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Tours of Jewish Shanghai

Shang-Mira Garden Villa #1, 89 South Shui Cheng Lu, Shanghai, China
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Ranked #15 of 120 Activities in Shanghai
Type: Historic Walking Areas
Owner description: 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.... more » Owner description: 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. " « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

I was fortunate to learn about this tour while in Shanghai for business. This tour tells the amazing story of the Jews of Shanghai - consisting of three different groups of people, each of which has its own fascinating and important story that should not be forgotten. The guide is knowledgeable and engaging, and has a great sense of humor.... More

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Longmeadow, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

It was fascinating to learn how many Jewish families escaped from the Nazis and survived/thrived in Shanghai during the Second World War.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014 via mobile

If you are traveling to Shanghai, don't miss it. We were a group of 10 people. We were amazed by the knowledge we received. It was not only about the Jewish history of Shanghai, which is astounding. I felt we received a complete history of this fascinating city. I don't think there is any other tour that can compare with... More

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Randolph, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This is my 3 rd trip to Shanghai, and I am so glad I went on this tour. Shanghai, and china in general is all about building the new, and has no sentimentality for the old. Only 1 synagogue still exists, and the Jewish past is almost erased. Dive bar-gal, and Israeli photo journalist had made remembering this past his... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

These tours were the highlights of our trip. Dvir Bar-Gal our tour guide has amazing knowledge of the history of the Jews in Shanghai. A fascinating half day tour took us from the good times and the not so good times of the Jews in Shanghai. Everyone should experience the stories of the people whose lives were saved because a... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This was one of the most informative, entertaining and interesting tours I have been on. I loved it. The tour guide, Israeli Dvir Bar-Elan, has studied the history of the Shanghai jews thoroughly and tells its stories in a passionate way. He looks at the history from different perspectives (both Chinese and Jewish, socio-economic, historic) and interlaces it with moving... More

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Key West, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

It blew us away, that so many refugees hid out in Shanghai, The area was really moving as was the temple.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Although I do not follow the religion, I found this tour very rewarding personally. Dvir has obviously done a lot of research into the settlement of Jewish folk in Shanghai from the mid 19th century up until 1949 and was able to communicate it in a most enjoyable and entertaining manner. The 270 minute tour which included a visit to... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This is an outstanding tour of Jewish Shanghai but also of the history and development of Shanghai. Having lived in the city for more than one year I was amazed at what I did not know!! Dvir has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the history of Shanghai and beyond and is a natural story teller. Very inclusive and warm. I would... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The most interesting tour of our visit. Dvir related the whole Jewish history and took us too the museum, the ghetto and to watch a video of his project, We were most impressed!

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