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Tours of Jewish Shanghai
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Tour of Jewish Shanghai led by a Jewish History Expert
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Exploring the Former French Concession of Shanghai
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Owner description: 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. "
Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

I echo the sentiments expressed above! Dvir's Jewish Shanghai tour was fantastic! The history here is so interesting, and Dvir has unique insights, and an interesting style. He also has a very comprehensive view of the stories, which are obviously thoroughly researched.
The five hours flew by! We were sad to say goodbye to Dvir!

Visited June 2013
2 Thank Barbara C
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Italian first
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new jersey
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50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“A highlight of our trip to Shanghai”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

We've visited Shanghai before but never toured the old Jewish quarter. Dvir was very knowledgeable and shared interesting stories and facts about Jews who lived in Shanghai. He was very organized and is very passionate about Jewish history in Shanghai. He has devoted considerable time, energy and money to locating old Jewish tombstones from four Jewish cemeteries that have been destroyed. We highly recommend this tour.

Visited May 2013
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Fairfax, Virginia
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71 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Excellent tour, well worth the cost”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

This tour, led by Dvir Bar-Gal, provides a comprehensive look at the Jewish experience in Shanghai from the mid-19th century through the period just before the 1949 Chinese Revolution. Attractions include a walk to the Bund and discussion of the Jewish contribution to major landmarks nearby; a trip by van to the Hongkou neighborhood that Russian Jews settled and that became the Jewish ghetto during World War II; a tour of the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum; and a stop at the small home of a former guide at the museum, which gives an idea of the tight confines in which more than 20,000 refugees lived during 1943-45. During our tour Dvir spent nearly five hours with us, recounting stories of many individuals and explaining how Shanghai became a temporary home for more than 20,000 Jewish refugees. Dvir's knowledge is impressive, and his insights make this tour an outstanding experience, well worth the 400 RMB price per person during May 2013.

Visited May 2013
Thank cluelessSingapore
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great insight to Jewish Shanghai”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

Dvir is a great tour guide providing insight into the Jewish history of Shanghai. His passion in this area is obvious as he transfers his knowledge to those on the tour. A must for those interested in both Jewish & Shanghai history.

Visited April 2013
Thank min_8
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60 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Very informative tour”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

I undertook the tour with my husband in October 2012 at the end of an organised tour when we remained in Shanghai for an additional four days.

Dvir Bar-Gal is very knowledgeable and was able to provide an overall history of the Jews in Shanghai as well as a general history of China and Shanghai.

Even though there is very little evidence of Jewish life remaining, what does exist Dvir managed to make it come alive and meaningful.

Though not cheap, I felt the experience well worth the cost and effort. I do recommend this tour if you have any Jewish connection or interest.

Visited October 2012
5 Thank Susan R
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