China Jewish Heritage Tour
Discover the Jewish history in China by taking this heritage tour! A unique trip presents the Jewish cultural legacy in China, and discovers the century-long relationship between the two ancient cultures. Come to Harbin, Kaifeng, Luoyang & Shanghai, this trip offers unforgettable experience by combing the stunning sites in Beijing, Xian & Guilin!
Best for: Jewish travelers, travelers from Israel
Duration: 16 days & 15 nights
Destinations: Beijing - Harbin - Zhengzhou - Kaifeng - Luoyang - Xi'an - Guilin - Shanghai
Travel type: Private tour - Flexible & Free to customize (Arrange Shabbat according to your travel dates)
• Beijing highlights of the Imperial Palace & the Great Wall
• Jewish heritages in Harbin, Kaifeng and Shanghai
• UNESCO heritages of Longmen Grottoes and Guilin Karst Landscapes
• Shaolin Temple for Chinese Kung Fu
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Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel at downtown. Free at leisure for rest of the day.
Meal: No meal
Private escorted tour Temple of Heaven which is one of Beijing's most impressive sites in terms of architecture, color and significance and was used by Emperor to communicate directly with Heaven. After visiting it, we go to the most famous and representative square--Tiananmen Square, the world's largest city center square and the center of Beijing. And then go to the Forbidden City, officially known as the Imperial Palace Museum. It is the supreme model in the development of ancient Chinese palaces, providing insight into the social development of late dynastic China, especially the ritual and court culture. At night, a tasty Peking duck dinner is well-prepared.
Meal: B, D
Private escorted tour to the Great Wall, one of the great wonders in the world and the symbol of China. Then go to the Sacred Road, namely "the way leading to Heaven"; which is guarded on both sides with 12 stone statues. Later, a photo stop at major Beijing Olympic venues to appreciate their amazing architecture designs.
Meal: B, D
Visit the Summer Palace. Locates northwest of Beijing, it was listed on the World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO in 1998--a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design with outstanding aesthetic value. Take a pedicab tour to Hutong (Beijing's traditional alleyways). The name of a Hutong represents its origin, location or history. It is in these gray-tiled long lanes that families play, buy goods, gossip, and connect. Transfer to fly to Harbin, be met and transfer to check in Modern Hotel first opened by a French Jew- Y. A. Kaspe.
Pay a visit to the once-established Jewish Community like the site of Jewish High School, bank and hospital, to know varied sides of Jewish life there. Then visit the Huangshan Jewish Cemetery, the largest and the best-preserved one in East Asia.
Further explore the new synagogue of Jewish people, and see the history and cultural exhibition. Then take a flight to Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan Province, which locates south of Yellow River and borders Kaifeng. Be met and transfer to hotel.
Drive to Kaifeng, a thousand-year-old town, and was once the capital city of Northern Song Dynasty. The Jews began to reside in this town at that time. Visit a local family, and then visit Kaifeng Museum to learn things about its history and culture. Besides, go to see Judaic Exhibition and a Jewish Cemetery to gain more knowledge about Jewish culture.
Drive to visit Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng County. It is known in and outside of China for Shaolin martial arts. The temple was built in 495, the 19th year of the reign of Emperor Xiaowen of the Northern Wei Dynasty. Dagoba Forest and Chinese Kung Fu performances are also in the following plan. Then proceed to historical and brilliant city Luoyang.
Firstly pay a visit to Prince Mansion Park in the early morning to see local people do exercises there. Secondly, go to Longmen Grottoes, as a world heritage site named in 2000, the sculptures in it are an outstanding manifestation of human artistic creativity. Later, have a walk at old city quarters to get close to local people's life and appreciate their architecture style.
Take a morning bullet train to Xian. Be met and transferred to visit Bell Tower-- first built in 1384, the largest and best preserved of its kind. Then go to Wild Goose Pagoda-- the city emblem, which was first built in Tang Dynasty for the storage of Buddhist scriptures taken from India by Monk Xuanzang.
In the morning, visit one of the top attractions in China--Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. It is significant because the hundreds of detailed life-size models represent the army that triumphed over all other Chinese armies. Take an afternoon flight to the picturesque city Guilin.
In the morning, take a Li River cruise leisurely. Bamboo groves, jagged, sharp-edged hills, a wide placid river and peaceful farm and village terrain are along the tour. Biking (or taking a golf-car-like vehicle) to the countryside to see the stunning scenery, rice paddies, water buffalo and local farmer's life is interesting and enjoyable.
Go to visit the outstanding Karst style Reed Flute Cave nearby the downtown: a fascinating gallery of natural sculpture, now enhanced by multicolored lighting, which has been one of Guilin's most interesting attractions for over 1200 years. Then have a walk around the Central Lake Park. Then transfer to take an afternoon flight to Shanghai. Be met and transfer to hotel.
Visit Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum that located at 62 Changyang Road, Hongkou District. It is an important component of the "Tilanqiao Historic Area" and serves as a witness commemorating the phase of history when the Jewish refugees lived in Shanghai. Then go to the Jewish community to see people's life there.
Visit Yu Garden which is one of China's loveliest private classical gardens and indeed a pastoral world apart from modern and hectic Shanghai. After short break in the shopping area around Yu Garden, go to wander along the Bund. It refers to Shanghai's famous waterfront running along the west shore of Huangpu River, forming the eastern boundary of old downtown Shanghai. Then free shopping on Nanjing Road, the so-called No.1 shopping street on the Chinese mainland, is being developed over the next 10 years into a world-class commercial destination.
Transfer to airport and fly to your next destination.
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