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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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Fascinating Story and Tour

This tour came highly recommended to me by a Chinese friend who lives in Shanghai. She had taken the tour and felt like it would be the best use of my very limited site-seeing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Hong Kong, China

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This tour came highly recommended to me by a Chinese friend who lives in Shanghai. She had taken the tour and felt like it would be the best use of my very limited site-seeing time in Shanghai. I was able to book at short notice through a combination of emails and phone calls. I am not Jewish, but I find... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

People talk about how Jews came to live in Shanghai and then all left some 70 years ago, before trickling back a few years ago. Life most migration stories, be it in China or elsewhere in Asia or even in Europe, there is always a rich history and tours relating to immigration are always fascinating. Perhaps none more fascinating than... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a free day while on business in Shanghai and Dvir fitted me in on a already complete tour. A fantastic experience! An amazing story told by a very competent story teller. The story that is so well personalized makes this the premier tour to go on if you are interested in general Shanghai history or specifically Jewish Shanghai... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are very few tours that exceed one's expectations, but this did. Dvir was very knowledgeable, as well as being interesting and entertaining. The tour is comprehensive and gives an excellent overview of the role of Jews in Shanghai. He went out of his way to make our experience excellent. Great tour, great value for money, and very informative. We... More 

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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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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.