Shanghai Ghetto Tour Summary


This tour focuses on the plight of the Jews that managed to escape to Shanghai from Nazi Europe.


During the tour your native English speaking guide will show you the area in which the Japanese confined the Jews, explain what their lives were like living in their ghetto, and give case studies that illustrate how they survived and maintained their dignity.


Highlights include the Broadway Theatre, a game of `Carom, the home of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and a tour of the excellent Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum.



























Jewish Ghetto Tour Highlights


  1. Meet your native English speaking guide outside exit 3 of Dalian Metro Station (line 4), on the corner of Dalian Road and Changyang Road; 大连地铁站三号出口,大连路靠近长阳路.


  1. Walk past Tilanqiao Prison, discover why it used to be thought of as one of the harshest penitentiaries in the world, and learn about the religious leader that was incarcerated there for 30 years. 


  1. Visit the largest shelter for Jewish refugees in Shanghai, which housed over 1,000 refugees, and learn what living conditions here were like.


  1. Take a tour of the excellent Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. In doing so you will discover how the Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews worked together to save refugees fleeing from Nazi Europe.


  1. Find out why sports were so important to the Jewish community in the Hongkou Ghetto, and learn what happened when the Japanese brought a professional heavyweight boxer to Shanghai in order to demonstrate the power of the conquerors.


  1. See personal accounts of what life was like living in the Jewish Ghetto and then see them come to life as your guide shows you archive video footage from the era on their iPad.


  1. Get access to a resource that lists more than 10,000 Jewish refugees who lived in the Hongkou Ghetto and see if anyone you know of was here.


  1. Learn what the Nazis tried to persuade Shanghai’s occupying Japanese forces to do with the city’s Jewish population, and find out why their requests were ignored.    


  1. Walk through “Little Vienna” and find out about the childhood of the Ghetto’s most famous inhabitant.


  1. Watch locals play a game of Carom, try it yourself on your tour guide’s iPad, and then learn which other expat community introduced the game to the area.


  1. Visit the former home of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and find out what stopped them in their tracks when they were needed most.


  1. Explore Huoshan Park, and find out what Chinese tradition was taught to the Jewish children that went there.


  1. Visit the sites of a fabulous Art Deco Theatre, and find out how the Jewish community kept their spirits and dignity alive.


  1. Learn what happened to Shanghai’s Jewish Refugee population after World War II.





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Pricing Summary (prices in Chinese Renminbi per person)









  1. *Under 14 years old.


Pricing is inclusive of a native English speaking guide with illustrative iPad and all entrance fees including the Shanghai Jewish History Museum.



-Private Shanghai Jewish Ghetto Tours (2 hours) can be scheduled for your private group at any time you like, but require a minimum of 3

adult guests (or the

financial equivalent thereof).


  1. Select Shanghai Jewish

Ghetto  Tours (2.5 hours) are

led by Newman Tours’ most

senior guides, and guarantee

the provision of an iPad to

enhance the content of your

tour. They can start at any

time you want, and feature

exclusive content including

visiting the Peace Hotel on the

Bund. Select Tours require a

minimum of 3 adult guests

(or the financial equivalent

thereof).



  1. -Full Terms & Conditions are listed at the bottom of this page.

Getting There


- The Standard Meeting Point for Private Jewish Ghetto Tours is outside exit 3 of Dalian Metro Station (line 4), on the corner of Dalian Road and Changyang Road;

大连地铁站三号出口,大连路靠近长阳路.


- Meeting Point Directions

with instructions provided in

both English and Chinese

can be viewed here or

downloaded by clicking on

image to the right of this text.

Terms and Conditions

• Tours should be booked and confirmed at least three hours in advance.

• Newman Tours reserves the right to cancel tours by informing confirmed attendees at least three hours in advance.

• Newman Tours reserves the right to start its tours on time, and will not wait for guests more than ten minutes after the scheduled start time of their tours.

• Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult guardian.

• Newman Tours reserves the right to request proof of student or child status in the form of valid identification.

• Proof of payment receipts available if requested in advance.

• Tour prices are not inclusive of tax invoices, which if required cost an additional 15% of the total cost of the tour.

• Private Tour Payments should be made in Chinese Renminbi at the end of the tour.

• Guests who take part in Newman Tours do so at their own risk.

• Tours do not include accommodation, transportation, food, drink and other non-tour guide related fees unless otherwise stated.

• Newman Tours reserves the right to alter the Tour Schedule listed above as a result of bad weather or location inaccessibility. In doing so it will do its upmost to ensure that equally high quality alternative content is provided.

• Newman Tours reserves the right to refuse people the right to attend and if necessary remove them from their tours if they are intoxicated, aggressive or offensive.

• Guests who take part in Newman Tours Tours must have their own health and safety insurance.

  1. Guests who take part in Newman Tours do so entirely at their own risk.














Find out how this man used wit and empathy to ensure the safety of the Shanghai’s Jewish refugees.

At its peak, the organisation in this building was responsible for the feeding of over 6,000 people every day. Find out what stopped them from continuing to offer their help when it was needed most.

Watch locals play Carom on the street,

try it out yourself on your guide’s iPad,

and discover who introduced it to Shanghai.

Take a tour of the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum with your native English speaking guide.

See cartoons from the Shanghai colonial era that will help you understand the politics and public opinion surrounding the Jewish refugees.

Learn about Shanghai’s modern Jewish community, and find out where to get kosher food.

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