The Shenzhen China Hi Tech Fair – More than just Robotic Dolphins

The Shenzhen China Hi Tech Fair – More than just Robotic Dolphins

The city of Shenzhen near Hong Kong is starting to become very well known for it’s hi-tech industry base which has been a big part of the city’s success so appropriately it’s also home to the China Hi-Tech Fair which is claimed to be the number 1 tech show in China. So, how could I not go for a look!

The show has been held every year since 1999 and attracts both visitors and exhibitors from both locally and overseas. The event is held at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center which provides a whopping 105,000 Sqm of floor space for exhibitors filling the 9 separate halls, along with conference and function facilities for the many forums and meetings that are held daily during the event.    read more

Clothes and Fashion in Humen China

Clothes and Fashion in Humen China

If there’s one thing that keeps me in awe about about China it’s simply the scale of things. As we drive from Shenzhen to Humen we pass factory after factory. I don’t often need much reminding that this is the worlds most populus country but I’m reminded again that it’s also the worlds factory.

Instead of catching a bus from Shenzhen to Humen we got lucky and found a taxi that needed to get back to that area, so for the same price as the bus tickets, were getting a ride straight to our hotel door. read more

Back to Guangzhou for the Canton Fair

Back to Guangzhou for the Canton Fair

After firing off an email to the organisers of the Canton Fair explaining how much I really enjoyed there entry process (see my previous visit to the Canton Fair), I got a fast response via email and an invite to return.

This time I registered for the Canton Fair (also known as The China Import and Export Fair) via there website from where I could print out the invitation, I don’t have a printer so I didn’t bother. Interestingly they promote the online registration service as being a ‘green’ initiative, hmmm, maybe they don’t know where paper comes from… read more

Guangzhou Trade Fairs: International Sourcing Expo

Guangzhou Trade Fairs: International Sourcing Expo

I was actually in Guangzhou to visit the Canton Fair, but ooops, I left my passport at the hotel. For some reason, seemingly unknown to anyone, you actually need to have a passport with a valid visa to gain entry to the Canton Fair, maybe they want to keep the locals out! If so, with red hair, white skin and an Australian accent I should be able to get in, right?

No chance, the front gates are guarded by guards from the PLA, yes, that’s right, Chinese military guards. But maybe that reflects what a big deal the Canton Fair is, this is one of the worlds biggest trade fairs, attracting thousands of buyers from all over the world, and from the worlds leading companies. So considering the times we are in, and the fact that that companies from all over the globe have representatives here, the gaurds are perhaps warranted. read more

Guangzhou Metro (subway)

Guangzhou Metro (subway)

Guangzhou has a modern subway system which services a large part of the city. For me, I wanted to get from Ghuangzhou East Railway Station to Pazhou where the Canton Fair complex is. It turned out to be pretty easy, just buy a ticket at the electronic vending machine which accepts coins, 5 yuan notes and 10 yuan notes.

I had to take line 1 to Tiyuxilu and then change to line 3 and then get off at Kecun and change to line 2 whose second last destination is Pazhou. When I walked out of the Pazhou Station I was right in the middle of trade fair city where the Jinhan Fair and Canton Fair Complex were located. The International Sourcing Expo is also nearby. read more

Train from Shenzhen to Guangzhuo

Train from Shenzhen to Guangzhuo

I was heading to the trade fairs that are held every year in Guangzhuo, in particular the Canton Fair and lucky for me theres a regular fast train between Shenzhen and Guangzhuo East (Guangzhoudong).

Theres many trains running through the day on this route, about 24 trains a day, from early morning to early night. It takes just over an hour for the trip although some trains take a little longer at over 2 hours, maybe they stop at more stations but I’m not sure.

For my first trip I booked a standard ticket at 75 yuan ($11) and it was a modern comfortable train, it was a D series train if you know your China trains. The only downside is that the seats are a little cosy…. read more

Hong Kong – China Sourcing Fair for Electronics

Hong Kong – China Sourcing Fair for Electronics

It turned out that I happened to be in Hong Kong at a good time, just when the China Sourcing Fair was on. The China Sourcing Fair is a series of trade shows which each run for several days at the Asia-World Expo site near Hong Kongs Airport. If you are staying in HK, do check out the hand-picked list of top value hotels which are near to Asia-World Expo.

This session of the trade fair featured electronics including car audio and entertainment, consumer electronics, mobile phones, laptops, PC accessories, security products and more. There were 8 separate halls packed with what I believe was almost 1000 different manufacturers. read more