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A Brief Overview of CIIE

Chinese International Import Exhibition (shortened to CIIE) is the import & export trade show that is already making waves in international commerce circles just after a single edition. The event is a major move on part of China to foster long-term economic relationships with other regions. The annual event has found a home base in Shanghai.

Shanghai is an unfamiliar territory to research for hotel accommodation, which is why GETA ltd exists – to help you land the most affordable hotels near CIIE, which is going to take place at the Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Center. Our service shaves off of your travel budget and ensures you have a short and effortless commute.

Why Your Visit Is Worth It

Business is the main driving force behind CIIE and it’s why you should establish yourself early in the community forming around this recent endeavor. Exhibitors look forward to long-term contract partnerships with sizeable merchants in China. The first edition was a success and the second one is shaping up to be an even bigger event:

  • 3600+ international enterprises participated;
  • 500+ new companies expected to attend;
  • 70+ companies that are among the Fortune 500;
  • 100,000+ square metres of exhibition space dedicated;
  • 150,000+ national and foreign purchasers;
  • 172 countries represented.

Industry Relevance

What’s fascinating about CIIE is the fact it’s an exhibition in the making – the very first edition is from 2018 and organizers already report they plan to increase the exhibition area and add further themed areas in its current lineup. We have to point out that the CIIE is a powerful economic and political move as the Chinese government is setting a firm course towards trade liberalization and economic globalization. This certainly strikes as a natural decision given that China already sits at a top position as the second largest economy and ranks as second largest importer and consumer in the world. Organizers have invited companies of all major industries to exhibit – the automotive, food and beverage, fashion and clothing, consumer electronics, medical technology and more.

Who Are You Going to Meet?

Because the CIIE is a national import & export expo there is a strong presence of Chinese national buyers looking to come into purchase agreements with major international companies known the world over. The event stimulates international commerce and to that end there are merchants of foreign origin in the mix from other Asian countries, Europe and the Americas. As far as the brands you can expect to see exhibit, the list is extensive and features names like Nestle, Danone, Porsche, Unilever, Volkswagen Group, General Motors, Walmart, Deloitte, British Airways, Intel Audi, Lamborghini, Sony, Bentley, Google Benetone, Tet-a-Tete and FUJI to name a few. These names command authority and only give further trust and reputability behind CIIE.

Past editions

CIIE 2021

05.11.2021 - 10.11.2021



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Attending government representatives, envoys, CEOS and scholars






Attending press representatives

How to get to CIIE

On Foot

On Foot

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport – not advisable

Hongqiao Railway Station – not advisable


By Car

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport – 14 mins via Yinggang East Road

Hongqiao Railway Station – 10 mins via Yinggang East Road


By Public Transport

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport – not available

Hongqiao Railway Station – not available

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