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The Best Places to Manufacture in China

Aug 2, 2019 | General, Manufacturing in China

China is one of the most rapidly growing countries in the world and when it comes to manufacturing, it is the largest supplier in the world. It’s known for lower manufacturing costs, higher production capability and better expansion opportunities.

If you’re not familiar with China, deciding where to manufacture can be overwhelming. Not only do you need to factor in culture and best practice communication; you need to consider travel, quality of manufacturer, logistics, etc. All these things play a part in costs and ease of outsourcing, so you need to be sure you’re making the right decision.

There are six cities well known for manufacturing in China. They are currently the biggest areas in the country for manufacturing and, as a result, have the busiest ports, making logistics easier.


Here are the top six manufacturing cities in China:


  1. Shanghai
  2. Ningbo
  3. Guangzhou
  4. Shenzhen
  5. Tianjin
  6. Xiamen



Shanghai is located on China’s central coast and is considered the biggest city and global finance hub. It is also considered the most important economic, financial, trade and shipping location in China today.



Located close to Shanghai, Ningbo is slightly smaller but holds factories of various industries, including electrical machinery, telecom equipment manufacturing, etc.



Guangzhou is one of China’s most prominent urban cities. Located northwest of Hong Kong on the Pear River, the port city has plenty of factories throughout, manufacturing everything from sunglasses to automobile parts.



Shenzhen is known for being the modern metropolis that links China to Hong Kong. Besides that, it has become known worldwide for its electronics manufacturing.



Tianjin is the biggest city of northern China. Being in the middle of China’s modern mechanic and textile industries, it is a hub for industry in the country.



This is the home of the GHL Sourcing China offices. As the economic zone in China, Xiamen is the main choice for textile industries and stone trading. A large city, it encompasses two islands and sits across a strait from Taiwan.

Being port cities, all these locations are good for logistics, making shipping to the UK a smoother process.


Here at GHL Sourcing, we have spent a number of years working with and building efficient and effective working relationships with a range of manufacturers in China and can help you find the best factories and locations for your product-based business. Book a call here to find out how we can help you and your business.

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