1. Chinese Export Commodities Fair (Guangzhou)
Time: Every spring and autumn
The Chinese Export Commodities Fair is also called the Canton Fair. It is held twice a year, in the spring and autumn, ever since it was inaugurated in 1957. It is China's largest and most prestigious trade fair, featuring the most complete variety of trade goods in the country, which then attracts the largest attendance of fair-goers resulting in extensive business ventures and deals. Preserving its traditions for decades, the fair is a comprehensive and multi-functional event of international importance.
In total, 48 Trading Delegations composed of thousands of China's best foreign trade corporations (enterprises) with sound credibility and financial capability take part in the event. These include foreign trade companies, factories, scientific research institutions, foreign invested enterprises, as well as wholly foreign-owned enterprises and private enterprises. Besides the traditional ways of negotiating, the fair also does trading online. The Chinese Export Commodities Fair tends to favor exportable trade, although the import business is also well represented.
Apart from these trading practices, various other types of business activities such as economic and technical cooperatives and exchanges, commodity inspection, insurance, transportation, advertising, and consultation are transacted during the event. Business people from all over the world gather in Guangzhou with the goal of exchanging business information and developing networked friendships.
Every year the Guangzhou Fair hosts more than 100,000 foreign exhibitors and buyers, with the trade volume reaching upwards of 27 billion US dollars. It is a platform from which Chinese export trade enterprises gain a wide international exposure, and where Chinese commodities take center stage on the global arena.
2. South China International Print Expo (Guangzhou)
Time: every spring
The South China International Print Expo is known as the South China International Exhibition on Pre- Press and Printing Industry. This exposition was inaugurated in 1994 and currently has over a 10 year history.
The event provides exhibitors with an ideal trading platform, providing them with an outlet to displays their most advanced and unique products, not to mention for exhibitors and visitors alike to gain exposure to the developing trends in the global press industry. For many years, with the support of governmental administrative departments in charge at various levels as well as professional associations and exhibitors, this exhibition has developed into the professional press expo with the largest scale and broadest influence in south China.
3. Guangzhou International Illumination Expo
The Guangzhou International Illumination Expo is the second largest in the world and the largest in Asia. Founded in 1996, the first 8 exhibitions were held in the hall of the China Export Commodities Fair in Guangzhou. Until the end of 2003, the German Frankfurt Exhibition Company had bought 50% of the shares of the Guangzhou Illumination Expo held by Guangzhou Guangya.
In 2004, both sides began to cooperate on the management of the exhibition. Owing to the participation of the Frankfurt Exhibition Company, the Guangzhou International Illumination Expo has developed quickly and continues to attract many professional buyers from over 100 countries and regions.
4. Guangzhou Cosmetic Expo
The Guangzhou Cosmetic Expo was founded in 1989. Since 1996, it has been held 2 times every year. The exhibition area is vast, spread over 60,000 square meters. Nearly 2,000 enterprises take part in the exhibition, with close to 200,000 professional visitors attending. After 16 years, its scale ranks second next to the Italia Cosmoprof International Cosmetic Expo. It is regarded as the first of its kind in Asia and the second of such in the world.
One month before and after the Guangzhou Cosmetic Expo, countless cosmetic enterprises in China and abroad organize and conduct hundreds of press conferences, seminars, and shows in Guangzhou and its surrounding regions. The Guangzhou Cosmetic Expo has become the largest platform for the display and exchange of information in the cosmetics trade. At the same time, it is regarded as the most important and successful trading platform of its products, acclaimed as the "Guangzhou International Cosmetic Festival."
5. China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition
The China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition was founded in 2003. It is a high-level, comprehensive, and international exhibition. The Guangzhou Government is a staunch supporter of the festival, helping the event reach such commercial success.
The consumer market for automobiles in the Guangdong Province comprises a third of all of China's, and this industry has certainly been developing at a rapid pace. The exhibition takes advantage of the best exhibition hall in all in Guangzhou and often the best in china. For these reasons, the China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition has become one of China's best known motoring exhibitions after only 3 years of existence.
6. Culture Fair (Shenzhen)
Time: every May
The Culture Fair in Shenzhen is also known as the China International Cultural Industry Fair. It is China's only state-level run cultural industry fair and is hosted by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), State Administration of Radio, Film and Television of the PRC, General Administration of Press and Publication of the PRC, Guangdong Provincial People's Government, and the Shenzhen Municipal People's Government, not to mention it is sponsored by the Shenzhen Press Group, Shenzhen Media Group, Shenzhen Circulation Group, and Shenzhen International Cultural Industry Fair Co. Ltd.
7. Hi-Tech Fair
Founded in 1999, the Hi-Tech Fair held in Guangdong is China's International Hi-Tech Fair. Approved by the State Council of the People's Republic of China (PRC), the China Hi-Tech Fair is together hosted by the Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Science and Technology of the PRC, Ministry of Information Industry of the PRC, National Development and Reform Commission of the PRC, Ministry of Education, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Shenzhen Municipal People's Government, and co-hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture of the PRC. Zhurongji, Wubangguo, Lichangchun, Wuyi, and some other leaders of the Party and state normally inaugurate the fair and host the opening ceremony at each event.
The Hi-Tech Fair is a large scale exhibition that sees an increasing amount of business every year. It has become one of most well-known hi-tech fairs in the world.
In all previous fairs, different provinces (autonomous regions, and municipalities directly under the central government, as well as special administrative regions of the People's Republic of China), over 30 universities, some related ministries and commissions and more than 50 countries such as America, Britain, Germany, and France participated in the fair.
Over 40 famous enterprises (including multinational corporations) display, trade, and negotiate business including IBM, Intel, Siemens, Hitachi, Panasonic, Samsung, Epson, and Canon. Nearly 200 notables (including 13 Nobel laureates) from different fields in the world deliver meaningful lectures in the Hi-Tech Forum. Because of these characteristics, it has become the most important window to the outside world of the Chinese hi-tech industry and the most effective trading platform of Chinese hi-tech achievements.
8. China (Zhuhai) Air Show
The China Air Show is the only international aerospace exhibition in China that is approved by the Chinese Central Government. It features real-size object displays, trade discussions, technical exchanges, and flight demonstrations. The Zhuhai Airshow Co., Ltd. is the organizer.
Since the advent of the event in 1996, it has been successfully held on 5 occasions, growing rapidly into one of the most influential international airshows, one that encourages trade and specialization together. It represents the advanced technological trends of current international aerospace as well as displaying the developments of international aerospace. The China Air Show has become one of 5 most prominent air shows in the world.
9. Dongguan Electronic Expo
The Dongguan Electronic Expo is short for the Chinese Dongguan International Computer Communication and Consumer Electronic Products Expo. It has been held once a year since its inauguration in 1999 and is one of the 4 top computer products expositions in the world.
After 6 years of cultivation and effort from the local government, the expo has experienced a transformation from governmental initiative to market-facing, and from an achievement-based show to a professional show. The Dongguan Electronic Expo brings hundreds of enterprises together in Dongguan.
They come from all provinces and cities in China and the USA, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and other locations. During every show, about 30,000 buyers at home and abroad take part in the fair. Over 20 countries such as France, America, Australia, Pakistan, Komoros, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, West Africa, Indonesia, Canada, Turkey, Spain, India, and other regions all send delegations to visit the fair. The event becomes more and more specialized and internationalized each year.
10. Shantou International Food Expo
The Shantou International Food Expo was inaugurated in 1999 and has been held 6 times. Hundreds of enterprises from more than 20 countries and regions such as the USA, France, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and over 30 provinces and cities take part in the exposition. The average attendance during each exposition is over 100,000. Attendees appreciate the social benefits, and at the same time, the exhibitors gain excellent economic benefits.