Multi-Day Tour | Private

Jewish Tour of China (12 days)

WildChina

Beijing, China To Shanghai, China

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Dec 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Beijing, China
Opposite House (Studio 45) None

- Your WildChina Beijing guide will meet you at the airport arrival hall exitwith your chauffeur and private vehicle ready to take you to your hotel for check-in

Day 2
Beijing, China
Opposite House (Studio 45) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- FromTiananmen Square, enter the Forbidden City, where emperors ruled, concubines fluttered their fans, and eunuchs schemed for five hundred years. If interested, enjoy special access to the lavish sitting rooms and living quarters of Chonghua Palace, normally closed to the public

- Rest your legs with a lunch break at The Temple before touring Beijing’s antiquated and interwoven hutong neighborhoods

- Visit a traditional siheyuan(courtyard) and try your hand at various traditional Chinese activities, ranging from calligraphy to Chinese yo-yo

- Savor a Peking duck dinner at a renovated siheyuan

Day 3
Beijing, China
Opposite House (Studio 45) Breakfast, Lunch

- Transfer out of the city (1.5hrs) to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall

- Hike along this wonder of the worldbefore enjoying an exhilarating toboggan ride downhill, if interested

- Enjoy a picnic on the wall or lunch in a courtyard restaurant

- Return to the city in the late afternoon

- Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure

Day 4
Beijing, China
Opposite House (Studio 45) Breakfast

- Celebrate Shabbat with a day of rest (we recommend going on a leisurely walk around Sanlitun, a modern area popular with expats)(Noguide and private car service from WildChina)

Day 5
Harbin, China
Tianjin, China
Beijing, China
Shangri La(Superior room) Breakfast, Lunch

- Take morning high-speed rail to Tianjin

- Explore Tianjin’s European past by strolling through the diverse European architecture of the Five Avenues, built when nineforeign 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 (Xiaobailou District) to view where Tianjin’s Jewishpopulation used to live

- Take late afternoon flight to Harbin

Day 6
Harbin, China
Shangri La(Superior room) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Visit Harbin Jewish New Synagogue, the largest Jewish synagogue in East Asia,and check out its impressive collection of relics from Harbin’s past vivacious Jewish community

- Check out the Old Synagogue, now a café and hostel, and the neighboring old Jewish school and hospital

- 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(35-40 min drive), which houses graves from the former Jewish Cemetery

- Sample Harbin’s European-influenced cuisine

Day 7
Harbin, China
Kaifeng, China
New Century Grand Hotel (Standard double room) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Learn about China’s perspective of World War II at the Unit 731 Museum, a former Japanese concentration camp (45 min drive)

- Enjoy a Russian-infused lunch

- Explore Harbin’s distinctly European Old Quarter, once the residence for Russians and Jews

- Catch an evening flight to Henan Province’s capital, Zhengzhou

- Transfer from Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airportto Kaifeng, one of China’s ancient capitals

Day 8
Kaifeng, China
New Century Grand Hotel (Standard double room) Breakfast, Lunch

- Explore Kaifeng’s Jewish legacy by visiting a family descended from Kaifeng’s original Jews in the Jewry

- View the Jewish Stone Monuments, which tell of the key moments and beliefs of the Kaifeng Jewish community from the 15th to 17th centuries, in the Kaifeng Municipal Museum

- Travel to the original site of Kaifeng Synagogue, built in 1163 and which withstood several natural disasters before being demolished

- Stroll through what used to be the vibrant Jewish Quarter whose past is present in its name: Teaching Torah Lane

- Spend the rest of the day at your leisure (we recommend exploring Kaifeng’s famous night market)

Day 9
Shanghai, China
Kaifeng, China
The Puli(Deluxe room) Breakfast, Lunch

 Enjoy a scenic drive through Chinese countryside to Zhengzhou (1.5hrs)

- Take high speed rail to Xi’an (2.5hrs) and stand before the unflinching, eternally-stationed Terracotta Warriors Army

- Travel to Xi'an Xianyang International Airport to catch your early evening flight to Shanghai

Day 10
Shanghai, China
The Puli(Deluxe room) Breakfast, Lunch

- With Jewish expert DvirBargal, 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

Day 11
Shanghai, China
The Puli(Deluxe room) Breakfast

- Enjoy the day at your leisure

- We recommend in observance of Shabbat, exploring the Shanghai Museum,a veritable treasure trove of Chinese artifactsonly walking distance from your hotel

- Watch the reflections of the jewel-encrusted Shanghai cityscape as you take a stroll along the Bund

- Note: there will be no guide and private car service from WildChina

Day 12
Shanghai, China
None Breakfast

- Transfer to airport for flight to next destination

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Description

Explore China's Jewish past on this special Jewish heritage trip that will take you to China's historic Jewish hubs of Tianjin, Harbin, Kaifeng, 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.

About Us

We believe that luxury and sustainability come hand-in-hand. From picking tea in Yunnan to making hand-spun yak wool with nomads in Gansu, our journeys are accented by sophisticated interpretation of nature and local artisan culture through genuine interactions with local communities. Our innovative way of travel has been critically recognized through numerous awards including National Geographic Traveler - "Tours of a Lifetime; Travel + Leisure - “Best Life Changing Trips”; and Fast Company - “50 Most Innovative Companies”. In 2017 we were honored to be nominated for two Virtuoso Awards including "Destinations Partner of the Year".

Insider Tip

For first-timers, cover Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai in a week. Save five to ten days to explore the southern and western provinces and experience the true diversity of China.

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Overall very helpful

By: Angie


Reviewed on: 03 Nov 2014

Our travel agent used the services of Wild China for our recent trip to Shanghai and Beijing. Overall the guides were good and having their services proved very helpful in a country where the language & driving were very different from our own. 2 of our 3 guides were quite insightful & accommodating and enhanced our trip in many ways. Our only complaint was that 1 of the guides in Shanghai was quick to deliver us to tourist-trap locations where she would receive a kick-back from any purchase we made. We only learned of this after we had already made a few unwise purchases and then wished maybe we had spent less time with her. My advice would be to use the help, but be forewarned & slightly wary of any guide suggested "tours" or shopping.

Wildly Fantastic!

By: Lisa580


Reviewed on: 10 Apr 2016

WildChina provided outstanding service during our recent trip to China. Our guide, Anna, was suburb! Thank you, WildChina!
Travel Advisor:  Bobbi Nappi

The best guides

By: Bookstaver


Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2016

Wild China setup up the perfect itinerary for my trip to China and Tibet. A different well versed guide met me in each section of my trip and showed me the trip of a lifetime
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Dicker

Fantastic trip

By: Jeff


Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2017

Very good experience. Well thought out trip and every detail was covered. Flexibility was also a key factor.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Rosenberg

And on my next trip to China as well.

By: Guy


Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2017

We spent two full days touring Beijing with Wild China and they really could not have been better. Couldn't ask our guide a question he couldn't answer about what were seeing (and in 9.5/10 english fluency). Always on time and always with a smile and great attitude throughout the tour. Very flexible, even on the fly! We made several requests in the car that required slight deviations from the original plan. No problem.
Travel Advisor:  Trish Mercer

WildChina Exceeds Erwin Family Expectations of China

By: Rhonda Erwin


Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2018

Rachel Dicker partnered with WildChina to plan our custom Chinese Adventure for our family of four (two boys ages 12 and 16). We experienced REAL China! We're a global family and we've never experienced the professionalism and attention-to-detail as we did from both Wild China (supervisor Kendra Tombolato) and Rachel Dicker Travel (owner Rachel Dicker). We particularly want to say that Joyce Ying (Shanghai), An Na (Beijing), Jessica Zhu (Xian), Dustin Zhang (Chengdu), James Lee (Guilin), and David Leung (Hong Kong) enhanced our trip each day with their warmth, humor, knowledge, and suggestions of off-the-beaten-path of things to see, do, buy and explore...things we would have never discovered on our own. Things we didn't necessarily plan for as well as fulfilling our requests of stuff we wanted to do. They are true GEMS in the sea of tour guides. We cannot say enough about how they made our trip and memories of China unforgettable.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Dicker

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By: China Yunnan 2018


Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2018

The guides were well educated, courteous, kind, thoughtful, and friendly. They were all knowledgeable about each area we visited. We could not have navigated this trip without the guides. Also, the trip was too vast and expansive to try and go it alone. Literally, we would never have gotten out of Beijing without the guide's help. Also, when the chair lift at the park stopped working, when our car over heated and when we needed a toilet, we were graciously helped! It was a trip of a lifetime and we loved every minute of the vacation. Many of the details were so well suited to our family- hiking, natural sites, luxurious lodges, delicious (and clean, safe) food and water, tea, religious monuments, and a spacious and comfortable van. We felt safe and well attended at all times.
Travel Advisor:  Jay Musgrove