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“Genuine Passion!”

Tours of Jewish Shanghai
Ranked #19 of 169 Tours in Shanghai
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Owner description: Shanghai's Jewish legacy and experience. A half day eye-opening tour of an extraordinary story guided since 2002 by Israeli Journalist Dvir Bar-Gal. From the media: "Bar-Gal, rich with knowledge and full of humor, takes his visitors along on a mesmerizing journey into an amazing, sweet and sour world. A world where opium dealers, old world colonialists, real estate moguls, hard working poor Chinese migrants and Jewish holocaust survivors mix. "
Reviewed January 22, 2018

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed January 3, 2018

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.

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank angieolami
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Reviewed December 26, 2017 via mobile

When other countries turned them away, China allowed thousands of European Jews to enter and live peacefully, escaping the horrors of WWII Europe. But there is MUCH more to the Jewish history of shanghai than just those years and our half day with Dvir scratched the surface of that rich and important chronicle.

Dvir knows his stuff and we enjoyed hearing about all the various influences on life in shanghai, from Jewish involvement in the building of the city to the WWII period, to post war. Absolutely fascinating. His personal experiences and anecdotes added great flavor.

Quite glad we took this tour. I would have enjoyed a bit more about the post war period and would gladly have enjoyed a full day tour seeing more of the city.

A side note: ask Dvir about his special project. An amazing endeavor worthy of note.

The tour was well worth the small fee.

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Steven G
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Reviewed December 5, 2017

A highlight during our stay in Shanghai. Dvir was knowledgeable and interesting and presented a fascinating tour.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Shana K
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Reviewed December 3, 2017

Date of experience: October 2017
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