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Discover the historical heart of Shanghai’s ancient Jewish quarter on a 2-hour tour of the Hongkou District. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, delve into the captivating history of Chinese Judaism; visit the verdant splendor of Huoshan Park and browse intriguing exhibitions in the Jewish Refugees Museum (Ohel Moishe Synagogue). Catch a rare glimpse of daily life in a historical local neighborhood and gain fascinating insight into the culture from your passionate guide. This is a private tour just for you and your party.


  • 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

What You Can Expect

Private 2-Hour Walking Tour of Shanghai's Jewish Ghetto

Walking Tour of Shanghai's Jewish Ghetto

Greet your guide at a pre-arranged location in Shanghai and set out to explore the historical highlights of the Jewish Ghetto. Listen as your guide shares intimate knowledge of the area and weave your way through the winding streets of the historical enclave. First, head to the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, constructed on the site of the Ohel Moishe Synagogue, a place that attracted refugees during turbulent times. 

Learn about the significance of the sanctuary then venture to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to hear about the help offered to refugees by the center. Absorb the verdant beauty of the Huoshan Park and enjoy a moment of reflection at the monument that memorializes Jewish immigrants. 

Next, immerse yourself in the authentic ambience of a local neighborhood to meet its inhabitants; learn about daily life and traditional customs then venture the thriving center to see local craft shops, fresh seafood stalls and rustic restaurants. Conclude your tour with a visit to the sacred Xiahai Temple, a remote location off the tourist trail; learn about the significance of this Buddhist temple then bid your guide and group goodbye at the end of your tour.

Customer Reviews

Allen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Highly recommend our tour. Mason our tour guide was extremely personable and informative about the history and culture of the Jewish people who came to Shanghai during the early 1900 and #39;s and also during the persecution of the Jews in Eastern Europe. you will not be disappointed with this tour!

Cheryl s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and her English was excellent.

Roberta B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

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.


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.

Fran B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

We enjoyed seeing and hearing about the history!

Howard S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The tour worked well. The guide was excellent.

James K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

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

Gladys R

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.

Michael F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

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

Leonard I. L

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.

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