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  • Location:Shanghai, China
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Small-Group Walking Tour of Shanghai's Jewish Ghetto

Delve deep into the heart of Shanghai’s Jewish history on this 2-hour tour of Shanghai’s Jewish Ghetto in the Hongkou District. On your guided walking tour, visit Huoshan Park, the Jewish Refugees Museum (Ohel Moishe Synagogue) and the site of the former Joint Distribution Committee. Then, visit a local neighborhood to get a glimpse into daily life in this historical area. Your guide’s knowledge and passion of the area’s history will ensure an enlightening experience that you won’t get by simply walking around Shanghai on your own.


  • Small-group walking tour of Shanghai's Jewish Ghetto
  • See hidden areas of the city through the eyes of a Shanghai local
  • Gain an understanding of the lives of Jewish refugees on a visit to the Jewish Refugees Museum (Ohel Moishe Synagogue)
  • Hear enlightening stories about Jewish history in Shanghai while walking past the Joint Distribution Committee and Huoshan Park
  • Visit a local neighborhood and discover daily life in the Jewish Ghetto
  • On a visit to Xiahai Temple, known as the fish man's temple in the past, discover the role a Buddhist temple plays within the Jewish Ghetto
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Walking Tour of Shanghai's Jewish Ghetto

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Enjoy a unique experience of one of Shanghai’s most historical sites, the Jewish Ghetto. With your guide, a Shanghai local with an intimate knowledge and relationship with city and people, walk along the winding streets of Shanghai's Jewish Ghetto in the Hongkou District to visit various buildings that served as a refuge for a large number of Jewish immigrants in World War 2.

Visit the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, the site of the former Ohel Moishe Synagogue, where the refugees once gathered for religious activities without fearing refusal or capture. Learn about how this sanctuary afforded these refugees a free and peaceful life during a time of chaos and fear. Afterwards, see the site of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which oversaw a large relief program for over 20,000 refugees to Shanghai. Then, walk through Huoshan Park to see the memorial tablet created in honor of these immigrants.

Make a visit to a local neighborhood to meet locals who have spent most of their life living in this area. With the help of your bilingual guide, talk with the local and learn about life in this area from someone who has lived through various events firsthand.

Throughout your tour, pass by local craft shops, small bird and fish markets and seafood restaurants to witness the lively yet modest way locals live here. Finally, visit Xiahai Temple, located in a remote location very few tourists visit, and learn about the role this Buddhist temple plays within the Jewish Ghetto.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was an excellent tour. The tour leader was very well informed about the history of Jewish settlement in Shanghai and the events which led up to that settlement. His knowledge was outstanding.
We were honoured to be invited to our leaders home where he showed us typical accommodation made available to Jewish people during the war years . We were also show a most interesting collection of pictures collected by our leader.
I recommend this tour to those who want to really understand the Jewish occupance of this small part of Shanghai in the war years and to experience how good the Chinese people were to them.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

We enjoyed seeing and hearing about the history!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The tour worked well. The guide was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

I brought a few friends and they were so glad they came!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Tour was first class! Zoe, the guide, was extremely knowledgeable, and went above and beyond to give details about the area, show us around, answer questions and make sure we had a fabulous experience. It exceeded my hopes for the couple of hours.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The guide was very knowledgable and friendly. A very interesting tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

We were delighted with our guide Annie, and if anyone wants a reference we cannot speak highly enough of her. Her English and enthusiasm were excellent and she even emailed us photos. Annie made this tour one of the highlights of our trip! Len and Deanna Levin.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Walking around the area of Hongkou is so interesting because of it's history in relation to Jewish refugees and because it gives you an insight into life in the suburbs in Shanghai today. Prior to meeting our tour guide, Annie, we had some time to spare so we wandered around the area a little by ourselves. The people of the area are friendly and didn't seem to mind us stopping and watching them go about their daily lives. When we met Annie, we knew we had hit the jackpot! Annie is everything you want in a tour guide. She was knowledgeable about the area and it's history, interested in us as her clients and willing to fit in with what things we were interested in seeing.

We loved the Jewish architecture of Hongkou, the beautiful park Annie took us to and the Jewish heritage Museum. Annie also took us to a temple and explained many aspects of the Buddhist faith while we were walking through it.
The professionalism of the company who runs the tour was also to be applauded. When i contacted their office in Shanghai the day before the tour, they forwarded to me by e-mail, detailed directions to get to the meeting place and even called Annie at the end of the tour to speak with us and find out our thoughts. I would highly recommend this tour. It demonstrates a side of Shanghai and it's people that I don't think many people are aware of.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

Annie was our guide for this tour. She gave us explicit directions as to where to meet her, She was prompt and provided a great tour of the area.Her english is excellent and the information helped us to see the ghetto, its history, different ethnic groups from Iraq, Iran, Russia and others who were provided asylum during very dark periods in history. She is very knowledgeable and took us not only to the complex which houses the Jewish history in Shanghai, but the old synagogoue and was even able to bring us into homes where they lived. I would highly recommend this tour! rj freeman, salem, ma

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

The tour guide - Annie - was terrific. She was very knowledgeable and her English was terrific. She also gave us an interesting tour around the neighborhood. We were even invited into someone's home, an elderly Chinese couple invited us into their room and spoke through Annie. It was a very unique experience!

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