We found about about a piece of history that we never knew about. The Japanese ambassador to Austria saved the lives of thousands of Jews by giving them visas to Shanghai. I know that there were Jews in Shanghai in the 1800's but this tour did not cover such. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and spoke and understood English very well.
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.
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.
The guide was very knowledgable and friendly. A very interesting tour.
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.
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.
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
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!
Who knew this history existed., Very interesting tour and out guide was very interesting. The advantage of the tour is that the guide takes your around the neighborhood so you get a good sense of what life was like in this interesting slice of history.
Very informative and great fun! I love Jenny who knows so much about Shanghai!
The guide went above and beyond in making this trip very informative, interesting and a great use of our time.
One of the best guides we have ever had across the globe.
She really knew her subject .
Very educational and moving. The guide was very good. Again, the issue of not being able to communicate in advance to know when and where to meet was a problem.
Joan H USA
Pretty much covered all of the important aspects of Jewish life in Shanghai. Besides the synagogue and its displays, we also got to see the interior of a building where the Jewish population lived, walked the streets and alleys, and we were given a good overview of Jewish life by our guide.
Unfortunately it rained all day but that didn't stop us from enjoying the tour and the commentary by Zoe. I will recommend the tour to future visitors.
The guide, although a very sweet girl, didn't know very much about the Jewish history so much of it was self guided. She then insisted on taking us to a Bhuddist temple even though our interest for that day was of the Jews of Shanghai.
Reasonable experience but be aware that it is given by a chinese local rather than a jewish expat as some of the other tours. This gives it a different perspective that might not suit all tastes. Also the main part of the tour was around a museum which you probably dont need a guide for.
The young lady was lovely. It would be better if she were more steeped in the history, but she did a very good job. I would have liked to see a few more specific sites within that ghetto.
iNformation was not overall told in logical sequence. Also we were taken to a Buddist temple which had nothing to do with subject matter.
There was large poster on the street that were not addressed or pointed out.
Tell guide to try and watch video The Shanghai Getto, a documentary about four people who had been in Shanghai during the war and we're now returning to tell their individual story
This is really not worth your money. Our guide was a young local, not Jewish. That normally wouldn't bother me in the slightest, but while he knew what he was supposed to say, he clearly had no understanding of what this place meant to the Jewish people so at times his explanations were insensitive at best.
The guide was very nice and knowledgable .
Nevertheless the tour is overpriced . Paid 233 USD for 90 minutes - 4 people . (With another tourist joining us probably for free).