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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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Description: Shanghai's Jewish legacy and experience. A half day eye-opening tour of an...
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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Dvir showed us around Shanghai

This is a must tour for anyone who cares about Jewish Heritage. We read up on the Jews of Shanghai but nothing could have prepared us for the amount of history that Dvir... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This is a must tour for anyone who cares about Jewish Heritage. We read up on the Jews of Shanghai but nothing could have prepared us for the amount of history that Dvir supplied. It was half a day tour and wear good walking shoes (not a lot of walking but it is better because of the construction in the... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This was one of the best tours my husband and I have ever taken. Dvir is a fount of information and passionate about Jewish life in Shanghai, past, present, and future. We were on an organized tour of China but chose to leave the rest of the group and take Dvir's tour instead. What an incredible morning! If you are... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We spent a morning touring Jewish Shanghai with Dvir Bal-Gal and wish it could have been several days. First, Dvir is incredibly knowledgeable about all Shanghai. The amount of history we learned just in that one morning was amazing, but not overwhelming. Dvir presents the information in a way that is interesting, like reading a book, and not like you... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The amazing Dvir took our group of 9 back through the Jewish history of persecution in Russia and before and during WW11 and the flight of the fortunate few thousand Jews from Europe, via Russia to the free port of Shanghai. Here they were housed , large families in tiny, dingy apartments in a small section of the city. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I took Dvir's tour of Jewish Shanghai at the beginning of a 10 day stay in the city, and it haunted me the entire time I was there. A dear colleague of mine (now deceased) had told me the story of how his family escaped the Holocaust by moving to Shanghai, and how he grew up in the city as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I had limited time to tour Shanghai during a business trip there, but had heard good things about these tours. I contacted Dvir (the owner and main tour guide), and offered to pay for an individual 3-hour tour that would fit into my schedule. It worked out perfectly; Yael (an associate of Dvir's) met me at the Peace Hotel, from... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Dvir gave most informative, well organised, enjoyable tours. We learnt a great amount and highly recommend them.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Divir Bar-Gal is an expert on the architecture and Jewish history of Shanghai. His passion for the city, knowledge of the Jewish history of China, sense of humor and storytelling is unparalleled and made it 2 of the best days of our trip! His current project of recovering tombstones for a memorial is also incredibly heartfelt commendable!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Our family loved the tour by Dvir so much, it was one of our favorite parts of our trip to Shanghai this time. His passion and skills to narrate the story of the Jewish population of Shanghai can not be any better. The hours flew by and left a huge impression on our teenagers as well. I highly recommend this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I really learned a lot on this tour. Dvir's passion for the topic is visible. He also did a very good job explaining historical context of the time. Since a lot of history has been destroyed people should manage their expectations of what they can see. Museum is very small but nicely done.

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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.