Top 10 Jewish China Tours To Take This Summer

China is an extraordinary country with an expansive history spanning 5,000 years. It has profound historical and cultural significance on the world stage. Part of that history includes Judaism in China. There is a lengthy history of Jewish people in the country, dating back centuries. In the 20th century, many groups of Jewish refugees fled the Holocaust in Europe, settling in places such as Shanghai. Here are the top 10 Jewish China tours to take this summer.

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Half-Day Amazing Shanghai Jewish Tour

On this fascinating Jewish China tour, you will have the chance to explore the history of Jewish people in Shanghai. Visit Hongkou District, which is also referred to as the Jewish Ghetto, where thousands of Jewish refugees once resided during WW II after fleeing Nazi occupation. You will travel with your private tour guide to attractions such as the Memorial Plaque in Huoshan Park, and the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, to learn more about this incredible part of Chinese history.

One-day Wuzhen Tour From Hangzhou

Located about two hours from Hangzhou is the beautiful ancient water town of Wuzhen. This historical town was considered the “Venice of Asia”, and has a history of over 1,300 years. In this Jewish China Tour, you have the chance to explore all six districts, including the well-preserved ancient residences, traditional lifestyle, and the history Jewish merchants had in Wuzhen establishing trade routes in the region.

One-Day Hangzhou Cycling Tour

The stunning city of Hangzhou is world-renowned for its incredible natural beauty at every turn. On the Jewish China tour, you will have the opportunity to discover the remarkable history of this utterly picturesque place by bicycle. As the capital of Zhejiang province, during the Middle Ages, Jewish people settled in Hangzhou for the first time. By the late 16th and early 17th centuries, the city had become an important center of Chinese Judaism, complete with a synagogue.

One-Day Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Town Tour

World-famous for its sensational classical Chinese gardens, Suzhou is located 50 miles west of Shanghai, in Jiangsu province. On this Jewish China tour, you will visit the gardens that dot this beautiful city, which was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore the charming Zhouzhuang Water Town, and discover the fascinating history of the area, including the history that Jewish merchants played in the region.

2-Day Nanjing Tour – Historic Adventure Through China’s Former Capital

Located in the Yangtze River Delta, is fascinating capital of Jiangsu province, Nanjing. As one of China’s most important cities served as the capital of various Chinese dynasties. In this Jewish China tour, you will get the opportunity to learn more about the compelling history of Nanjing, including the place it played in Judaism in China, having been the location of a prominent Jewish community that was founded during the Middle Ages.

5-Day Beijing Tour

The magnificent city of Beijing has been the capital of China for centuries. On this incredible Jewish China Tour, you will have the opportunity to explore some of the most important sites including the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Temple of Heaven. In addition, you get to learn about the extraordinary history 3,000-year history of Beijing, including learning about the Jewish community that was once present in the city.

One-Day Hangzhou Tour

Regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in all of China, Hangzhou is renowned for its stunning gardens and natural beauty. On this Jewish China tour, you will enjoy the pristine beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, West Lake, and explore the rich history of the city. Hangzhou is the location of one of several Jewish communities that were established during the Middle Ages.

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One-Day Thousand Island Tour From Hangzhou

On this Jewish China tour, explore the awe-inspiring Thousand Island Lake. Thousand Island Lake (also known as Qiandao Lake) is a sprawling reservoir measuring 580 square kilometers about 160 kilometers from Hangzhou. It’s an artificial lake consisting of 1,078 islands, both small and large, that was formed after the Xia’an River hydroelectric station was completed in 1959.

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One-Day Detian Waterfall Tour From Nanning

In this wonderful Jewish China Tour, you will have the chance to explore the incredible Detian Waterfall, which straddles the border betwixt China and Vietnam. Located in the Karst hills found within Daxin County in Guangxi, this attraction is renowned for its incredible beauty. This region has a rich history as a trade route, which Jewish merchants played a very important role.

4-Day Yangtze River Cruise Tour From Shanghai 

On this amazing Jewish China tour, you will enjoy a wonderful cruise along the legendary Yangtze River from Shanghai. During World War II, Shanghai was a crucial safe-haven for Jewish refugees that were fleeing the Holocaust in Europe, because it was one of the few places on Earth that didn’t require an entrance visa at the time. By 1941, over 20,000 Jewish people had immigrated to the city, creating a flourishing community.

Recommended Jewish Tours

1 Day Wuzhen Tour from Hangzhou, Visit Water Town

Explore the 1300-year-old Venice-like charming water town: Wuzhen.

1 Day Hangzhou Cycling Tour

Explore Hangzhou’s picturesque landscapes by cycling.

1-Day Suzhou Tour, See Gardens And Zhouzhuang Water Town

Visit the classic gardens in Suzhou, which are UNESCO World Heritage Site and explore the charming Zhouzhuang Water Town.

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Sarah has been extensive experience as a scribe, from travel writer to screenwriter, to a writer short stories. When she’s not doing one of those three things, she enjoys traveling, cooking, adventuring, reading, and anything involved being in (or under) water.
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