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Default Planning a trip to china... what do you think?

I have been planning a trip to China for a while now, i am looking to set up a few exclusive lines which i have been planning for for a while. I have a partner in China who i ahve been trading with for around 6 years now, he said he will take me around and help me set something up with a few factories.

Now i was just wanting to know, have any of you been over before and how did you find the trip? Does the language barrier cause problems? Did you find it easy to find good suppliers with good prices over there? And have you got any tips fo going over? I was going to visit Guangzhou.

thanks in advance
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Just be on your toes, also read the forums on alibaba.com as you will find most of your answers there.
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My dad lives in Guangzhou now but I have never been to there. But, I think it should be fun. However, Taiwan is a great places to visit too if you consider a Aisa trip next time. Taiwan people are very friendly and have many interest places to go to
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You can attend guang zhou canton fair,there you can find a lot of factories.
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When is that fair teedon?
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canton is every spring and autumn, i am thinking of going to the next spring one, has anybody ever been to canton and what did you think of it
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canton fair is a good place to start.
really depends on what you do and to what scale. I found canton fair a bit more expensive than going to factory direct.
also if you are just doing a small business with a few boxes a week, maybe it is better to go to the market that specialised in your products rather than factories, that way you have access to hundreds and hundreds of factory stands(representatives)
if you tell me what products you are looking for , I might be able to tell you which city and what market you should focus on

again , Canton Fair is a good place to start if you want to have a general idea . it is absolutely huge
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When is the fair - autumn dates or spring dates? I am actually thinking of going on.
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The truth is that you probably won't get a better deal than through dealing with the providers on alibaba.com or others. Unless you know them personally well on an almost-friends basis, you're still getting the products overcharged. It may seem cheap to you, but it's still overcharged based on what it costs coming out of the factory.

For example, I can buy clothing for $5 a piece, and I know for a fact that it costs the factory $2.50 to manufacture it. While he sells them to me at $5 a piece, he sells it to others that walk into the factory for $18-$20, right in front of my nose, ..and the average eBay selling price for the item is at least $30.

The prices you see on alibaba.com are pretty much the same that you're going to get walking into the factories themselves. Why? Because you're a foreigner that doesn't have a clue (in their minds). And other Chinese sellers will also get it for $5 at the same factory. That may seem hard to hear but it's the truth.
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Are tickets reasonable?
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Better to speak Mandarin or Cantonese at the fair? Side interest of mine is languages - which I am fairly good at when I work at it - so am deciding on taking it up ha
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1. Exhibition Time
Phase One: October 15-19, 2010
Phase Three: Oct 31- Nov 4, 2010
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Better to speak Mandarin or Cantonese at the fair? Side interest of mine is languages - which I am fairly good at when I work at it - so am deciding on taking it up ha
You can speak english on the fair.Mostly the people can speak good english on the fair.
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i would also be interest in going and also knowing which markets are best with factory rep
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The language barrier is not an issue at all - all are fluent in English. My pieces of advice;
-Don't swipe your credit card anywhere - my Amex was hit over the limit to $10,000 in under an hour and they were still trying to run up charges when Amex called me to ask what was going on.
-Don't get conned or pressured into buying anything - they will climb Everest to make a sale for a dollar.
-No matter what they tell you - they are NOT genuine.
-Don't let Cindy give you a massage.
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I wish yo travel to china but i think nothing IS genuine in china madeland but hong kong IS diferents Where Are genuine factory mobile ,shoes,etc
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I prefer globalsources thanks alibaba
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cindys massage may be nice. nothing beats a a true factory rep and knowing exactly what you are looking for.
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I know a nice place where they serve excellent rice and noodles. Supreme.
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beautiful young rice noodles and service with a cume of sum young guy smile
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I have been planning a trip to China for a while now, i am looking to set up a few exclusive lines which i have been planning for for a while. I have a partner in China who i ahve been trading with for around 6 years now, he said he will take me around and help me set something up with a few factories.

Now i was just wanting to know, have any of you been over before and how did you find the trip? Does the language barrier cause problems? Did you find it easy to find good suppliers with good prices over there? And have you got any tips fo going over? I was going to visit Guangzhou.

thanks in advance
make sure you don't eat chicken or any kind of meat product. it's not real chicken! remember your in china lol, but if you do wanna eat chicken np.
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