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10 Days
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Beijing
Shanghai

Uncover the legacy of Jewish China on this highlights tour with a kosher twist. Explore the synagogues and Jewish quarters of Tianjin and Harbin, and discover how Shanghai saved the lives of thousands of refugees during WW2.

About this Journey

Explore China’s Jewish past on this special Jewish heritage trip that will take you to China’s historic Jewish hubs of Tianjin, Harbin, and Shanghai. Jews and Judaism have a long history in China and while much of that is indeed confined to history, proud architectural testaments and Jewish communities can still be found today. The bustling metropolis of Shanghai, better known today for its high-rises than its humanitarianism, once played a role in saving the lives of around 20,000 Jews during World War II. Visit the former Shanghai Jewish Ghetto and synagogue as you develop an understanding of how Jews used to live in China.

What we love
  • Discovering the unexpected Jewish and European architecture of Harbin
  • Learning about Shanghai's heroic part in saving the lives of thousands of Jews during WWII
  • Paying respects at the Ohel Moshe Synagogue, once the center of Shanghai's Jewish community.
Where you're going
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Itinerary

Day 1 - 4Beijing

Begin your Beijing adventure in style as WildChina arranges private access to the concept store and gallery of Ma Ke’s fashion house, Wuyong. • Explore the imposing Forbidden City, where emperors ruled for 500 years • Hike up jingshan and take in a commanding view over the Forbidden City • Weave your way through Beijing’s ancient, interwoven hutong alleys • Uncover a treasure trove of Qing Dynasty curios in the Temple Hotel • Peking duck dinner • Enjoy a champagne picnic on the majestic Great Wall, built to protect China’s heartland from invaders • Celebrate Shabbat with a day of rest

Day 5Tianjin

Explore Tianjin’s European past by strolling through the diverse European architecture of the Five Avenues, built when nine foreign countries had concessions in the city • Visit the former Tianjin Synagogue, built in 1939 when Tianjin hosted China’s third largest Jewish population • Walk through the Five Avenues and the Small White Building district to view where Tianjin’s Jewish population used to live

Day 6 - 7Harbin

Visit the Jewish Cultural Museum, formerly Harbin New Synagogue, the largest synagogue in East Asia • Wander through Harbin’s former Jewish neighbourhood to get a feel of what life was once like for Harbin’s Jewish residents • Stroll through the European-influenced Central Street, which includes Jewish architectural wonders such as the old Jewish Bank • Visit the imposing St. Sophia Cathedral, a grand Russian structure that used to be a Russian Orthodox church but is now a museum • Visit Huangshan Public Cemetery, which houses graves from the former Jewish Cemetery

Day 8 - 10Shanghai

With Jewish expert Dvir Bargal, visit the former Shanghai Jewish Ghetto, which was officially liberated in 1945 • Drop by Ohel Moshe Synagogue, once the center of Shanghai’s Jewish community and now a museum commemorating Shanghai’s role in saving the lives of tens of thousands of Jews • Visit the Children’s Palace, built by a Jewish family from Baghdad between 1918 and 1931 • Travel back to Shanghai’s stylish 1930s as you walk down the elegant tree-lined streets of the French Concession • Wander through Yu Garden, the most celebrated classical garden in Shanghai • Spend the rest of the day at your leisure • Recommended: visit the Shanghai Museum, a veritable treasure trove of Chinese artifacts, or stroll alongside the Huangpu River on the Bund, taking in Shanghai’s iconic skyline

Hotels

Puli Shanghai

5 star Boutique

Created as China’s first urban resort, the Puli elegantly fuses traditional Asian aesthetics and new-age contemporary design amidst a serene atmosphere.

Shangri-La Harbin

5 star

Scenically situated along the Songhua River, the Shangri-La overlooks its glittering waters, which are especially beautiful during sunset.

The Peninsula Beijing

Luxury Boutique

The only all-suite hotel in the capital, The Peninsula Beijing sits a short stroll from Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the bustling Wangfujing shopping street.

Details

Recommended seasons

Spring

Summer

Fall

Winter

What’s Included

  • All overland transfers with private chauffeur and in-transport refreshments
  • All admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary
  • All meals as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water
  • Services of an English-speaking WildChina guide
  • Private chauffeur service to and from airport at start and end of your trip

What’s Excluded

  • International and domestic flights, domestic trains, plus relevant taxes
  • Chinese tourist visa, which is required for most foreign passport holders
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Meals, apart from those included in the itinerary, and alcohol
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Excursions and activities not included in the itinerary
  • Discretionary gratuities for guides and drivers
Why WildChina

We’re on the ground with you

Our team of advisors will design every detail of the trip with you through close consultation, then orchestrate your entire journey while on the ground. We’re in the same time zone as you, so we can fulfill requests and handle issues without a hitch. With over 40 staff in Beijing and an expansive network of operational partners across the country, we have the manpower to ensure your journey is safe, reliable and comfortable from beginning to end.

Your trip, your way

Flexibility is our highest-ranking compliment. We pull off journeys for pioneers with a 6-hour layover to Hollywood’s elite, and everywhere in between. Our team regularly pulls off unprecedented logistical feats; nearly any time frame or budget is within our realm. No matter how you wish to experience China, we are here to bring that dream to life.

We embody passion

WildChina guides are carefully handpicked for their knowledge and charisma, then meticulously trained to maintain our exceptional service standards. They are expert storytellers and passionate natives of the regions where they guide, having the perfect combination of local insights and service know-how to bring you seamless once-in-a- lifetime moments all across China.

The little things, the big picture

Supporting inspired local economies allows you to experience the soul of the destination, while also protecting and cultivating China’s artisanal culture. From watching artisans hand make shoes in Yunnan, to picking organic vegetables for dinner on a local farm in Fujian, our tours are designed to showcase and protect China’s heritage, both natural and human.