Jewish Heritage and Old Architecture of Shanghai

Jewish Heritage and Old
Architecture of Shanghai

Delve into Shanghai’s fascinating Jewish heritage with a visit to the Jewish
Refugees Museum, a well-preserved historic site that once served as a
synagogue and a sanctuary for German Jews who fled to Shanghai.


Back in the 1930s, at the beginning of World War Two, thousands of German Jews escaped Nazi persecution by fleeing to Shanghai, making the city the Oriental ‘Noah’s Ark’. At a time when few countries were welcoming, Shanghai opened its door to these displaced people. Gradually, with support from the locals, Jewish refugees began to create lives in their new country, and before long the Hongkou area became known as ‘Little Vienna’ due to the number of Jewish-owned businesses.

The Tilanqiao area in Hongkou is a well-preserved historic area that reflects the life of Jewish refugees. This is also the home of the weathered Ohel Moshe Synagogue that became a sanctuary for the refugees. It is now the Jewish Refugees Museum and commemorates this unique phase of history.


Jewish Heritage and Old Architecture of Shanghai

09:00 - 13:00

From your hotel, set off with your guide on this half-day historical tour that delves into Shanghai’s fascinating Jewish heritage. Head to the Jewish Refugees Museum founded on the site of the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue. Built by Russian Jews at the beginning of the 20th century, this synagogue lies at the heart of the 1940s Jewish ghetto.

The museum commemorates Jewish refugees who lived in Shanghai after fleeing Europe to escape the Holocaust during the Second World War. While the downstairs area remains a place of worship, the upper floors are devoted to exhibition space and a screening area that runs films about the Jewish experience in Shanghai. View artefacts that are not only dedicated to the refugees but also to the Chinese who took these people in. Wander through an array of exhibits documenting the lives of the immigrants who fled to the city.

After leaving the museum, spend some time exploring the surrounding area and other famous landmarks, including the Moller Villa and the Fairmont Peace Hotel before returning to the hotel.




  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges


  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside the Puxi side. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the Central Business District (i.e. Pudong), Suzhou, Chongming, cruise ports and Shanghai’s International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • We regret to inform you that most of the museums in China are closed all day on Mondays and public holidays; wherever possible, we will try to offer alternative visits for touring options on this day.
  • Customers are advised that during the Lunar Festival celebrations (celebration of Chinese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • We will always make the effort to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pick-up and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sun’s rays are still very powerful.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • This excursion is only operated in the morning.


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