China Tours from Israel
China was once Asia’s cultural heart and a refuge for Jewish people in WWII. On an Easy Tour China Jewish heritage tour from Israel, discover yourself the Jewish historic sites and the best of this charming country.
Easy Tour China provides tailor-made private China tour packages for Israeli tourists, as well as the Jewish travelers from the United States, Europe and worldwide. Explore the real China with the experienced and knowledgeable travel guides. Learn about her more than 5000-year-old civilization, from the Qin Dynasty to modern China, discovering the larger-than-life historical wonders and incredible futuristic cityscapes. Experience unique Chinese arts, crafts and cultures, and a variety of ways of ethnic groups' life. When taking an inspiriting natural trip in China, you will also witness her diverse landscapes.
Why a private China tour with ETC
Best places to visit for Jews - experience Jewish history in China:
1. Kaifeng (near Zhengzhou, capital city of Henan) - According to historical records, the first large numbers of Jews entered China along the Silk Road during the Tang Dynasty. In the Song dynasty (960-1127), Jewish communities thrived in the Song capital of Kaifeng. Today three stone steles commemorating the Jewish traders remain among the ruins of the Kaifeng synagogue built in 1163. When you visit Mini-Jewish Museum in Kaifeng, you can find rare pictures of the synagogue and the Kaifeng Jewish Community Center.
2. Shanghai - Jews from Baghdad and Russia came to Shanghai after the city was opened to foreign traders in 1842. Then after 1930s during WWII tens of thousands of Jewish refugees flee Nazi persecution and moved to Shanghai. Today the main Jewish sites in Shanghai include Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, Ohel Rachel Synagogue, old Jewish market area, Sassoon House, Jewish Club (now Music Conservatory of Shanghai), etc.
3. Harbin - Most Jews in Harbin are Russian descent, who once built synagogues, stores, banks, hospitals, theatres, libraries, tobacco factories, beer factories, charities, insurance companies, publishing houses, and a complete Jewish social system in the city. Today when touring in Harbin, travelers can find Jewish style architectures and protected Jewish relics, like the Jewish synagogue, old Jewish school and Royal Hill Cemetery.
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Practical Tips on Tours to China from Israel
China Visa Tips for Israeli Citizens
Do Israeli passport holders need visa to China?
All Israeli citizens are required to get a visa before travel to China. To make your trip to China an easy and pleasant one, you are kindly advised to consult the local Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General first for the visa. Please prepare all the necessary documents include your valid passport, passport photo, the itinerary including air ticket booking record (round trip) and proof of a hotel reservation, etc. Easy Tour China can provide an invitation letter if you book a tour package with us.
The Chinese Embassy in Israel:
◎Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the State of Israel
Address: 222 Ben Yehuda Street, P.O.B.6067, Tel Aviv 61060, Israel
Tel: +972-3-5467277, 5467312
Office Hours: 09:00-13:00, 13:30-15:30, Sunday-Thursday (except holidays)
Address: 219 Ben Yehuda Street, P.O.B.6067, Tel Aviv 61060, Israel
Office Hours: 09:00-12:30, Sunday-Thursday (except holidays)
Practical Travel Tips for Canadians traveling in China
Are there kosher restaurants in China?
Jewish travelers can find kosher restaurants in below listed tourist cities, and enjoy kosher foods. But please be noted that the restaurants are closed on Friday, Shabbat and Jewish Holidays.
Dini's Kosher Restaurant
Add: Fang Yuan Xi Lu, next to the south gate of Si De Park
◎In Hong Kong:
The Jewish Community Centre, Hong Kong
Add: One Robinson Place, 70 Robinson Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong
Add: Shang-Mira Garden，Villa#1（Entrance from）89 South Shui Cheng Lu
Add: China Garden, Tongzilin North Street 16, Jinyuan 10, Unit 1, Block B, Chengdu
Chabad Shenzhen Restaurant
Add: Building 8B, Lanyi Garden, Shekou Old Street, Nanshan District (next to Shekou Market)
Note: The restaurant provides delivery service to houses and offices
Add: Room 2F, Building 1, Nanyuan, No.1052, Baoan South Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen
Chabad Guangzhou Kosher
To order please call: +86-020-8376-7070
Find more kosher restaurants in China:
What about drinks?
A: Local tea is commonly served with meals and there is a variety of soft drinks, local and imported beers and wines available for purchase. You should not drink the tap water, bottle/distilled water is inexpensive and readily available. If you like a 'cupp', you may like to bring along a small supply of tea bags, coffee and milk powder. Most rooms have electric jugs or thermos flasks of boiling water to make hot.
What are the toilet facilities like on a China tour?
A: All of the hotels arranged for your China trip have western style bathrooms and toilets. Obviously in the more remote areas, they may be a little more basic, but clean and simple is common. Whilst sightseeing, toilet facilities at restaurants and local tourist sites can vary and we would recommend that you carry tissues, wet wipes or disinfectant gel with you, “just in case”.
What should I pack?
A: Casual clothing is appropriate at all times although clothes that are too revealing are still frowned upon in all over China. Try to pack lightly as your trip may involve an amount of personal baggage handling as porters are often not available except in larger hotels. For security reasons it is essential that your baggage can be locked whilst during air transportation between cities. At times, you may not be able to check into your hotel room immediately or be able to access your main bags. To ensure your comfort, a change of clothes in your hand luggage to coincide with local weather conditions is always handy. All personal toiletries should be taken with you and small packets of tissues or wet wipes are recommended. A small medical kit containing medication to alleviate common ailments is suggested.
Clothing suggestion when traveling in China in different months:
Different from Israel’s Mediterranean climate, most tourist destinations in China has a subtropical monsoon climate.
Spring (Mar – May) with temperature at 50 - 71.6F: Western suits, jackets, sports coats, woolen jackets, long sleeve shirts and travel shoes
Summer (Jun – Aug) with temperature above 71.6 F: T-shirts, short sleeve shirts, skirts, sandals, caps, rain wear
Autumn (Sep – Nov) with temperature at 50 - 71.6 F: Western suits, jackets, sports coats, light woolen sweaters, rain wear and travel shoes
Winter (Dec – Feb) with Below 50: Overcoat, thick woolen sweaters, lined coats; In northern China, cap, gloves and cotton-padded shoes are required
What credit cards can I use?
A: At present the Bank of China accepts Master, American Express, Dynasty, Visa, JCB, and Diners Club cards. Israeli travelers may use these cards to draw cash over the exchange counters in China's banks, make purchases or pay bills at large department stores, restaurants and hotels in more than 100 major cities in China. A surcharge of 2% is always charged for card transactions.
Where can Israeli tourists get consular assistance?
A: In China, the Israeli tourists can obtain consular assistance from the:
Embassy & Consulate of Israel in China
Embassy of Israel in Beijing
Postal Code: 100600
Add: No. 17 Tianzelu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: (+86)10 8532 0500
Fax: (+86)10 8532 0555
Office Hours for Consular & Visa Office
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Monday-Friday (except Chinese and Jewish holidays)
Sections of Israel Embassy
Tel: (+86)10 8532 0662
Direct Flights from Israel to China
By far, there are direct flights from Tel Aviv to Shanghai and Beijing. Israeli travelers can get to Shanghai or Beijing first, stay 2-4 days, and take domestic flights or bullet trains to further explore other destinations of China. Alternatively, make Hong Kong the gateway city and travel to mainland China for an in-depth vacation.
Departure cities in Israel: Tel Aviv
Arrival cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong
Looking for the best way to book air tickets for your China trip from Israel? Based on feedback from our Israeli guests and our own travel experiences, we've found the following online search engines to be very helpful for investigating and ticketing airfare to and from each of our trips.