Canton Fair Tips and FAQs

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Canton Fair Tips and FAQs

1. Should I get registered before visiting the Fair?

Pazhou Complex

The Canton Fair visitors should get registered before they visit the Fair, and have their Visitor Cards stamped and confirmed upon registration. Access to the Fair is granted only to those with confirmed Visitor Cards. Kindly note that Chinese exhibitors may refuse to negotiate with someone without a Visitor Card.

2. What documents are required for registration?

Documents Required for Invitation Card Holders

Documents Required for Holders of "PVC" Bar-code Card

  • Personal "PVC" Bar-code Card and invitation card extended by the Fair.
  • Personal papers (Overseas Passport, H.K./Macau I.D. Card or Residence Permit, Taiwan Compatriot Travel Certificate)

Documents Required for Non-holders of Invitation Card

  • Personal Papers (Overseas Passport, H.K./Macau I.D. Card or Residence Permit, Taiwan Compatriot Travel Certificate, or a Chinese Passport with at least one year foreign visa)
  • A Completed Registration Form filled in by Visitor
  • A most recent passport photo (5CM×4CM)

Registration of Local Representatives

Local Representatives in foreign companies' representative office in China are requested to present the following documents at registration:

  • Invitation Card (extended by the Fair)
  • Valid Employee Certificate (extended by Administration for Industry & Commerce)
  • The Employee's I.D. Card
  • Business Card
  • A most recent passport photo (5cm×4cm)

3. What is a "PVC" Bar-code Card?

Visitors could apply to Solid Channel Co. (H.K.) for PVC Visitor Card in the period from September 3 to September 29.

Add: 3106-3107, OfficeTower, ConventionPlaza, 1 Harbour Rd., Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-28771866, 28771318 Fax:852-28383169

This Card made of PVC material, with an identifying Card number, is valid for multiple Sessions. Access to the Fair is granted only to those with a new confirmation to this Card.


  • This card is multiple and valid for different sessions.
  • Dates of the Fair:
    Spring Fair: April 15th~30th, Autumn Fair: Oct. 15th-30th
  • Remember to bring along this card every time you visit the Fair, for it is required to have your registration upon your arrival.
  • Not transferable, this card does not serve as an Identification of Exhibitor. Violations will cause the confiscation of this card. Kindly keep it safe.

4. Where are the Fair's Visitors' Registration Office for registration?

Gate No.1 of the Fair
Complex,117LiuHua Rd., Guangzhou

The Garden Hotel
368 Huanshi Dong Rd., Guangzhou
Tel: 86-20-83338989 Ext. Registration Desk

New Mainland Hotel 
108-122 Zhangqian Rd., Guangzhou 
Tel: 86-20-86678638 Ext. Registration Desk

Baiyun Hotel
367 Huanshi Dong Rd.,Guangzhou
Tel:86-20-83333998 Ext. Registration Desk

Guangzhou Hotel
Haizhu Square, Guangzhou
Tel:86-20-83338168 Ext. Registration Desk

White Swan Hotel
Shamian Island Guangzhou
Tel: 86-20-81886968 Ext. Registration Desk

Hotel Landmark Canton
8 Qiaoguang Road, Guangzhou
Tel:86-20-83355988 Ext. Registration Desk 

5. Can I attend the Canton Fair?

Invitation is for the invited overseas business people only. One Invitation Card can be shared by three visitors from the same company. Invitation can be applied for to one of the following organizations before March 30 ( Spring Fair ) and September 30 (Autumn Fair).

1. The Economic & Commercial Counselor's Office of the Embassy (Consulate) of P.R.China

2. The Chinese foreign trade corporations (enterprises) with whom you are business-related

3. Solid Channel Co. (H.K.) CECF Invitation Office (for companies in H.K. recorded at the fair only)
Add: 3106-3107, OfficeTower, ConventionPlaza, 1Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-28771866, 28771318
Fax: 852-28383169

4. China Travel Service (Hong Kong) Ltd. and its overseas branches (for those who used to get INVITATION CARDS from CTS or new visitors to CECF)

5. Macau Chamber of Commerce (for business people in Macau only)
Add: Rua de Xandai, 175, Edf. ACM., 5 andar, Macau
Tel: 853-576833
Fax: 853-594513

6. The Taipei Liaison Office of "The Chinese Commercial and Industrial Coordination Society" (for business people in Taiwan Region)

7. The Association for the Promotion of International Trade, Japan
Add: Toranomon, 10th Mori Bldg, 1-18-1 Toranomon, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Tel: 81-3-35068261
Fax: 81-3-35068260

8. The Local Representative Offices of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)
Add, Tel & Fax No.: Please make inquiries locally.

9. China Machinery & Electronic Products Exhibition Center in U.A.E.
Tel: 971-6-5557788
Fax: 971-6-5557227

10. Hang Fang Fair & Trade Co., Ltd. in Canada
Add: 1212-409 Granville Street, Vancouver, B. C. V6C 1 T2, Canada
Tel: 1-604-6833323
Fax: 1-604-6832236

6. Can I apply an invitation online?

Overseas visitors could receive the Invitation Card for Canton Fair online.

Chinese Representatives in foreign companies' representative offices in China are requested to apply to Foreign Liaison Department of the China Foreign Trade Center for Invitation Card by presenting such documents as Business Certificate, Employee Certificate and ID Card before August 15. One Invitation is valid for only one employee.

7. Could an overseas businessperson visit the Canton fair without an Invitation?

Yes, but the person has to pay RMB110 or HKD100 service charge when you arrive in Guangzhou, which is valid for 12 days.

8. Do I need to get a China Visa if I am a invitation card holder?

Entry visa to Guangzhou is granted against the Invitation Card extended by the Trade Fair. For this purpose, kindly approach the Embassy of P.R. China with the Invitation Card. Here are four more options:

  • In case of the absence of a Chinese Embassy in your country, kindly approach the Embassy of P. R. China in a neighboring country.
  • Visa Section , Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of PRC in the Hong Kong SAR.
    Add: 7th Floor, Lower Block, China Resources Building, 26 Harbour Road, Wanchai District, Hong Kong SAR
    Tel: 852-3413 2424
    Fax: 852-3413 2312
  • Fair visitors can also entrust the visa application to China Travel Service (Hong Kong) Ltd. 
    Add: 1/F., Alpha House, 27-33 Nathan Rd., Kowloon, Hong Kong 
    Tel: 852-2315 7150 
    Fax: 852-2315 7292
  • During the Fair, visitors who leave Mainland China and want to come back to Guangzhou may apply for re-entry visa to the Visa Section for Aliens of the Commissioner mentioned in Item 2 or Division of Aliens and Exit-Entry Administration of Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau (Add: No.155 Jie Fang Nan Road, Guangzhou.)

9. Canton Fair Visiting Tips

Directory of Chinese Export Commodities Fair's Exhibitors

Visitors may receive a free Directory of Chinese Export Commodities Fair's Exhibitors with the invitation card at Pearl Promenade opposite to Hall 25, CECF (Pazhou) Complex.


The Canton Fair provides interpreters of different languages including English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Arabic. For interpretation service, kindly contact our Registration Office during the Fair or contact Foreign Liaison Department in advance.


E-commerce Centers provide Internet service at:

Canton Fair (Pazhou) Complex: Counter 1-2 on Pearl Promenade of Hall 23, Counter 3-4 on Pearl Promenade of Hall 23, E-Commerce Center of Hall 21, E-Commerce Center of Hall 23, E-Commerce Center of Hall 25, E-Commerce Center of Hall 27, E-Commerce Center on the Second Floor of Hall 24. 

Exhibitors' Information

Visitors could find the exhibitors' information by SCAN, Directory of Chinese Export Commodities Fair's Exhibitors, Chinese Export Commodities Fair CD-Rom, or Canton Fair Website.

Tips for Security

No smoking in exhibition halls. The Canton Fair set up several smoking areas for you.

Please take good care of your property. If you lose something, please get contact with Security Section of CECF Security Office. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Location: Room 05, 1/F, Hall 23, CECF Pazhou Complex.

If any problems about security, please refer to CECF Security Office for help.

Pazhou Complex: 86-20-89131203

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