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Posted by matt_c March 2, 2009 in the Group General Discussion .

Tags: Canton Fair, 广交会, Trade, business, Guide,

The Guangzhou Trade Fair aka Canton Fair (广交会 guǎngjiāohuì) is coming up in mid April. The Canton Fair is the largest trade fair in China and runs from April 15th-May6th.
Having previously been involved in both trade and trade related interpreting activities, I'm aware of a need for linguistic and cultural information to assist attendees in their trade forays to China. I'm proposing to put together a Canton Fair survival pack, in order to help out big/small business operators coming to China for the fair to source new suppliers.

I feel that such a package would have to cover a range of topics and situations ranging from survival Chinese for taxis, subway, ordering food etc, to trade related language like 'minimum order quantity' and 'lead time'. A heavy focus the newbie level, but a drift toward the intermediate level for some essential phrases such as the aforementioned. I'm envisioning a selection of trade and survival related lesson sets. Some extra vocab that aren't found in the lessons combined with relevant expansion sentences for contextual adaption. Links to maps of Guangzhou, even business tips for how to deal with suppliers, and a range of sourcing and travel booking links would also be good.

As for the presentation I need to keep it as simple and accessible as possible for a variety of reasons. I'd really appreciate your feedback and suggestions on how we can make this as useful and accessible as possible. Please leave your feedback in the comments below. Thank you.

Matt Coleman
ChinesePod Product Manager.


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