Departure from Greece to China
Arrival to Shanghai airport.
17:30 Check-in to the hotel. Name of the Hotel: Magnificent Int'l Plaza Hotel.
18:30 Dinner in the local restaurant.
19:30 Shanghai city tour by night: visit to the bund and Huang Pu river cruise (about 1 hour)
22:00 return back to the hotel. Finish for bus.
09:00 Breakfast in the hotel
10:00 Visit to the Temple of Buda from Nifertiti(Jade Buddha Temple)
11:00 Visit Yu garden and local market, city god temple. Shopping in Huai Hai Lu region. (If time permits you will visit the Huang pu Park)
13:00 lunch in the local restaurant
14:00 the group 1/3 the people will go to visit Shanghai Museum., other people visit the Xian Tian Di Area.
15:00 one tourist coach with the people will departure from the Shanghai Museum and visit the Xian Tian Di Area.
17:30 the three tourist coaches will start for Shanghai city tour without visit to Pudding New Area, Oriental Pearl TV Tower (only speciation from the opposite side of the Huang Pu river).
18:30 Dinner in the local restaurant
19:30-21:10 Watch the Acrobatic Show
21:30-22:00 after show, transfer to the hotel for rest.(if some of you want to enjoy the night life of Shanghai, the tourist coach may take you to Huai Hai Road for relaxation)
08:00 breakfast in the hotel in Shanghai
09:00 departure from the hotel for Suzhou
10:30 arrival to Suzhou. Visit to the Tiger Hill
12:00 Visit to the silk factory
13:30 Lunch in the local restaurant
14:30 visit to the Humble Administrator’s Garden and Lion Grove
17:00 start back to Shanghai
18:30 arrival to Shanghai
19:00-20:30 dinner in the local restaurant in Shanghai
20:30 Visit Nan Jing Road, take off the tourist coach at Nanjing Road. Bus is free till 22:30.
22:30 the tourist coach will pick you at Nanjing Road and transfer you back to the hotel. Finish for bus. Time at leisure.
08:00 breakfast in the hotel
09:00 drive to Xi Tang & take a boat ride in Xi Tang around the water town to enjoy the picturesque scenery.
12:30 lunch in the local restaurant in Xi Tang
14:00 drive to Hangzhou--The cradle of the Chinese Civilization with a history of 2200 years; regarded as "Paradise on the Earth" for its scenic beauty; also the provincial capital of Zhejiang
15:45 visit the tea culture village and enjoy one cup of dragon well tea.
17:00 one hour boat tour in the West lake、Then to Huagang Park.，if you are interested you may take a boat ride on the West Lake
20:30 Dinner in the local restaurant
22:00 check into the Hangzhou City garden hotel. Time at leisure Finish for bus.
Day 6 07:00 breakfast in the hotel in Hangzhou
08:30 transfer to the airport. Departure for Xian (flight MU2266 1055-1255)
12:55 arrival at Xian Yang Airport, the guide will meet you there and your coach will transfer you to the Xi’an Empress hotel
14:30 after the check-in, visit to the Pagoda of the Wild Goose and the Square of Pagoda of the Wild Goose.
18:30 transfer back to the hotel for rest.
20:00 Dinner in the local restaurant，Finish for bus.
09:00 breakfast in the hotel
10:00 Visit to the Xian Museum of Soldiers. The area of this museum is 50.000,00 sq.meters where are placed 1000 stone soldiers. Visit to the maintenance workshop of the museum. The terracotta Army was created by the Emperor Kin Si Ouan, who made then Xian to become the capital of China. The Army was found in 1974 (i.e. about 2200 years it was under the earth). It was found by the local farmers. Around 8000 stone soldiers and thousands of other objects were found. Every soldier has a different face and shows the social layers of that period. The height of the soldiers is 1.8 –1.95 m. The Teracota Army and the Great Wall are considered to be the 8th wonder and belong to the UNESCO.
14:00 Lunch in the local restaurant
15:00 visit the Confucius Museum. His books he wrote were burned in 221 B.C.
16:00–18:00 Xian city tour by the tourist coach to the famous Bell, City Wall. Visit to the Islamic part of Xian, walking in the Arabic Market with the Chinese Traditions.
20:30 Dinner in the local restaurant。
21:30 transfer to hotel. Finish for bus. Time at leisure.
06:00: breakfast package in the hotel.
Departure from hotel for the airport by the tourist coach. Flight for Beijing.
(MU2123 08:15 - 09:55)
09:55 Arrival to Beijing.. Beijing is called the Earth of Heaven and has the area of 17.000 sq.km, and population of 15.000.000 people and its culture is more than 4000 years old.
11:00 transfer by the coach to the Dafang hotel
14:30- 16:00 lunch in the local restaurant.
16:30-19:00 Visit Temple of Heaven, which was built in 1420 A.D. during the Ming Dynasty for emperors to offer sacrifice to Heaven. Learning the Chinese Medicine.
20:00 transfer to the hotel. Finish for bus. Dinner in the local restaurant. Time at leisure.
08:00 breakfast in the hotel
09:00 departure from hotel to visit the Great Wall.
12:00 visit to the Jade Factory
13:00 Lunch in the local restaurant
14:00 visit to the Ming Tombs.
19:30 dinner with the “Beijing Duck” in the Restaurant Hepingmen Roast Duck in Qianmen Dajie.
21:00 after dinner your tourist coach bring you to the down-town of Beijing. Take off the tourist coach and walking along the narrow streets of the down-town of Beijing. Bus free for 1.5 hours.
22:30 transfer by the tourist coach back to the hotel. Finish for bus.
08:00 breakfast in the hotel
09:30-11:00 One bus with 40-50 pax. Visit the Beijing University / or Museum. Visit to the Department of Archaeology and to the Workshop of Preservation. Another tourist coach with the rest of people will go to the Liu li Chang( Colorful Glazed factory) to learn the ancient Chinese culture.
11:30 –12:30 take the coach back to the downtown
12:30-14:00 lunch in the local restaurant.
14:00-16:30 departure by coach to the Tian An Men Square, the largest square in the world. visit to the famous Forbidden city. It was the imperial palace during Ming and Qing dynasties. Now known as the Palace Museum, rectangular in shape, it is the world's largest palace complex and covers 74 hectares, surrounded by a six meter deep moat and a ten meter high wall. There are altogether 9,999 buildings.
16:30-17:30 enjoy Hutong Tour by tricycle with family visit to experience the local life.
17:30-18:30 dinner in the local restaurant
19:30-20:50 Visit to the Beijing Gongfu Show
21:30 transfer back to the hotel. Finish for bus 22:15.
09:00 breakfast in the hotel and pick up the luggage
10:00 visit to the Summer Palace, the imperial park of Qing dynasty, the largest imperial garden in the world. It is a veritable museum of the classical Chinese garden architecture. The initial construction of the Summer Palace began in 1750, commissioned by Emperor Qinglong as a gift for his mother's birthday. Visit to the Earth Calmness (Earth Calm), Garden of Concord with a stone boat in it.
11:45-12:30 visit to the Pearl Factory
12:30-13:30 Lunch in the local restaurant
14:00 visit to the Beijing market. Shopping in the Ya Bao Lu Market, SiuSue Jie.
18:30 Dinner in the hotel.
20:00 transfer by the coach to the air-port of Beijing. Finish for bus.
23:00 flight from Beijing. Departure for Greece.
Day 12Arrival to Greece. End of the itinerary.
城市及景点介绍the brief introduction of city and sightseeing
Shanghai is the " Oriental Paris " and "Pearl of China". As the largest and most prosperous city in the nation, Shanghai is the economic, financial and cultural center.
Pudong：The area that has changed most dramatically in the city in recent years is the eastern bank of the Huangpu River, and the district known as Pudong. Only ten years old this year, Pudong symbolizes everything that is new and exciting about Shanghai
Yu Garden：a classical garden in downtown Shanghai, boasts a history over 400 years. Each pavilion, hall, stone and stream in the garden is expressing the quintessence of South China landscape design from Ming and Qing Dynasty. Over forty spots, divided by dragon walls, wound corridors and beautiful flowers, form an unique picture featuring “one step, one beauty; every step, every beauty.”
It's reputed to be the most beautiful garden south of the Yangtze River. Built beside the Temple of the City God and covering only fives acres, it follows the Suzhou garden design of a world in microcosm, with 30 pavilions linked by corridors, artificial hills, bridges over lotus pools, groves of bamboo and walls occupied by stone dragons. The surrounding bazaar is packed with traditional and modern shops, restaurants and temples.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower：The Oriental Pearl Radio and Television Tower stands in Pudong Park in the new and developing Lujiazui district on the banks of the Huangpu River. The tower was once the highest building in the city but now, although it's spire reaches higher than the Jinmao Building, it pales in insignificance compared to its mammoth neighbor。
图3：东方明珠广播电视塔(Oriental Pearl TV Tower)
Nanjing Road （南京路）：Nanjing Road was the first commercial road in Shanghai. In the early 20th century, there were only four department stores along this stretch。
the Bund：The symbol of old and new Shanghai, the Bund (officially known as Zhongshan Road) is Shanghai's most famous landmark. The 'Bund' comes from an Anglo Indian term meaning the muddy embankment on the waterfront, and it is the Huangpu River which helps to create the colonial feel here and provides a feeling of space and openness. Being four kilometers long, the Bund has long been one of the most important areas in Shanghai. In the 1930s, the row of buildings was host to the city's financial and commercial centers and the world's greatest banks and trading empires established a base here.
Shanghai Museum：The Shanghai Museum was originally housed within the City Library on Nanjing Road until 1995. This spectacular building is now the centerpiece of People's Square. The Museum is a harmonious combination of square shapes and circular ones, epitomizing the Chinese traditional concept which imagines heaven as round and earth as square. The design is also in keeping with Feng Shui principles and this perfectly symmetrical building is said to resemble a large Chinese cooking pot with two handles protruding from either side. In the evenings, smoke bellows out of the vents in the building, making the museum literally appear to be simmering away in the center of the city.
Jade Buddha Temple：The Jade Buddha Temple (Yufo Si) was built during the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty (A.D. 1875-1909) and burned down in the early 20th century. In 1918, Jade Buddha Temple was rebuilt on Anyuan Road.
图7：玉佛禅寺(Jade Buddha Temple)
The Old City God's Temple：Old City God's Temple (Laochenghuangmiao)is a major yet relatively inactive, Taoist temple in Shanghai. It is located in the area south of Yan'an Road on the Fangbang Zhong Road.
图8：城隍庙(The Old City God's Temple)
Suzhou has been praised as a "paradise on earth" since ancient times. It is a delicate city with classical and traditional Chinese style and designs.
Tiger Hill Park：It is simply one of Suzhou's greatest attractions! Within the park walls, there are lots of great sights, filled with history and legend. All in all, this is great place for a picnic and exploring.
Tiger Hill (Huqiu) is the final resting place of the ruler of ancient Suzhou, He Lu. The area was named Tiger Hill as people believe a tiger has been seen lying on He Lu's tomb. One of Tiger Hill's most famous spots is Sword Pond (Jianchi). He Lu was a famous warrior and sword collector and the Sword Pond is said to hold He Lu's treasured swords in its watery depths.
Tiger Hill also houses the Yunyan Pagoda that has been leaning since before the Qing Dynasty. Today this 1000-year-old (from the Sui Dynasty) pagoda has become a symbol of Suzhou.
图9：虎丘(Tiger Hill Park)
Lion Grove (Shizilin) ：May be Suzhou's best example of using a garden to evoke images in the mind. Taihu lake rock arrangements display leonine forms throughout the garden. Lion Grove contents the mind with discoveries around every corner as you use your imagination to appreciate the forms around you.
图10：狮子林(Lion Grove (Shizilin))
Zhuozheng Garden：Humble Administrator's Garden is the largest private garden located in northeast Suzhou. It was built as a retirement residence by an imperial inspector called Wang Xianchen in Ming Dynasty, and accordingly carried its name as Zhuo Zheng Yuan meaning "The humble life of a retired man." The garden consists of three parts: the central part which is properly called Zhuozheng Yuan, the eastern part once called Guitianyuanju (Dwelling Upon Return to the Countryside), and a western part formally called the Supplementary Garden.
西塘的廊棚以其独有的卓越风姿吸引中外游客。 水乡西塘在全国同列的古镇中颇具特色，以桥多、弄多、廊棚多而闻名于世。 镇区河港纵横，河桥密布。至1998年，全镇共建桥104座。
古老的历史，优美的风景，营造了古镇浓郁的 文化氛围。“九里湾头放棹行，绿杨红杏带啼莺”。西塘 ，这座古老的江南水乡小镇在今天重放异彩，正以载新的姿态，迎接四方宾客前来投资、旅游和观光。
Xitang： developed into a prosperous town during the Ming and Qing dynasty and became important for commerce and handicrafts. Many popular paintings and poems can be found here, showing picturesque sceneries, excellent architecture, friendly people and a rich culture.
It contains densely distributed rivers and lakes, and displays a magnificent illustration of natural sceneries and old buildings together. On the lake, you can hear songs from the fishermen’s floating boats.
Life here is leisurely and you can idle away a whole afternoon taking in the tranquil environment, watching the river scene, eating the town’s snacks and listening to old stories from the local residents. You can even enjoy some sightseeing while restfully drifting along the river.
Hangzhou was established as a major commercial city in China during the Sui Dynasty (581-618). In Southern Song Dynasty, it was one of the largest and finest cities in the world. Numerous philosophers, politicians, and men of letters, including some of the most celebrated poets in Chinese history such as Su Shi, Lu You, and Xin Qiji came to this little bit of paradise to live. Marco Polo claimed to have visited Hangzhou at this time, calling it Kinsai or Quinsay.
The famous West Lake：It is like a brilliant pearl embedded in the beautiful and fertile shores of the East China Sea near the mouth of the Hangzhou Bay. The lake covers an area of 5.6 square kilometers. The view of the West Lake is simply enchanting, which offers many attractions for tourists at home and abroad.
Dragon tea pleasure village：West Lake dragon tea is very famous at home and abroad and dragon village is the original place of dragon tea, now ,the village developed as tea pleasure village and standardized travel places. You could experience the wonderful village lifestyle and learn the culture of tea.
图14：龙坞茶休闲村（Dragon tea pleasure village）
Flower port: it is located in the western south of West Lake nearby the Sudi. The famous scenic of this are :red fish bowl、peony garden and peony kiosk.
XI'AN is a city with incredible history, as well as a prosperous modern city. As the capital city of Shanxi province, it holds a key position in the fertile plain between the high loess plateau of the north and the Qinling Mountains to the south.
The Terracotta Warriors（兵马俑）：Arguably one of China's most famous and popular tourist sites, the Terracotta Warriors (bingmayong) are among the top archaeological excavations of the 20th Century. The warriors have made Xian the biggest tourist destination today and the wealth in this city owes much to their discovery.
图16：兵马俑(The Terracotta Warriors)
Stele forest ： It has seven showrooms、eight corridors and eight stele kiosks. It also collected more than 2300 stele stones from Han dynasty to Qing dynast and now it exhibits more than 1000 stones. Among them many stones were made in Tang dynasty.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda：The Large Wild Goose Pagoda (dayanta) is located within the premises of the Temple of Great Maternal Grace (Dacien Si). This magnificent pagoda is four kilometers south of Xi'an and many regard it as a symbol of the city. The pagoda, built in 652 A.D, is a square pyramid and stands at 60 meters high and seven storeys tall.
图18：大雁塔(Big Wild Goose Pagoda)
The Bell Tower：The Bell Tower in Xi'an is situated in the very heart of the city and at the junction of four main roads. The original city Bell Tower was situated to the west of this site and the present construction was built in 1582 and restored in 1739.
图19：钟楼(The Bell Tower)
Xi'an City Walls：The Xi'an City Wall is not only the most complete city wall that has survived in China, but it's also one of the largest and most complete ancient military systems of defense in the world.
图20：西安城墙(Xi'an City Walls)
As the capital of modern China, Beijing is fast becoming a popular destination. As the center of 1000 years of imperial rule, Beijing was built to awe central power. The city's central axis of the city is 7.5 km long, cutting through Beijing in a line from north to south. On this central line, are Yongding Gate, Qianmen Gate and Tian'anmen (The Gate of Heavenly Peace).
The Temple of Heaven：It is located in southern Beijing. It is included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1998. With an area of 2.7 million square meters, it is the largest of its kind in the country. Built in 1420, the 18th year of the reign of Ming Emperor Yongle, the temple was where emperors went to worship heaven for good harvests.
The temple consists of two parts--the inner altar and outer altar. The main buildings are in the inner altar, on the north-south axis. At the southern end are the Imperial Vault of Heaven and the Circular Mound Altar. On the northern end is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and the Hall of Imperial Zenith. The structures at both ends are connected by a 360-meter-long walk. There is also the Hall of Abstinence inside the West Heavenly Gate in which the emperor fasted for three days and bathed before prayer.
图21：天坛（The Temple of Heaven）
The Great Wall (Changcheng)：Totaling more than 12,000 kilometers, is the image of China throughout the world. It is the only man made object visible from the moon, and as one of the Eight Wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China lives up to its reputation.
图22：长城（The Great Wall）
Ming Tombs：Located in northwest of Beijing, about 40 kilometers from the city center, it’s the burial site of 13 out of 17 emperors of Ming Dynasty.
Summer Palace,：a former royal garden with more than 200 years of history, with temples, lakes and walkways. The essence of Chinese classical gardens. It covers an area of 290,000 sq.m
The Forbidden City (Zijincheng)：（also known as the Imperial Palace (Gugong) and the Palace Museum) is the largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. The entrance to the Palace is through Tian'anmen gate. Once you reach Wumen (Meridian Gate) you enter the heart of the Complex and this is the place to buy your tickets.
After passing through Meridian gate, there is a huge Palace courtyard. Hereafter, the complex is divided into two sections: the Inner Court or the living quarters, and the working area also known as the Outer Court. The Palace courtyard contains the "stream of golden water" and five bridges, all decorated with carved torches, traditional symbols of masculinity. The Outer court is guarded by a row of lions protecting the Gate of Supreme Harmony.
图25：故宫（The Forbidden City）
Tian’an men Square： is the symbolic heart of the country. It abuts the Forbidden City in the north. The square has much for tourists to see. The Gate of Heavenly Peace. Great Hall of the People and the China National Museum. The flag-raising ceremony on Tian’an men Square is a special sight in Beijing.
图26：天安门广场（Tian’an men Square）
Hutong,：a famous scenic spots in Beijing, a great interest for foreigners.The Beijing Hutong(laneways and buildings) has been replaced by mordern housing. Jiao dao kou, Dongcheng District, is the best preserved area for many hutong. An example of fascinating Xie Jie lies off Di’an men Avenue, near the Drum Tower, called Yan dai (Pipe) Xie Jie.
Peking University：It was built in 1898 and at the beginning it was called Jingshi university. It is the best famous university at that time. After 1912, the school was renamed Beijing university. Peking University
Yabaolu market: with nearly 20 year’s development, the market became the most large clothes trade market. It included nearly 20 clothes malls. Among them TIANYA Mansion、JILI Mansion、YABAO Mansion、Big Dipper Mansion.
The new silk street market : it has three floors under the earth and five floors up the earth. The area is 28,000 square kilometers and contains thousands of booths. It keeps the original structure of the market and the character of the road. You could barging with the dealer and learn the Chinese language. After 5 PM is the best shopping time.
图30：新秀水街（New silk street）