro

Line 3

Canton Fair to Haizhu Plaza (Hotel Landmark Canton)

Haizhu Plaza → Hotel Landmark Canton → Guangzhou Hotel

Line 4

Canton Fair to Tianhe Terminal (CITIC Plaza)

CITIC Plaza → The Westin Guangzhou → Royal Garden Hotel → Grand Palace Hotel → Star Hotel → Guangzhou Tianhe East Railway Station → China Mayors Plaza → Grandview Mall → President Hotel → Teem Plaza

Source from Canton Fair Travel Guide

Pazhou Complex

The Schedule for 111th Canton Fair

Pazhou Complex

111th Canton Fair is held in Pazhou Complex, Guangzhou,  from April 15, 2012 to May 5, 2012. Due to various products that are focused here, Canton Fair will be divided into 3 phases for convenience and every phase provides a complete package of 5 days business & trade networking among international visitors & China exhibitors. The details are as follows:

Business Discussion during Canton Fair

Aim at which kind of product you are interested in, and make a reasonable schedule for your trip. By the way, there are several days you can make use of to do other things between these 3 Phases. To take a visit to Guangzhou or try the local food can be a nice choice to relax yourself from business.