Jewish Ghetto Tour

Summary

This tour focuses on the plight of the Jews that managed to escape to Shanghai from Nazi Europe.

During the tour your native English speaking guide will show you the area in which the Japanese confined the Jews, explain what their lives were like living in their ghetto, and give case studies that illustrate how they survived and maintained their dignity.

Highlights include the Broadway Theatre, an introduction to the game of `Carom, the home of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and a tour of the excellent Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum.

Highlights

  • Meet your native English speaking guide outside exit 3 of Dalian Metro Station (line 4), on the corner of Dalian Road and Changyang Road; 大连地铁站三号出口,大连路靠近长阳路.
  • Walk past Tilanqiao Prison, discover why it used to be thought of as one of the harshest penitentiaries in the world, and learn about the religious leader that was incarcerated there for 30 years. 
  • Visit the largest shelter for Jewish refugees in Shanghai, which housed over 1,000 refugees, and learn what living conditions here were like.
  • Take a tour of the excellent Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. In doing so you will discover how the Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews worked together to save refugees fleeing from Nazi Europe.
  • Find out why sports were so important to the Jewish community in the Hongkou Ghetto, and learn what happened when the Japanese brought a professional heavyweight boxer to Shanghai in order to demonstrate the power of the conquerors.
  • See personal accounts of what life was like living in the Jewish Ghetto and then see them come to life as your guide shows you archive video footage from the era on their iPad.
  • Get access to a resource that lists more than 10,000 Jewish refugees who lived in the Hongkou Ghetto and see if anyone you know of was here.
  • Learn what the Nazis tried to persuade Shanghai’s occupying Japanese forces to do with the city’s Jewish population, and find out why their requests were ignored.
  • Walk through “Little Vienna” and find out about the childhood of the Ghetto’s most famous inhabitant.
  • Learn about how an Indian game found its way to this corner of Shanghai.
  • Visit the former home of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and find out what stopped them in their tracks when they were needed most.
  • Explore Huoshan Park, and find out what Chinese tradition was taught to the Jewish children that went there.
  • Visit the sites of a fabulous Art Deco Theatre, and find out how the Jewish community kept their spirits and dignity alive.
  • Learn what happened to Shanghai’s Jewish Refugee population after World War II.
  • Select Shanghai Jewish Ghetto Tours (2.5 hours) are led by Newman Tours’ most senior guides, and guarantee the provision of an iPad to enhance the content of your tour. They can start at any time you want, and feature exclusive content including visiting the Peace Hotel on the Bund. Select Tours require a minimum of 4 adult guests (or the financial equivalent thereof).

Getting There

The Standard Meeting Point for Private Jewish Ghetto Tours is outside exit 3 of Dalian Metro Station (line 4), on the corner of Dalian Road and Changyang Road.

 

 

Price (Chinese renminbi per person)

Shanghai Jewish Ghetto Tour Adults Children under 14
Private (2 hr) 330 260
Select (2.5 hr) 390 290

Tour Types

Public Tour availability can be seen by clicking here.

Private Tours can be scheduled for your group at any time you like.

Select Tours are led by Senior Newman Tours’ Guides, and guarantee the provision of an iPad to enhance the content of your tour. They can start at any time you want, and feature exclusive content described in italics in the Tour Schedule on this page.

Private and Select Tours require a minimum of 4 adult guests (or the financial equivalent thereof). Full terms and conditions can be viewed here.

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