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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 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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Learned a ton! Very interesting!

We did the Jewish tour on one of the coldest days in Shanghai this winter and we still enjoyed and loved it. I am not Jewish but did a study abroad in Jerusalem and I have always... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Singapore, Singapore

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the Jewish tour on one of the coldest days in Shanghai this winter and we still enjoyed and loved it. I am not Jewish but did a study abroad in Jerusalem and I have always been interested in Judaism. I learned so much and found it so interesting to follow the journey of the refugees who came to... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On November 1, 2015 we were fortunate enough to spend the day with Dvir in Shanghai. We had a group from our cruise ship and most of us stayed for two tours. In the morning, we saw "Jewish Shanghai", and in the afternoon "Old and New Shanghai." Dvir was extremely knowledgeable and both tours were fascinating, and thoroughly enjoyable. Since... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

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 November 4, 2015

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.

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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.