China Travel Assistance

Expert Travel Planning for China Factory Tours

Traveling to China to tour and inspect factories is essential to building relationships with factory stakeholders, but visiting China is easier said than done. It requires extensive planning, and businesses new to China travel are surprised by the amount of time it takes to create a streamlined, effective travel plan. 

Fortunately, our clients enjoy the benefit of Kanary's premier travel assistance to China. We remove the hassle of planning, we make sure all appropriate documents are in place for hassle-free travel, and our clients will have a committed Kanary expert that is fully-bilingual in English and Mandarin.

Why Visit Your China Factory?

While our clients aren't required to visit their factory in China, Kanary encourages it, when possible. There's a lot of benefits to personally visiting a factory you've partnered with, like:

China Visa Registration

Kanary experts travel to China regularly, so we understand the ins and outs of China visa registration. Required documents include:

China Factory Tour Planning

It's common for businesses to partner with multiple factories, which makes planning a tour alone challenging. Kanary plans factory tours for our clients, from start to finish, so clients can see production and meet managers or owners without the headache of extensive planning and communication. 

Travel Accommodation Planning

In addition to planning factory tours, Kanary can plan all required accommodations to make your trip to China a success. This includes booking flights, trains, hotels, and any other accommodation that you may want or need during your stay. 

China Tour Example

Here's an example of how your trip to China can look.

China Travel Assistance Fees

Kanary's travel assistance fees are offered a la carte and at a flat fee. For example, if you only need help booking factory tours, but plan on booking accommodations and registering for a visa yourself, you will only be charged for the factory tours being booked. If you need the entire suite of travel assistance services we offer, we'll provide an upfront, flat fee before we begin booking. 

China Travel Assistance by Kanary

Traveling to China can feel intimidating, but Kanary makes it easy. Our team of experts can handle planning your entire trip, or we can focus on the parts of planning that you don't have the time or expertise to complete. Once you're in China, our fully-bilingual experts will guide you every step of the way, including through potential in-person negotiations with factory owners.
If you'd like to see how we can plan a China tour just for you, we'd love to hear from you. You can reach out to us through our online form, we'll take note of specifically what you want us to handle, and we'll get started on creating an itinerary for your travels. 

Words from our clients

I’ve been in this industry for a long time and I was surprised that Kanary was able to help find us machines for a 1/3 of the cost compared with US and European manufacturers. What I really enjoy with Kanary is that they constantly keep me in the loop and get back to me almost instantaneously. What’s also great is that they kept me in the loop with the shipping, customs clearance, delivery, and also arrange travels for engineers from the factory to install our equipment.  The quality has been outstanding and I’m in the process of building out a new facility with them.
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I’ve been in the construction industry for over 30 years. We’ve always bought from US distributors. I reached out to Kanary out of curiosity to see if we could find similar construction materials of high quality. I did not think they were going to make much progress and so I was shocked when they found the exact manufacturer that my distributors have been buying from within 2 weeks. They were able to make contact and have the factory send me samples within a week.  By connecting directly with the factory, we’re looking at savings of over 30%.
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We’ve done quite a few different packaging projects with Kanary in the past (Child-resistant packaging, glass jars, plastic bags, shipper boxes, etc.). We sent AI files to Kanary, who then worked directly with the factory's design team to make prototypes of the packaging. Our in-house designer is very particular about our designs and Kanary was really flexible and worked with us when our designers wanted to make changes in the packaging development process. They were able to manufacture different prototypes at different price points, which gave us options when making our final decision.
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China Travel Assistance FAQs

Do I have to travel to China in order to source products through Kanary?

No, you do not need to travel to China to tour a factory in order to source products through Kanary. Our experts are able to handle the entire sourcing process without you ever needing to visit China, and our sourcing services include:
  • Finding and vetting factories that are a good match for your business needs
  • Handling negotiations
  • Inspecting factories and monitoring quality control during production
If possible, we encourage clients to visit the factories themselves, since it can help with negotiations and help foster positive, long-lasting relationships with factory managers and owners. 

What if I only need help with part of my travel to China?

Kanary offers our China travel assistance as an a la carte service, meaning we'll take the reins of whatever part of traveling to China you don't want to handle. Maybe you only need help registering for a visa, or maybe you just need help booking tours at your partner factories. Regardless of how much of our China travel services you need, Kanary is happy to help.     

No one at my business speaks Mandarin. Does it make sense for me to travel to China to visit factories?

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I would love to visit a China factory, but I don't have time to plan travel. Can Kanary handle all aspects of travel planning on my behalf?

Yes! While our travel services are offered a la carte, Kanary can plan the entirety of your China trip. This includes:
  • Visa registration
  • Booking flights, hotels, trains, etc.
  • Scheduling factory tours
  • Anything else you may need to have a successful trip

How much does it cost for Kanary to plan travel to China for factory tours?

The cost of Kanary planning your China travel will depend on which services you need us to perform. We offer our services a la carte, and all travel-related services are offered at a flat rate. If you'd like to know the costs of specific travel services, we encourage you to contact us. 

Do I need more than a passport to travel to China for business purposes?

Yes. In addition to a passport, you'll need to register for a travel visa. For business travel, you'll need a Business M Visa, which requires multiple pieces of documentation to receive. You (and whomever may be traveling with you), will need to have this visa in order to perform factory tours in China. 

There are several other pieces of documentation you'll need as well, including a letter of invitation. Businesses traveling to China need to start preparing weeks in advance to make sure there aren't issues traveling.

If you prefer, Kanary can also handle the process of gathering and submitting required documentation for a Business M Visa for China, a letter of invitation, and all other documents on your behalf. 

If I see an issue in a factory I've partnered with during my tour, how do I address the issue?

Part of the benefit of personally visiting a factory is to show factory stakeholders you're a serious customer. In doing so, it's far more likely that issues or concerns you bring up will be addressed by the factory (or a comfortable middle ground can be met). 

If there's an aspect of the production you're dissatisfied with, let Kanary know, and we can work with you and the factory to find a resolution. Having a strong business relationship with factory managers and owners can make negotiating points like the following easier and more productive:
  • Creating better payment terms
  • Landing on better overall pricing
  • Improving production speed

My business is interested in our partnered supplier creating a new product for us. Is an in-person visit an appropriate time to discuss this with the factory?

Yes. If you want to develop a new product (or even customize an existing product that the factory makes), an in-person visit is the perfect time to have this discussion. As we've mentioned, visiting the factory yourself is a great way to show the factory stakeholders that you are focused and committed to establishing a real partnership with them. 

So, visiting the factory in person will show them that you're a serious client, and your desire to customize or create a new product will be taken far more seriously. That can open the door to better lead times, better pricing, and overall better cooperation from the factory. 

Of course, Kanary will still be at your side, guiding negotiations and facilitating communication, so you won't have to go through the process on your own. 

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