French president kicks off visit

By Sun Shangwu/Ye Jun/ (China Daily)
Updated: 2006-10-26 06:30

Busy schedule

Thursday: Apart from meeting Chinese leaders, Chirac will deliver a speech at Peking University in the afternoon and meet a group of young Chinese and French scientists.

Friday: Chirac and his entourage will arrive in Wuhan, capital of Central China's Hubei Province, to lay the foundation for the China-Franco Centre for Liver Transplant at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University and for the second plant of Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile Company Ltd, a leading China-Franco joint venture in China.

Saturday: Chirac, whose knowledge of Chinese history has become a legend among many Chinese, will fly to Xi'an to visit the Hanyangling Museum, where countless pottery figurines dating back more than 2,000 years are now preserved. He will also visit the Shaanxi History Museum to see precious relics from 13 feudal dynasties which made Xi'an their capital in ancient times.