We ended up taking two tours with this company because the Jewish tour was so great. Dvir (the Israeli owner) contextualizes the whole history of Shanghai in a fascinating opening of about 20 minutes, complete with iPad photos to compliment your actual experience -- so you can see how things looked right where you are standing before the cultural revolution, before WW2, in the 1800's, etc...it was a phenomenal way to start our time in Shanghai. And then we proceeded to unreel the layers of Jewish life over its 3 waves of immigration to Shanghai. Diva's personal stories and anecdotes about people came to Shanghai were fantastic -- the Iraqi jews who built the Bundt, the Russians fleeing persecution later, and finally people fleeing the holocaust who were welcomed by Shanghai's completely open door. the next day we took a tour on the markets in shanghai and old and new neighborhoods -- equally fascinating with a fabulous guide named Anfisa. These are 2 of the best tours i have ever taken in my life and we have travelled a lot. Their access to the nooks and crannies and their ability to make very complex aspects of history all fall into place, are truly a gift.
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