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canadian business guides to the canton fair

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May 4, 2011Posted by David Howse

Canada China Business Consulting
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The below Buy Now button is a service I have set up for Canadian business people to hire me as a guide, product scout, and negotiator for 7 days at the Canton Fair (or any other time) in Guangzhou or Shanghi, China. Please call before you make the purchase.

Call 403-991-8863 before order

how to get to china

April 25, 2011Posted by David Howse

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So we just crossed in to China! There are two general ways to enter China, (1) Fly directly there (2)Fly to a neighbouring country and bus or train in.

A business partner I went on the trip with flew Calgary, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and the trip took him 21 hours.

I flew Calgary, Vancouver, Hong Kong, and then bussed from Chek Lap Kok airport to Guangzhou. My total travel time was 18 hours.

The most complicated part of getting to China was the Canton Fair and VISA applications. By Canadian standards, Chinese websites are overly complicated and messy (though our websites are dull and boring to the Chinese) so finding the information you need is very difficult.

You need a VISA to enter China. Canadians don’t need a VISA to enter Hong Kong; but Hong Kong has high health standards so make sure you are not sick when you enter, they have body heat scanners and people walking around with ear thermometers.

Here’s a break down of visiting China:

  • Get invitation to visit China from Chinese business
  • Get Canadian Passport
  • Fill out Chinese VISA application (this was a bit of work)
  • Submit Chinese VISA Application
  • Pay for and pickup Chinese VISA
  • Book flight to Hong Kong
  • Book Hotel (this can be interesting as the hotel might be sold out for you flight time so have a set of option ready).

BECAREFUL OF TRAVEL AGENCIES WHEN PLANNING A TRIP TO THE CANTON FAIR – CANADIAN TRAVEL AGENTS KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT GUANGZHOU. THEY MIGHT OVERCHARGE BY $2000 ON A 2-WEEK TRIP AND PUT YOU IN A HOTEL NO WHERE NEAR THE CANTON FAIR.

  • Start shopping for the necessities. Click what to take when visiting China for a list of things to take with you.
  • You just landed in Hong Kong. Plan on being immediately lost. You can walk to the bus station from your arrival gate, hop on a bus to Guangzhou for 170 Yuan ($26 CAD) (Hong Kong accepts both Yuan and $HK) or,
  • Take a cab to the train station for $260HK ($33 CAD) depending on traffic then take the train for 180 Yuan ($27 CAD).
  • In either case you see customs when you land in Hong Kong, leave Hong Kong for China, and enter China from Hong Kong. China runs Hong Kong as a special district so things may be a little confusing.
  • You are now in China!
  • Give yourself a few days and a few hundred Yuan before you realize everyone is ripping you off (the culture is based on negotiating, you can even directly negotiate your hotel price.)
  • Dealing with the factories is no different but mistakes here can cost you $1000s. There are many people in the loop and they all have there hands out for a cut of the deal.

I hope these tips help. I will visit China again in October 2015 and am willing to take one person and show them how to get the most out of there Canton Fair visit. See the above entry for my guide and consulting service.