Jewish Ghetto Tour: Refugees In Shanghai

Jewish Ghetto Tour: Refugees In Shanghai

Summary

This Shanghai Jewish 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. They will 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.

Shanghai Jewish Ghetto Tour
Your native English speaking guide will help you learn about Shanghai’s Jewish Refugees.

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, to start your Shanghai Jewish tour.
  • Walk past Tilanqiao Prison and discover why it used to be considered one of the harshest penitentiaries in the world. Learn about the religious leader who 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. 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. See the streets 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 the locals 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.
  • VIP 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.

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.

Jewish Ghetto Tour Meeting Directions

 

 

Pricing

(All prices in Chinese Renminbi per guest)

  Private
(2 hours)
VIP
(2.5 hours)
1 guest 1120 1320
2 guests 590 700
3 guests 410 490
4 or more guests 330 390

Tour Types

Private Tours can be scheduled for your group at any time you like.
VIP Tours are led by Newman Tours’ most experienced 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 red italics under the Tour Schedule section of this page.
Terms & Conditions can be viewed here.

Indian games
Discover this remnant of the Jewish Ghetto.

What Our Guests Say

Media Reviews

“Plenty of fascinating historical information”
John Sunyer, Time Out

“Newman Tours’ guides are not only highly knowledgeable about the city and its past, but also have
the charisma to bring the incredible stories of the area to life.”
Alice Shaman, Shanghai Talk

Shanghai Jewish Tour Follow Up

Guests on the Jewish Ghetto Tour will receive a follow up email featuring informative and entertaining links including the following:

  • The living conditions of Shanghai Jewish Ghetto
  • Which areas of Shanghai were occupied by Jewish refugees
  • Traces of history left behind by the Shanghai Jewish Ghetto