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How to Plan a Trip to China from Greece


Planning a trip to China from Greece? If you are, what should you know and what do you need to do? Here we have made this useful China travel guide for Greeks, and it surely will give you much help in planning your own trip to China from Greece.

When to Visit China

Where to Go & What to See in China

How Many Days to Stay in China

Flight from Greece to China

Apply for Chinese Visa in Greece

Great China Tours

Feedbacks from Our Clients


When to Visit China

Wuzhen water town-plan a trip to China from Greece
(Wuzhen Water Town)

What is the best time to visit China? When should I go to China? Although China is pretty beautiful all year round, there are several time periods recommended to you to visit China.

The golden time to visit China: September and October.
Best time to visit China: April to October.
Best season to visit China: autumn.
Cold time to visit snow world in China: December, January, February.
Best time to experience Chinese culture: February(Spring Festival).

In fact, from December to March, China is in a cold time, and Greek travelers could see snowy world in the north of China, and climb snow mountains, and go to special cities to have city tours.

Generally speaking, most travelers tend to visit China at the time between April to October. Natural sceneries are great from April to October, suitable for outdoor activities like taking river cruise, going hiking, and climbing mountains.


Where to Go & What to See in China

Lhasa-plan a trip to China from Greece
(Potala Palace/ Lhasa)

Where to Go in China.  China has a vast land, and so many beautiful and interesting places for Greek travelers to visit. Among those places, you may ask: where should I go, and which places are worth visiting.

Top 10 tourist cities in China: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Lijiang, Lhasa.
Places most worth visiting in China: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guilin, Zhangjiajie.
Best places for city tours: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong.
Most beautiful places in China: Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Huangshan, Jiuzhaigou, Hangzhou.
Best places to see historical sites: Beijing, Xian,  Dunhuang, Luoyang, Datong, Pingyao.

What to see in China. Most travelers are interested in visiting places of history and culture, and places of natural sceneries. And here we list some of those great places for you, and places in popular tourist cities.

Mount Huashan--plan a trip to China from Greece
(Mount Huashan/ Xian)

Best places of history and culture: the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Terracotta Warriors, Mogao Grottoes, Shaolin Temple, Humble Administrator's Garden, Pingyao Ancient City.
Best places of natural sceneries: Jiuzhai Valley, Yangtze River, Li River, West Lake, Yellow Mountain, Mount Huashan, Qinghai Lake.
Cultural shows: Kong Fu Show, Acrobatics Show, Impression of Liu Sanjiu  Show, Impression West Lake Show.


How Many Days to Stay in China

humble administrator's garden-plan a trip to China from Greece
(Humble Administrator's Garden/ Suzhou)

For visiting China, how many days do you have? And how many days should you stay in China? China has so many great places for you to visit, and you could stay in China for over 1 month. But if you don't have 1 month, you could stay in China for 1 week, or 2 weeks.

If you only have 3-5 days, you could plan  a tour to Beijing(+ Tianjin), Shanghai(+Hangzhou, +Suzhou), Chengdu, Kunming, Guilin.

If you have 7-10 days, you could visit more places, like 3 places( Beijing-Xian-Shanghai), and 4 places(Beijing-Zhangjiajie-Huangshan-Shanghai).

If you have over 10 days, you could visit over 4 places, like Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Shanghai, and Beijing-Xian-Chengdu-Guilin-Shanghai. Usually speaking, most first-time-visitors spend 8-15 days in China visiting those most popular places which are cards of China, such as Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Lhasa.


Flight from Greece to China

From Athens to China, there are nonstop flights only from Athens to Beijing, available Monday, Wednesday, & Saturday. For connecting flights taking over 10 hours, they are available everyday, and they are cheaper in price than nonstop flights.

the bund--plan a trip to China from Greece
(The Bund/ Shanghai)

Basic information about flight Greece to China: 

Distance from Athens to Beijing: 7,612 km.
Flight type from Greece to China: nonstop flights and connecting flights.
Flight time from Greece to China: + 9 hours.
Major arrival cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong.
Major departure cities in Greece: Athens.

Flight from Athens to China

  Flight Type Flight Time Notes
Athens Beijing nonstop flights 9 h 15 min (14:15 Greece Time-04:30 China Time) available only on Monday, Wednesday, & Saturday)
Athens Shanghai connecting flights 14 h 45 min (14:50 Greece Time-10:35 China Time) transfer at Abu Dhabi


Apply for Chinese Visa in Greece

Chinese visa-plan a trip to China from Greece

Type of visa: tourist visa(L-visa).
Where to apply for Chinese Visa in Greece: China Visa Application Service Center.

How to apply for Chinese Visa in Greece:

  • Greek citizens shall complete visa application form and book an appointment on the website of China Visa Application Service Center, and submit materials to the office of China Visa Application Service Center in Athens.

Required Materials:

  • Printed confirmation sheet and form
  • Passport valid for more than 6 months
  • passport photocopy
  • Paper photos(33mm × 48mm)
  • Your China trip itinerary (both flight and hotel reservations) or invitation letter
Payment methods: cash, debit card.
Visa fee: 128.2 Euro for regular, 172 Euro for express, 165.4 Euro for postal service(single-way).

Office of China Visa Application Service Center Athens:

  • Address: Vrana 25,11525 Athens Greece.
  • Business Hours: Monday-Friday, closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.
  • 9:00 to 15:00 (submission of applications), 9:00 to 16:00(payment and collection).
  • Call: +30 2106711311
  • Fax: +30 2106711311
  • E-mail:athenscentre@visaforchina.org


Great China Tours

6 Days Beijing-Xian Group Tour

the Forbidden City-plan a trip to China from Greece
(The Forbidden City/ Beijing)

Destinations: Beijing, Xian.
Highlight attractions: Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Xian City Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Small Wild Goose Pagoda.

Top reasons:

  • Never miss Beijing and Xian while having a China tour. Beijing and Xian have those most famous attractions you have heard of or been recommended, like the Forbidden City, and Terracotta Warriors.
  • Xian and Beijing present you those highest achievements of ancient China in history, culture, and architecture.
  • Beijing gourmet and Xian gourmet are selling points of this two cities which are also foodie cities. Beijing Duck and Mutton Paomo in Xian are two must-eat dishes.
  • There are so many intersting things to do in Beijing and Xian:  cable & toboggan in the Great Wall, Kong fu show,  learning lesscons about Chinese tradtional handicrafts, etc.

11 Days China Wonders Experience Tour

Li River-plan a trip to China from Greece
(Li River/ Guilin)

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai.
Highlight attractions: Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Xian City Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Longji Rice Terrace, Li River, Shikumen, the Bund, Yuyuan Garden.

Top reasons:

  • Classic China tour, combining historical and cultural tour, countryside sightseeing and city tour together.
  • See the brilliant ancient China in Beijing and Xian, and they have surprisingly gorgeous historical and cultural sites.
  • Enjoy stunning natural sceneries in Guilin, like hiking in Longji to see the splendid rice terraces, taking cruise in Li River to see the grand picturesque landscape, etc.
  • Shanghai, a city you would like to visit at least once in your life time. Shanghai is a vibrant and fascinating city, offering you much to enjoy, like Shanghai Disneyland, Zhujiajiao Water Town, the Bund, Yuyuan Garden, etc.


Feedbacks from Our Clients

China Travel Feedbacks & Tour Reviews

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Feedbacks from Mr. Anthony Yamamoto

Chinese giant panda-plan a trip to China from Greece
(Chinese Giant Panda/ Chengdu)

Mr. Anthony Yamamoto, 8 pax from USA, together with Top China Travel, had a China tour to Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin and Shanghai. For this tour, he gave us feedback as the following:

"We had a fabulous trip.  It was very unforgettable, memorable journey.  We all enjoyed ourselves.  I will complete the evaluation for the group.  Thank you very much.  We appreciated everything that your agency did."

"Thus far, we have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  Everything has been very organized and playfully orchestrated.  The group members have said that our trip has been extremely memorable and unforgettable.  We will have lifetime experiences that will be treasured.  We would be very willing to write our testimony to our trip."

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