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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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DO NOT MISS THIS AMAZING TOUR

I was told it was a fantastic tour before I booked it and it was far better than I had expected. He started off at the Peace Hotel telling us the history behind it and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I was told it was a fantastic tour before I booked it and it was far better than I had expected. He started off at the Peace Hotel telling us the history behind it and the families that built up Shanghai and then we went by mini bus to the area where the Jews lived. The history was totally amazing... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Dvir is a wonderful storyteller and an educated historian. This tour reminds me of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum tour but in China. I am THRILLED that we were able to secure spots for the tour as this was a highlight of our trip!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We worked hard to match our schedule to participate with Dvir in March 2015. Our tour of the Shanghai Ghetto went far beyond our expectations. This is HIS niche! He knows the history, the people, and has been inspired to do his own primary research . Our 4 1/2 hour tour flew by! We highly recommend Dvir. No one can... More 

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Danville, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

i just completed Dvir's riveting and entertaining almost 5 hour tour of the Jews of Shanghai. One of the best tour guides I have ever had, Dvir takes you back in time through stories, pictures and carefully articulated historical events so that you can see and appreciate the various sites we visited. He lives, breathes and has committed his life's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Divir made a masterful presentation to all of us as he lead us back in time to the 1940s, into the lives and histories of the Jewish families as they fled to safety in Shanghai. So many of the historical monuments remain standing and punctuated our tour with the reality of standing in the same spot where friends of ours... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Dvir Bar-Gal led us on a fascinating trip to an area that served as a port of last resort for refugees desperate to escape the Holocaust in Europe. While many other countries closed their borders, Shanghai remained open and the new refugees joined Jews from Russia and Baghdad who earlier arrived in Shanghai to escape pogroms and persecution. This little... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The story of Jews in Shanghai is moving, life-affirming and amazing. The tour presents this story through the lives of early Jewish residents, who helped build the City. But the story takes a powerful turn when it reaches the 1930s. We learn that through the intervention of a Japanese consulate official and a Chinese counterpart, 20,000 Jews escaped annihilation. The... More 

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LA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Dvir is absolutely one of the Best and most informative tour guides i have ever experienced. His knowledge and understanding of Jewish Shanghai history is very extensive. His personal stories and commitment to preserving lost Jewish graves is astounding. Not only is he a Journalist, his commentary is both built on wisdom and insight of the Chinese culture. His historical... More 

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Dublin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I lived in the Jewish Ghetto during the second world war. The Japanese forced all Jewish refugees who arrived in Shanghai to escape the nazis to move to a ghetto. Life was not easy, and the tour described vividly what life was like. We visited the old synagogue, museum and other sites with an excellent history of the Jews who... More 

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