Day 01: Shanghai
Shanghai has great appeal to more and more ambitious people both at home and abroad owing to its dynamic life style and great opportunities brought by advanced technology. It is also one of the top tourist destinations in China. Most of you have ever heard of Yuyuan Garden, Xintiandi, Oriental TV Tower, Qibao Old Town, but we wonder if you know there has kept rich Jewish heritage in this city and if you have a strong desire to reach there to recall the past? For those who are interested in, please follow us. Today our guide will be in your company to explore this historic spots in Hongkou District, Shanghai.
Ohel Moishe Synagogue
In the morning, our guide will take you to Changyang Road to visit the Ohel Moishe Synagogue with a history of about 102 years. Possibly it is the venue in stock of most materials and information related to Jewish Refugee Colony in best preservation in Shanghai. During the World War 2, it was used as the religious activity center for the Jewish Refugees. Jewish Youth Organization once had its headquarter transferred here. The synagogue has 3 storeys with the sloping spire made of the red bricks. The blue stripes on the windows cover the dormer and stretch out, which helps decorate the red wall as well. The Iron Gate is open to welcome you. There is one wooden gate respectively right in the front and the left hand, the stoned entrance hall is similar to the Baroque style. The left gate leads you upstairs, and you can get to the church from the front gate. The whole church is quiet as there are only benches put in good order. You may have special feeling if you are a Jewish. After that, you will continue your Jewish tour to Huoshan Park. Now, it is open to public as a recreational venue for free. Different from other amusement parks, it carried its own story and background. After you enter the park, a stone monument of 1.2 meters in width and 1.7 meters in height will easily come into your eyesight, the holly and mountain pines on both sides serve as its bodyguard. It was set up in memory of thousands of the Jewish who once thronged to Shanghai for shelter to get away from being persecuted by fascists during World War 2. The Japanese Authority even invented the excuse that the Jewish had no nationality, thus they divided the Isolation area to restrict their activities. The region extends west to Gongping Road, east to Beitong Road, South to Huimin Road and north to Zhoujiazui Road. It is more a long history than a stone monument. That is why it is so attractive to foreign visitors. Around noon, we would like to arrange an a la carte lunch for you. You can spend some time strolling along Zhoushan Road for some Jewish-style buildings. Your guide will lead you to visit the largest Jewish Community at Lane 818 Tangshan Road in Shanghai. More than 60 years ago, the Jewish Refugee lived a hard life here. Before returning to the hotel, you will visit Tilanqiao Jewish Region, where there have remained some characteristic buildings, and most of them were of Queen Anne Revival style. If you have no idea about where to dine, you can ask your guide for some recommendations. Your Jewish tour ends here. (L)
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