Jewish Heritage Tour to Beijing & Shanghai

JT02: 9 Days China Tours from Jerusalem Israel to Beijing Shanghai
  • Itinerary
Day 1 Jerusalem - Beijing
Travelers from Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, planning to travel to China can take the direct flight LY095 22:55-13:30 +1day to Beijing. This flight flies three times one week. China Hainan Airlines also offers a flight HU7958 14:40-05:00 +1day four times one week. Both the two flights take off from the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. It is the largest and busiest airport in Israel, and only 50 minutes driving distance from Jerusalem by a shared taxi. Travelers could also take the public bus lines 947 and 950 from Jerusalem to the airport at a cost of 24 Shekels.

Different from the Mediterranean climate of Jerusalem, Beijing has a climate with windy spring, long hot summer, cool autumn and long chilly winter. Shanghai is in the southern part of China, so the weather is generally mild and moist. Please check the climate of your destination before your China tour and pack suitable clothes.
Day 2 Beijing
Your independent China tours from Jerusalem start when your flight lands at Beijing Capital Airport. Find your way to the 3-star Days Inn Forbidden City we have booked for you. You can take a taxi to go directly to the hotel at a cost of CNY120. If you don't have too much luggage, you can take either airport shuttle bus line 3 to Beijing International Hotel or line 13 to Wangfujing Street, and then hail a cab to the hotel; the cost for the whole trip is CNY24+15.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: Days Inn Forbidden City
Day 3 Tiananmen Square - Forbidden City - Hutong
Forbidden City, Beijing
It is suggested you start the sightseeing of this China Jewish tour with the landmark of Beijing, Tiananmen Square, which is within walking distance from your hotel. From your hotel, head southwards along Nanheyan Street for 250 yards and turn west onto East Chang'an Street; the Tiananmen Square is 600 yards west.

After strolling around, go northwards and walk through the Tiananmen Tower to find the entrance of the Forbidden City, the royal palace during the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911). It is suggested you admire the major buildings along the central axis and the recommended visiting time is 2 - 3 hours.

Get out of the Forbidden City from the Devine Prowess Gate and take bus no. 124 to Gulou Station. After alighting, enter Shichahai Area from a narrow lane on your west and start your independent tour among the hutongs.

Shichahai is famous for crisscrossing hutongs and authentic courtyards, such as Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street, Ya'er Hutong, and Prince Gong's Mansion. It is renowned to be one of the best places to experience local Beijingers' peaceful lifestyle. You are highly suggested to stay there until the night. The bustling Bar Street along Houhai Beiyan Street is going to reveal a different scene of this area.

When today's Beijing independent tour is over, you can either take bus no. 40 from Gulou Station to Nanheyan and walk back to your hotel, or take a taxi to return at a cost of CNY20.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Mutianyu Great Wall
Today, you are recommended to arrange a backpacking tour by yourself to the Mutianyu Great Wall, which is 45 miles north of the downtown area. After breakfast, hail a cab to Dongzhimen Transport Hub first with a fare of CNY25. Alternatively, you can walk southwards to East Chang'an Street and head eastward for 500 yards to take subway line 1 from Wangfujing Station to Dongzhimen of subway line 2 with a transfer at Jianguomen. Take bus no. 916 Express from Dongzhimen to Huairou Beidajie in 70 minutes, and then charter a car to Mutianyu Great Wall at a cost of CNY50-60.

When the hiking is over, reverse the trip back to your hotel and find a nearby restaurant to have a big dinner.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Temple of Heaven - Summer Palace - National Stadium
Mutianyu Great Wall
Take bus no. 60 from Nanheyan Station to Fahuasi. After alighting, walk southwards along Tiantan Road for 200 yards to enter the Temple of Heaven, where emperors prayed for peace and prosperity for the nation in old days. It is suggested you go there early in the morning. Local people usually do morning exercise in the park in front of the temple. It must be a pleasant experience to join them and learn some Tai Chi moves and Beijing Opera.

Once your visit there is over, get out from the northern gate and walk north along Qinian Street for 500 yards; turn west onto Zhushikou East Street and head forward for 100 yards to take subway line 7 from Qiaowan to Caishikou, then ransfer to line 4 to Beigongmen Station. Get out from Exit D and go westwards for 250 yards to the Summer Palace. The Summer Palace used to be the royal family's resort with the Longevity Hill, Kunming Lake, and traditional Chinese buildings inside. Half day is enough to fully admire the elegant garden.

After that, still leave from the northern gate and take tourist bus line 3 to East Beichen Road. You will see the Olympic National Stadium the moment you get off the bus. You can also stop by the nearby National Aquatics Center and Olympic Park and take some good photos there.

Your Beijing independent tour will stop here. Please return to your hotel early and get ready for the next day's train to Shanghai. We will book the train tickets for you in advance and deliver them to your hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 6 Beijing - Shanghai
Today your China tour from Jerusalem will turn to Shanghai. After breakfast, check out the hotel and find your way to the Beijing South Railway Station for your onward high speed train to Shanghai. You may walk to the Tiananmen East Station to take subway line 1 to Xidan, then change to line 4 and get off at South Railway Station. Or, you can take a taxi to go straight to the train station at a cost of CNY25.

After 6 hours' train ride, you will arrive at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. We have booked the 3-star Golden River-view Hotel for your 3 nights' stay in Shanghai. You can take subway line 2 from the train station to West Nanjing Road and transfer to line 12; leave from Exit 1 of Hanzhong Road Station and walk westwards to the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Golden River-view Hotel
Day 7 Urban Planning Exhibition Hall - Yuyuan Garden - the Bund - Nanjing Road
The U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Michael Blumenthal (third from left) returned to Shanghai in 1979
It is recommended you start your Shanghai backpacking trip with the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. You can take bus no. 109 from your hotel to North Huangpi Road Wusheng Road Station and walk eastwards for 600 yards to the exhibition hall. You can also hail a taxi to the museum directly with a fare of CNY20.

After the visit, take bus no. 930 from the bus stop near the Exit 1 of People's Square Subway Station. Alight at Xinbeimen after 5 stops and walk southwards along Anren Street for 200 yards to the Yuyuan Garden, a private garden built during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). If interested, you can also pay a visit to the nearby City God Temple and bustling fair to taste local snacks and buy some featured souvenirs.

The next sight of your independent China Jewish heritage tour is the Bund. From Yuyuan Garden, please walk eastwards to the western bank of Huangpu River, then go northwards along the riverbank to reach the Bund. Not only can you admire western-style buildings there, the unique skyline of Lujiazui on the opposite side of the river is also worthy taking pictures of.

You are suggested to spend the rest of your day shopping along the famous East Nanjing Road near the northern end of the Bund. Besides, you should not miss the chance to take a night cruise along Huangpu River, which can add more fun to your Shanghai tour.

When the whole day's visit is over, take a taxi back to your hotel and have a good sleep for your next day's tour.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 8 Jewish Refugees Museum - Huoshan Park - Former French Concession
Jewish Refugees Museum, Shanghai
Today, it is suggested you set out for an exploration of Jewish settlement in Tilanqiao area and you can start the tour with the Jewish Refugees Museum. Please take subway line 12 from Hanzhong Road Station to Tilanqiao; get out from Exit 1 and walk eastwards along Changyang Road for 150 yards to the museum. 1- 2 hours' stay in the museum allows you to know more about the former site of Ohel Moshe Synagogue and Shanghai as an important refuge for Jews in 1930s. After the visit, walk southwards along the lane on the east of the museum for 200 yards to the Huoshan Park, the recreational place for local Jews in old days.

The next destination of today's Jewish heritage tour is the Former French Concession. You may walk back to Tilanqiao Station to take subway line 12 to South Huangpi Road Station of line 1 with a transfer at Hanzhong Road. Get out from Exit 1 or 2 and walk southwest to explore the Former French Concession, which is brimmed with European and Chinese buildings, as well as former residences of celebrities.

Take a taxi back to your hotel when you are gratified with your trip and pack up your belongings in advance for your next day's flight.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 9 Departure from Shanghai
Today, your 9-day Beijing-Shanghai Jewish heritage tour in China comes to an end. As there is no direct flight from Shanghai to Jerusalem, we suggest you take a high-speed train back to Beijing to catch your homeward flight LY096 22:00 - 03:15 +1day or HU7957 01:55 - 07:10. Please check out the hotel before 12:00 and find your own way to Hongqiao Railway station. There are many trains to Beijing every day. You should choose a train arriving Beijing at least five hours before your international flight to ensure enough time for transport to Beijing Capital airport and flight check-in.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Hanna from USA | Nov. 23, 2015 04:54Reply
How do I get from the Wyndham east Bund to the Jewish section, and how far is it
Answers (2)
Answered by Sara | Nov. 25, 2015 19:31

You can take the bus 135 at Songpan Station on Yangshupu Road near your hotel and get off at Tilanqiao Station after 5 stops. It takes about 40 minutes getting to the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum.
Answered by Hanna from USA | Nov. 26, 2015 21:28

Thank u do you know any tours there ?
Asked by ken skolnik | Dec. 08, 2013 12:32Reply
Is there a train from the airport to the bund and the jewish area?
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Answered by Jose | Dec. 08, 2013 19:31

Which airport do you refer to? There is no train from the airport to the bund area. The meglev train runs from PVG airport to Longyang Road. You may take subway or shuttle bus to the Bund.
Asked by | Apr. 28, 2012 21:24Reply
Am staying at Rendezvous Merry do I get to the Jewish Museum please? Cost taxi?
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Answered by Fauzi | May. 01, 2012 07:40

From the Rendezvous Merry Hotel, you may take subway line 2 to get off at Century Avenue Station, then transfer to subway line 4 and get off at Dalian Road Station(Exit 2). Then walk to the Jewish Museum. If you take taxi, the taxi fare will be around CNY30.
Asked by Mrs.Anne Diamond from UK | Feb. 18, 2011 17:01Reply
Can I ask wether we might be able to get a Kosher meal,also a guide round some of the Jewish quaters
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Answered by Ms.Jill | Feb. 20, 2011 19:11

Hi, the above tour is just a reference for visitors. You could explore these places by yourself. Good luck.
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