3. Full Day Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum & Heritage Bike Tour
Enhance your visit to Shanghai with a tour that illustrates the invaluable influence Jews had on shaping Shanghai's culture and economy. Jews played an important role in the city's development from the 1850s to the 1950s, and this excursion immerses you in this period of history. Delve into the Jewish heritage of Shanghai as you explore the city via bicycle with an expert guide. Explore in the open air and get active while scoping out sites such as Huoshan Park, the Jewish Refugees Museum, the Jewish Ghetto, and the former Jewish Club.
After meeting up at the office located at Japanese Concession, pedal out into the city with your guide leading the way. Uncover the story of Judaism in Shanghai as you stop at a series of landmarks that offer insights into Jewish life and culture. Stop at the small but quaint Huoshan Park, home to the sole memorial plaque to Shanghai's Jewish community. Then, pay a visit to the Jewish Refugees Museum, founded on the site of the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue. Here, peruse an array of artifacts documenting the lives of the refugees who fled to the city during WWII to escape the horror of the Holocaust. To learn more about how Jewish families spent their leisure time, tour the former Jewish Club, which offered music performances among other activities.
Along the way, your guide offers their insights, giving you in-depth knowledge about each site. Spend the day exploring the city from this fascinating perspective, and then conclude your tour back at the starting point with a greater appreciation for Shanghai's Jewish history.