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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
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Phone Number: 13002146702

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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Excellent history of Jews in Shangai tour

We recently (June 2016) took Dvir Bar Gal tour. The tour was very informative and enjoyable. Dvir is very knowledgeable and passionate of the subject. It is interesting to see the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2016
Sydney, Australia

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

We recently (June 2016) took Dvir Bar Gal tour. The tour was very informative and enjoyable. Dvir is very knowledgeable and passionate of the subject. It is interesting to see the Jewish influence on Shanghai. I recommend this tour to anyone interested in history and the subject. Vivian and Gad

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

My husband Richard and I recently spent some time in Shanghai before departing on a cruise of Japan. Little did we know that our tour with Dvir Bar Gal (Jews of Shanghai) would be the highlight of our trip. Dvir took us through the history of the 3 waves of Jews who lived in Shanghai during a 4 1/2 hour... More 

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Mahwah, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

D'vir is an excellent, qualified and very interesting tour guide. We had a large group of about 20 people, not known to each other, and he was able to engage everyone. His personal history is very interesting and he comfortably shared that with us. His knowledge of both the history of the Jews in Shanghai as well as present Jewish... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Dvir is a riveting speaker about a compelling subject - Jewish Shanghai. His depth of knowledge, passion, and storytelling transports you back in time to the mid-1800's when wealthy Jews from Baghdad settled in Shanghai and made an impact on the city still felt today. It's when you walk around Huoshan Road and Chusan Road (with buildings looking as they... More 

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Thornhill, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

We did the tour with Anfisa who was lovely and informative. Dvir was very accommodating in arranging the tour and was really easy to work with by e-mail - even once we were in China. The tour provides a fascinating insight into the past as well as some interesting information about the present.

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Grantham, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

I co-led a group of college students to China and this was a highlight of our time in Shanghai. Dvir led an interactive and informative tour about the history of Jewish communities in Shanghai from the 1800s to the 1950s. He started by discussing the developmental history of the Bund and the role of Jewish developers in this city. He... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

Too often guides present historical facts as a dry sequence of events. Dvir presented information about the history of Shanghai from the mid 1800's to the present in a way that was gripping and engaging! This is one tour where the information will not float out of my brain when I get home! Although this is called "Jewish" tour I... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

This was by far one of the best Jewish Tours that we have ever experienced. Dvir was amazing! His presentation and his knowledge of the history of Jewish people in China was exceptional. We took his Shanghai tour on the last day of our trip to China and it truly was the Grand Finale.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

This was one of the most spectacular tours I've ever been on! Dvir, the tour guide, was exceptional! He was so knowledgable, charismatic and passionate about the past, present and future of Shanghai. Jewish OT not, you will it be disappointed! It was a truly amazing tour!

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Holmdel, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

Astounding, not-to-be-missed experience. I would have done a full day tour, had it been available. So many breath-taking moments. So many stories. And we only scratched the surface. Loved it!!

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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.