The Top 5 Trade Fairs in China — Dates, Products, Location, and Tour Suggestions
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The Top 5 Trade Fairs in China — Dates, Products, Location, and Tour Suggestions

By Kelly PangUpdated Mar. 18, 2021

The top 5 trade shows of China are the Canton Fair, Yiwu Trade Fair, Beijing Auto Show, the Bauma Fair, and the Shanghai Import and Export Commodity Fair. They have great influence, and are becoming increasingly important as China’s economy grows and Chinese technology improves. People from all over the world attend them.

Chinese trade fairs are becoming increasingly important as the size of the economy increases and the technology level improves. Hundreds of thousands of business people attend these five conferences from basically every country in the world hoping to buy or sell needed products and scouting for business opportunities.

Our information about China's top five trade shows includes dates, featured products, location, cost, attendance, transportation, tour suggestions, things to do in each city, and weather information.

1) The Canton Fair (China Import and Export Fair)

Guangzhou pazhou international exhibition center Guangzhou Pazhou International Exhibition Center
The Canton Fair

The Canton Fair (广交会) is a national fair and is China's biggest trade fair. They feature basically every type of industrial product from electronics to automobiles in Phase 1, consumer goods and gifts in Phase 2, and clothing, medicines, and recreational products in Phase 3. The event is held twice annually in the Spring and Autumn.

Though most of the buyers are from other Asian countries, buyers from the Europe, the US, and Russia each make up about 10% or more of the buyers. It is designed to be an international event with multiple language assistance for the people from 200 countries.

Transportation

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Getting there: The Pazhou complex is conveniently located on Pazhou Island in southeast Guangzhou. Travel to the complex by taxi, hotel shuttle bus, subway, or our drivers. Most Guangzhou hotels offer free shuttle buses during the Canton Fair, however the shuttle bus timetable is very limited and there is little choice. The subway is a very good choice to get to the Pazhou Complex and provides good access almost anywhere in Guangzhou.

Canton Fair Metro Map: Xingangdong (新港东站) and Pazhou (琶洲站) on Metro line 8 are the two nearest metro stations to the Canton Fair venue.

Guangzhou Weather

Pearl RiverPearl River

Climate: The fair is usually held in the months of April and October. Other than for the fair, April isn't a high travel and tourism month which makes things easier for hosting the conference. The weather is damp and rainy with cool nights. October is a high tourism month, but the warm and sunny weather is comfortable for the exposition attenders.

Recommended Attraction

For fair attenders, we suggest a relaxing Pearl River cruise and dinner on a river boat. See the colorful lights and architectural wonders of Guangzhou while you relax after a tiring day at the fair.

2) The Yiwu Commdities Fair

Yiwu International Trade City District 1Yiwu International Trade City District 1

The four other trade fairs are temporary, but the Yiwu Trade Fair (义博会) is a permanent fair targeted for small buyers from all over the world looking to buy wholesale products at the lowest prices. The price are a little lower than at Guangzhou. In addition to the permanent trade market, many annual exhibitions of various categories of products attract more buyers and exhibitors to Yiwu City.

The International Trade City, also called China Commodities City, or simply Yiwu Market, is the biggest of the Yiwu market places. It has as many as 70,000 booths with 100,000 sellers representing factories all over China. It measures 4,000,000 square meters or 43,000,000 square feet.

The biggest of the annual fairs is the annual Yiwu International Commodities Fair (中国义乌进口商品博览会) at the International Exhibition Center. It is in October. Goods from tens of thousands of Chinese factories are displayed.

Yiwu attracts tens of thousands of Africans, South Asians, and Southeast Asians with suitcases looking for consumer products to sell in their own countries. Anyone could go there and shop, and the prices and variety is the best in the world.

Transportation

Tell us how we can help, and we'll also arrange accommodations, tours, and meals if needed. See our recommended Yiwu Fair hotels.

Recommended Attraction

For fair visitors and shoppers, we suggest the ancient Iron Tower for a local sightseeing excursion.

3) Beijing International Auto Show

Temple of HeavenTemple of Heaven

The Beijing Auto Show (北京国际汽车展览会) is a national automobile exhibition featuring vehicles from virtually every major company in the world. It is China's largest automobile show, and one of the top four in the world. For Chinese wanting to compare and buy products and for foreigners wishing to source vehicles, parts and accessories, it is very important to attend.

China already has the world's biggest auto industry, and it is expected that the size of the market might double within ten years and be bigger than that of the US, Canada, Europe, Russia and Japan combined. The market size and potential and the low prices makes the show increasingly important.

Transportation

The Forbidden CityThe Forbidden City

Getting there: The Beijing International Exhibition Centre (NCIEC) is in the Shunyi District only about 30 kilometers away from the Forbidden City and other central Beijing attractions.

Beijing Weather

The great wallThe Great Wall at Beijing

Climate: The fair is usually held in the month of April when you'll still need a coat because the nights are cold and the days are cool.

Recommended Attraction

For auto show attenders, we suggest taking the chance while in Beijing to see the ancient wonders such as the Forbidden City. We could help you tour the sites.

4) Bauma China 2020

— The 8th International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Construction Vehicles, and Equipment

Shanghai river cruiseHuangpu River night cruise in Pudong

The Bauma Fair (中国国际工程机械,建材机械,矿山机械、工程车辆及设备博览会or上海宝马展for short) is a national trade fair for China's construction industry and construction related companies. China has the largest construction industry by far, so this is a very important trade show. It is Asia's biggest construction trade fair. They feature basically every type of construction equipment.

Transportation

Shanghai New International Expo CentreShanghai New International Expo Centre

Getting there: The Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) complex is conveniently located in the Pudong business district (CBD). So it is near the Shanghai World Financial Centre, the Shanghai Tower, and plush hotels in Pudong. Travel to the complex by taxi, hotel shuttle bus, subway, or our drivers.

Shanghai Weather

The bundThe Bund, Sahnghai

Climate: The fair is usually held in the month of November. Expect fine, cool, dry weather ideal for attending the exposition and for touring. The foliage is beautiful, and you want want to see the autumn leaves at Century Park.

November is a high tourism month when foreign tour groups flock inbound. So finding accommodations is more difficult for those attending the Export Commodities Fair. We can arrange accommodations and travel tickets.

Recommended Attraction

For fair attenders, we suggest a relaxing Huangpu River cruise and dinner on a river boat. See the colorful lights and architectural wonders of Shanghai while you relax after a tiring day at the fair.

5) East China Import and Export Commodity Fair (ECF)

Pudong Pudong lights up at night

The Shanghai Import and Export Commodity Fair (中国华东进出口商品交易会) is the biggest of the regional fairs. Eastern China provinces and cities sponsor the annual event. Buyers come from about 100 countries.

Transportation

Getting there: The trade show is in the big New International Expo Center complex (SNIEC) in Pudong. So it is within convenient distance of major hotels and corporate offices. Travel to the complex by taxi, hotel shuttle bus, subway, or our drivers.

Shanghai Weather

Climate: The fair is held in March. It is often windy, and nights are cold. The days are cool. But it isn't freezing.

Recommended Attraction

We suggest a relaxing Huangpu River cruise and dinner on a river boat. See the colorful lights and architectural wonders of Shanghai in the evening during your visit.

Recommended China Tour Packages

Huangshan Enjoy the best of Shanghai and China's nearby Yellow Mountains alongside a trade fair.

Both the Bauma Fair and the ECF are held in Shanghai, and Yiwu is only 100 km south of Hangzhou, 3 hours from the Yellow Mountains. Escape the city for some fresh mountain air and inspiring scenery!

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