Conducting China market research can be very challenging for foreign companies, due to the shortage of reliable information available in the English language.
From researching many topics for our articles, we have however found some websites which we go back to time and again, and decided it would be a good idea to share these with our readers.
If you are searching for specific information about a certain industry or a facet of Chinese society these sources may not be for you, but if you are looking for more "high level" data these China market research websites should be of use.
In no particular order, these are our top 6 English language websites for carrying out China market research:
Thanks to their tie-up with Chinese customs, this global trade data platform has impressive data available about the imports and exports made by Chinese companies - unfortunately though you need to subscribe to access this data and accounts aren't cheap.
Apart from the ubiquitous sourcing b2b platform alibaba.com, do you know any of the other Alibaba ecommerce platforms?
This article gives an overview of the Alibaba ecommerce platforms, most of which are aimed squarely at China's domestic market - notably the country's largest online marketplace Taobao.
Although many factory's have their own laboratories, few of these are independently certified so requesting testing by external testing body is a wise move in many circumstances.
These testing bodies should be accredited and you can make sure of this by requesting a copy of their China laboratory accreditation certificate.
Most large economies have systems in place for categorizing their companies, and China is no different.
The China Industry Classification system is widely used in the collection of official statistical data on companies and organizations throughout Mainland China.