1. Which cities do you typically visit on a China Jewish tour?
The Jewish tour of China involves Tianjin, Harbin, Kaifeng, and Shanghai. Jews and Judaism have a long history in China.
Tianjin is a city with a unique European style due to its colonial past. Here you will visit the Tianjin Synagogue and former Jewish homes.
Harbin, very close to Russia, is home to the largest synagogue in East Asia. The synagogue has an impressive collection of Jewish artifacts.
Kaifeng Jews are perhaps the best known and oldest Jewish community in China, dating back 1,000 years to the Northern Song Dynasty. Kaifeng Jews have been integrated into Chinese society and are no different in appearance from the Han Chinese. Highlights of the Kaifeng tour include the Jewish Stone Monument and Teaching Torah Lane.
Shanghai is a bustling metropolis. It was once home to more than 20,000 Jews and a refuge from Nazi persecution. There you will visit the former Shanghai Ghetto and the Ohel Moshe Synagogue.
2. What other cities in China are worth visiting besides Shanghai, Tianjin, Harbin, and Kaifeng？
Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China and the political and cultural center of China. With its many glorious imperial sights and rich cultural heritage, Beijing is known as the ancient capital of the East. Beijing has the world's largest imperial palace, the Forbidden City, the royal garden Summer Palace, the Great Wall of China, and the famous courtyard, Prince Gong's Mansion.
Xi'an is famous for the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. The Terracotta Warriors and Horses is the subordinate tomb of the tomb of Qin Shi Huang. The terracotta warriors are known as the "Eighth Wonder of the World". More than 1,000 terracotta soldiers were unearthed here, with different images and vivid postures. Many foreign friends go to the ancient capital of Xi'an for the terracotta warriors and horses. In addition to the Terracotta Warriors, you can't miss the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the ancient city wall, and the Muslim Street in Xi'an.
The beauty of Guilin is not only popular among domestic friends, but also famous abroad. The unique karst terrain has given birth to wondrous mountains and beautiful waters. Strolling on the two rivers and four lakes, photographing on the Longji terraces, rafting on the Li River, riding in Yangshuo, and bar hopping on the West Street at night are the most classic ways to visit Guilin, which is also a must experience for everyone who travels to Guilin for the first time.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is the core attraction of Zhangjiajie. More than 3,000 peaks of strange shapes rise from the ground, full of greenery. The hovering mountain "Hallelujah Mountain" in the movie "Avatar" was also filmed here, and the beautiful scenery of Zhangjiajie has been offered to more foreign friends.
The charm of the mysterious Tibet has fascinated many foreign tourists. The most important thing is that you need to apply for a confirmation letter to travel to Tibet. Although the process is a bit complicated, there are still a lot of foreign guests visiting Tibet. The must-see attractions in Tibet are the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, the Barkhor Street, the Sera Monastery, etc.
3. Are there any kosher restaurants in China?
Kosher food is slightly unknown in China. Relatively speaking, the number of Kosher restaurants in China is not very large.
The following restaurants are certified by CRC.
1. Chabad Restaurant in Shenzhen
Chabad offers uncompromising kosher food. It opens Sunday through Thursday.
2. Shenzhen Glatt Kosher Food
Address: 2/F, Building 1, Gongdian South Court, 2/F, Baoan South Road
The menu includes Western, Chinese, and Sushi.
3. Guangzhou Chabad Kosher Restaurant
Sandwiches are available during the day and dinner is the buffet.
4. Shalom Grill
2/F., Fortune House, 61 Connaught road.,Central District, Hong Kong
5. The Jewish Community Centre, Hong Kong
One Robinson Place, 70 Robinson Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong
Tel : +852-2801-5440
6. Mul Hayam, Glatt Kosher Restaurant (Meat)
Unit 105, 1/F, Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Road,TST East, Hong Kong (Right next to Shangri-la Hotel Kowloon)
7. Beijing Dini's Kosher Restaurant
The new Cafe Miniature Dairy restaurant is located just past the fourth ring road and is near many hotels.
8. Shanghai Jewish Center
The four-course meals are cooked fresh daily by an on-site chef.
Under the supervision of Rabbi Shalom D. Greenberg
Address：Shang-Mira Garden，Villa#1（Entrance from）89 Shui Cheng South Road, Shanghai
9. Chengdu Sara's Kitchen
Sara's Kitchen offers Kosher Eat-In or Take-Out food in Chengdu.
All food is made under the Supervision of Rabbi Dovi Henig.
Address：China Garden, Tongzilin North Street 16, Jinyuan 10 Unit 1, Block B, Chengdu.
10. Rabbi Kuty Kalmenson
It offers a limited amount of freshly cooked Kosher dishes.
Address: 69 Qianhu Bei Road, Donghu Garden (West Gate), Unit 80. Yinzhou District, Ningbo. China
Tel: +86 156 92184770
4. Where will I visit on my China Jewish tour in Shanghai?
The Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum is housed in an old synagogue built in 1927. It focuses on the history of European Jews who took refuge in Shanghai. The vast majority of Jewish refugees who came to Shanghai survived, with only a few dying of disease or war. After the end of World War II, most of the Jewish refugees were able to return to their homeland, while a small number of Jews chose to stay in China. Outside the exhibit is a wall of refugee lists, each name an integral part of this history.
Huoshan Park was built in 1917 and was used as a gathering place for Shanghai Jews during World War II. The houses where Jewish refugees lived at the time still stand in the park. The parents of the famous former Israeli Prime Minister Rabin are buried here.
The Shanghai Jewish Memorial Park is the only memorial site in Shanghai and East China that comprehensively displays the historical origins and ethnic ties of modern Jewish people in Shanghai.
The Peace Hotel was built by Jewish financier Sir Victor Sassoon, grandson of the leader of the Jewish community in Baghdad. The hotel is known worldwide and has attracted internationally renowned guests, including actors, politicians, and playwrights.
Shanghai Children's Palace
The building was built between 1918 and 1931 by the Kadoories, a Jewish family from Baghdad. Despite the regular activities of the children over the years, all the interior facilities have been preserved in good condition.