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Are you an importer or Amazon seller planning to visit Guangzhou, China? In this article, we explain everything you must know before your visit, and how to get there.
Guangzhou is China’s original export hub, and among the first to see a boom when China opened up in the 1980s. While some may say the capital of Guangdong province has been surpassed by Shenzhen in recent years, it still has a huge and highly diversified manufacturing base covering the following categories:
If your business is facing end-consumers, the No.1 Option is the New Asia market (see Picture1 above).
This market mainly covers a range of products:
For almost all products in this field, you can find suppliers in this market.
Unlike the famous electronic wholesale market HUA QIANG BEI in Shenzhen, Guangzhou market is more fit for foreign customers, most of the shops here are running their business mainly for exporting. You can easily find accessories for overseas popular brand models, especially for iPhone and Samsung.
In contrast, there are fewer Chinese domestic brand products to be found here. If you are looking for accessories for HUAWEI, XIAOMI, there are big chances that you can only get a quote without seeing a real product in the market.
As there are many types of phone models, the suppliers in the wholesale market are not asking for large MOQ for one phone model.
Take Glass Film as an example, the MOQ is usually one box of loose packing for one phone model, which is 20-25 pcs/box only.
Note: loose packing here means that the Glass Film is without retail color box packing, only one Glass film inside one transparent bag. In this market, you will see lots of products are supplied without retail packing, as it is easier for the customer to repack into their own brand package. If you do not mind selling the products with the shop keeper’s retail packing, you can ask them to quote with retail packing. But usually, the price does not include packaging costs.
And for protection back cover, the MOQ is 50 pcs, even if you cannot see the phone model right for your demand (like if I want to buy iPhone 4 case which is old and not shown in the shop), you can still ask for placing a particular order for it. But the MOQ may be increased to 100 pcs and you can get the products on the next day.
The low MOQ makes it very easy to collect more styles and enrich your product line.
However, if you want to take just 1-2 pcs as the sample, some shops may reply that they do not accept retail order, or they will charge 3-5 times of the wholesale price for buying the sample.
To make it easier for you to understand how to make a purchase in New Asia market, let’s take buying item Glass Film for HUAWEI mate20pro as an example, to guide you through a complete sourcing trip inside the market.
Step1. We buy a sample from one local retail shop, which we think quality is acceptable, and make it a standard sample for checking the market. (With a reference sample is much easier for you to get what you need, even if you cannot get 100% the same.)
Step2. We pick those shops displaying ONLY glass film and ask them if they have the model for mate20pro (you do not need to show your sample at the beginning)
Step3. Most of the shops we pick will bring out their sample, and start to ask some questions.
Please take note of the questions asked by the shop, they are the keys affecting the price of the product you select.
For example, the first shop asked us the below questions:
You can ask the shopkeepers what are the differences and gain good learning about the product.
Step4. When you discuss with the latter shops, you can directly tell your specific product requirements from the above lessons, and ask them to quote the bottom-line price. The shopkeeper will consider you as an experienced player of the market and will more likely to quote a better price.
On the opposite of the New Asia market, the NAN FANG building market and WEN-YUAN (文园电器交易市场) market, are the concentration area for electronic repair for mechanical watch and accessories.
If you want to find the Phone Screen, Electronic microscope, testing machine, etc., here is paradise.
Flying from your country to Guangzhou directly is pretty convenient and the fastest way to reach there as well. If you plan to do a round trip around China, flights are even cheaper considered that you’re only flying in between mainland.
Are you someone who would rather spend a dime on shopping than on travel expenses? Here are some alternative ways to get to Guangzhou from Hong Kong. Of course, you can also fly from Hong Kong International Airport to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, which won’t be as expensive as flying from your country.
Consider going to Guangzhou with the fastest way? You can take the high-speed trains from the Kowloon Train Station, which only takes 50 minutes to reach Guangzhou. Or you can also take the normal train at an even cheaper rate, which takes you 2 hours to arrive in Guangzhou.
To go from Hong Kong International Airport to Kowloon Station, simply take the Airport Express train, and you will arrive there in 20 minutes.
Another way to go to Guangzhou you can simply purchase a bus ticket at $250 that will take you from the Hong Kong International Airport to the Border Control at Shenzhen Bay. Remember that you will need to get off the bus with your personal belongings and luggages, follow local staffs to guide you to taking the correct bus to downtown Guangzhou.
Unlike the two Special Administrative Regions which are Hong Kong and Macau that has their own set of border control policies and also visa requirements. Most nationalities need to apply for visa to enter the People’s Republic of China.
Unless your countries are exempted from visa requirements, all visitors to all cities and provinces in China are required to enter with a valid visa.
If it is needed, please ensure to obtain one before going to Guangzhou. If not, you will be denied entry from the Chinese government.