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Tours of Jewish Shanghai

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Address: Shang-Mira Garden Villa #1, 89 South Shui Cheng Lu, Shanghai, China
Phone Number: 13002146702
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Shanghai's Jewish legacy and experience. A half day eye-opening tour of...

Shanghai's Jewish legacy and experience. A half day eye-opening tour of an extraordinary story guided since 2002 by Israeli Journalist Dvir Bar-Gal. From the media: "Bar-Gal, rich with knowledge and full of humor, takes his visitors along on a mesmerizing journey into an amazing, sweet and sour world. A world where opium dealers, old world colonialists, real estate moguls, hard working poor Chinese migrants and Jewish holocaust survivors mix. "

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Perfect way to learn about the rich history of Shanghai Jews

Our group of 12 from Brazil, Miami, Atlanta, London and Israel were kept entertained and informed for 4.5 hours by Dvir. He didn't just lecture but drew us into the stories and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Atlanta, Georgia
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Italian first
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Atlanta, Georgia
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our group of 12 from Brazil, Miami, Atlanta, London and Israel were kept entertained and informed for 4.5 hours by Dvir. He didn't just lecture but drew us into the stories and kept it lively by awarding points for correct answers. He fed us information and warm nuts as we strolled through narrow lanes, a museum, a tiny house and... More 

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26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We did this tour summer of 2014. It was excellent, very informative and educational. It's true that much of the Jewish architecture has been demolished, but some of it still stands and there is interesting history. Dvir is very knowledgeable and personable.

Thank jayrob1
Atlanta, Georgia
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25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

And very well told! D'vir kept us engaged for five hours as we sat and listened to his stories of the three waves of Jewish life in Shanghai, walked through the Shanghai ghetto, and toured the Ohel Moishe Synagogue and Jewish museum. We've been telling all our friends about what we did, where we went, and all that we learned.... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Jewish history of Shanghai is vividly brought to life by Davir. He lives & breathes this history & intensely communicates it in his extremely organized fashion. Through his successful personal efforts to locate & resurrect Jewish gravestones that have vanished he is becoming part of this history. A better guide you'll not find! ....Taking you through the Hongkou Jewish... More 

Chesterfield, Missouri
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dvir's tour of Jewish Shanghai was very enlightening and thoroughly enjoyable!! Your command of the history of Jewish Shanghai is exceptional. As descendants of Ukrainian and Polish Jewry we had no real knowledge of the Jewish history of Shanghai with the single exception of European Jewry finding refuge here during the second World War. The history of these Shanghai Jews... More 

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91 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow! This was a truly fantastic experience. Dvir's knowledge and ability to tell a story (using his edgy cynical wit) make you feel like you're transplanted into a historical travel documentary. You could almost just sit and listen to him, but seeing the Jewish impact on the City, walking through the ghetto area and the Refugee Museum really step you... More 

Thank AussieRhino
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It has all been said by other reviewers. We found Dvir through TripAdvisor and he could not have been more helpful with the booking. We had booked him for a whole day and he kept us enthralled throughout. He also had his own minibus and driver available the whole day to take us to to different areas of the city.... More 

Thank DT1947
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dvir is an extremely interesting historian and a very professional guide. We learned so much about 20th century history and Jewish settlement in Shanghai. You don't have to be Jewish to find the tour fascinating.

Thank Robin S
Toronto, Canada
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49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There been other reviews of Dvir's tour. Suffice it to say that the tour itself is outstanding. Above and beyond that, the work that Dvir is doing in Shanghai with regard to the collection and preservation and hopefully one day finding the right location for the memorial markers, headstones, of Jewish residents from Shanghai is very important work. His partially... More 

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New York City, New York
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29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a rich Jewish history about the Jews that had lived in Shanghai that needs to be told. D'vir has created an informative tour that answers that need for both Jews and non-Jews. This was a major highlight for my tour of China. This is not information that was included in my group tour of China. D'vir gave an... More 

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Staying in Gubei / Hongqiao / Minhang

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Gubei / Hongqiao / Minhang
West of Shanghai’s better-known business, cultural and entertainment centers, lies an expansive area of residential neighborhoods peppered with lifestyle pockets that have their own unique attractions. The schools have formed pockets of international communities throughout Gubei, Hongqiao and Minhang. Quite a few entertainment and shopping centers have built up over the years to cater to these communities. While living here means you are relatively far away from Shanghai’s usual hot spots, the large parks, spacious homes and proximity to great Japanese and Korean food keep the neighborhoods popular.