What is the difference between Ningbo Market and Canton Fair?

Ningbo Market, i.e. China Ningbo International Trade City is the largest wholesale market in the world, a permanent trade show in China.

Canton Fair, i.e. China Import and Export Fair is the most famous trade shows in China.

Ningbo Market and Canton Fair Differences:

1) Canton Fair is in Guangzhou city, Guangdong province. Ningbo market is in Ningbo city, Zhejiang province.

2) Canton Fair starts from 1957. Ningbo market starts from 1982.

3) Canton Fair just opens for a few days in April and October every year. Ningbo market opens all year round except for a half-month close during Chinese New Year.

4) Canton Fair has more big manufacturers and big trading companies. Ningbo market has more small factories and distributors.

5) Canton Fair has MOQs of thousands or tens of thousands or one full container, ONLY for big importers. Ningbo market has MOQs from a few dozens to a few hundreds. You can mix 200 items in one container. Welcome small shop owners come to Ningbo.

6) At Canton Fair, almost all suppliers speak English and know what is FOB. At Ningbo market, only few suppliers speak little English and have no idea about what is FOB. You should find a reliable and profession agent in Ningbo.

7) The price in Ningbo market is much cheaper than in Canton Fair. You can find very cheap items: socks US$0.1, hairpin US$0.05, ballpoint pen US$0.08, slippers US$0.5, toys US$0.3, etc. in Ningbo market.

8 ) The total numbers of suppliers in Ningbo market is much more than in Canton Fair. There are more than 100,000 suppliers in Ningbo market.

If you have time, you can first attend Canton Fair, then fly from Guangzhou to Ningbo and visit Ningbo market. We want to say, more and more customers come to Ningbo market from Canton Fair in recent years.



117th China Import and Export Fair, Canton Fair, 15 days from April.15 to May. 5.

Venue: China Import and Export Fair Complex
(No. 380, Yuejiang Zhong Road, Guangzhou, China)

Phase 1 (April. 15-19, 2014)
Electronics & Household Electrical Appliances
Lighting Equipment    |    Vehicles & Spare Parts
Machinery           |    Hardware & Tools
Building Materials      |   Chemical Products

Phase 2
(April. 23-27, 2014)
Consumer Goods
Home Decorations

Phase 3 (May 1-May 5, 2013)
Office Supplies, Cases & Bags, and
Recreation Products      |      Food     |
Textiles & Garments      |      Shoes   |
Medicines, Medical Devices and Health Products


Permanent China Fair, Ningbo Market, opens every day.

Venue: China Ningbo International Trade City

Date: Every Day
Include Saturdays and Sundays and Public Holidays
Exclude 15-days Chinese New Year Holidays
(09th, Feb. 2015 – 28th, Feb. 2015)

Featured Products in Ningbo Market:

1) Apparel & Shoes : T-Shirts, Dresses, Sportswear, Lingerie, Jeans, Underwear, Socks, Boots, Sneakers.

2) Fashion Accessories: Head wear, Hats, Neckties, Belts, Gloves, Sunglasses, Watches, Bags, Handbags.

3) Gifts & Crafts: Christmas Products, Crystal Crafts, Metal Crafts, Holiday Gifts & Decoration, Photo & Picture Frames, Key Chains, Candles & Candles Holders.

4) Health & Beauty: Massager, E-Cigarette, Makeup & Makeup Tools, Skin Care, Perfume & Perfume Bottles, Personal Hygiene.

5) Home & Garden: Baby Supplies, Bath & Toilet, Bedding, BBQ, Cookware, Tableware, Kitchen Accessories.

6) Jewelry: Bangles & Bracelets, Brooches, Earrings, Jewelry Set, Necklaces, Rings, Silver & Sterling Silver Jewelry, Gemstones.

7) Office & School Supplies: Pens, Notebook, Calculator, Educational Supplies.

8) Promotional Gifts: Key chain, Caps, Lanyard, Digital Photo Frames, Coasters, Golf Items, T-shirts.

9) Sports & Outdoor: Camping, Games, Pet & Products, Scooters, Sport Products.

10) Toys: Dolls, R/C Toys, Educational Toys, Ball, Electrical Toys, Plastic Toys.

You can fly from Guangzhou to Ningbo. Order from Ningbo market:

1) Arrive in Ningbo on April. 18th or 19th. Shopping from April. 19-22 in Ningbo market. Fly back to Guangzhou on April. 22 late afternoon.

2) Arrive in Ningbo on April. 26th or 27th. Shopping from April. 27-30 in Ningbo market. Fly back to Guangzhou on April. 30 late afternoon.

3) Arrive in Ningbo on May. 4th or 5th. Shopping from May. 5th for 5-6 days in Ningbo market. Fly back to your country in 2nd week of May.

If you need us help you buy air ticket and book hotel in Ningbo, please feel free to contact us.

If you do not want to attend Canton fair, please come to Ningbo directly. >>How to go to Ningbo from my country?

Friendly reminder, flight and hotel cost will be double during Canton Fair time. Please come to Ningbo before Apirl. 7th or after May. 6th. 2015.

Any way, you can come to Ningbo any time except Chinese New Year holidays.

Updated by Oscar on 5th, Nov. 2014.