What is the difference between Yiwu Market and Canton Fair?

Yiwu Market, i.e. China Yiwu 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.

Yiwu Market and Canton Fair Differences:

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

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

3) Canton Fair just opens for a few days in April and October every year. Yiwu 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. Yiwu 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. Yiwu 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 Yiwu.

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

7) The price in Yiwu 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 Yiwu market.

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

If you have time, you can first attend Canton Fair, then fly from Guangzhou to Yiwu and visit Yiwu market. We want to say, more and more customers come to Yiwu 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, Yiwu Market, opens every day.

Venue: China Yiwu 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 Yiwu 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 Yiwu. Order from Yiwu market:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Updated by Oscar on 5th, Nov. 2014.