This is an extraordinary excursion to a captivating culture. Big bustling cities with breathtaking backdrops; tasty exotic teas and fertile rice paddies; soft silk and exquisitely pleasing pearls, and the marvels of Chinese medicine – see them all up close and personal as the greatest transformation of the modern age takes place before our very eyes. Our tour menu includes the enchanting vistas of Guilin and the enchanting Li River; the cities of Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, the former home of a thriving Jewish community, Kaifeng, and quaint countryside villages. Enjoy an exciting exploration of both ancient and modern Chinese culture and of the Jewish communities that called China their home
Day 1: Wednesday- Tel Aviv – Shanghai
Depart Tel Aviv and arrive Shanghai on Thursday.
Day 2: Thursday- Shanghai
Shanghai is the second largest city in China, and by all accounts the most modern.
Visitors are often amazed at the sheer number and variety of architectural styles of its skyscrapers. Throughout today’s tour of Shanghai we’ll acquaint ourselves with its varying characteristics. We shall visit the former Jewish Quarter-HongKou, a fascinating and unique story in itself. We will see the museum that will acquaint us with the story of the refuge given to the Jews during World War II. We will continue to the Yu Yuan Garden and French Quarter.
Day 3: Friday – Shanghai
This morning we will see Shanghai’s famous Bund promenade along the HuangPu River where the city’s famous 19th century colonial buildings are located. We’ll make our way to the City Planning Museum, one of the most important and best loved museums. We will visit a silk factory to learn about the traditional production of silk and to see the silk products of today. We will continue to the JinMao Tower for a panoramic view.
After the city tour, we will return to our hotel to prepare for shabbat.
Day 4: Shabbat – Shanghai
After Shabbat services we’ll take a walking tour near the hotel. In the evening, we will enjoy a Cruise on the HuangPu River
Day 5: Sunday – Shanghai – Wuzhen – Shanghai
Today we’ll visit Wuzhen, a beautifully preserved Chinese village in the water. We will see and learn about their traditional crafts and enjoy a boat ride. We shall then drive back to Shanghai.
In the evening we shall see a spectacular Acrobatic Show.
Day 6: Monday – Shanghai – Xi’an
In the morning we will depart for the airport for our flights to Xi’an. We will visit one of the city’s picturesque quarters to see the Grand Mosque, a building that serves as a center for more than 50,000 Muslims. It bears a striking resemblance to the ancient synagogue of Kaifeng, China.
Day 7: Tuesday – Xi’an
Today we’ll visit one of the wonders of the world: the immense Terracotta Army that the great Emperor Qin Xi Huang Di prepared for himself for his “eternal life.” We’ll view the mountains at the foot of which lie the Huah Qin springs, which became famous as the place where Chiang Kai-shek was captured and from where he escaped.
In the evening, we will see the colorful Tang Dynasty Show.
Day 8: Wednesday – Xian – Luoyang – Kaifeng
After breakfast we shall be transferred to the train station to board the High Speed Train to Luoyang in Henan Province in Central China. Luoyang is the setting of the famous novel “The Empress” by Chan Se. Along the way we shall stop to explore the Longmen Grottoes or as they are known by their other name: “The caves of the 1000 Buddhas” that were discovered in an amazing natural setting, in a place that became known as “The Gate of the Hei River.” The site is located among green mountains and enjoys clear waters and pleasant weather.
We will also the visit the Shaolin Monastery located at the base of the Song Mountains – best known for the teaching of Kung Fu Martial Art.
The monks here display unbelievable physical abilities achieved through meditation and concentration.
Day 9: Thursday – Kaifeng – Guilin
After breakfast, we shall tour Kaifeng. We will proceed to Kaifeng’s ancient Jewish Quarter where thousands of Jewish families once lived and worked going back to Talmudic times. We shall stroll through streets bearing Jewish names and we will try to arrange a meeting with some of the remaining Jews in Kaifeng. Recently many of the descendants of Kaifeng Jews have begun to reclaim their heritage and have gone to Israel to study and convert to Judaism.
We’ll visit Millenium Park, a beautiful setting where there is a display of paintings, pictures, and srtifacts of the Kaifeng Jewish Community. We then will transfer to the airport for our flight to Guilin; Arrival and transfer to our hotel where we will have dinner.
Day 10: Friday – Guilin
In the morning we will visit the Reed Flute Cave and see the magnificent views from the top of Mount Yao which we will reach by chairlift.
We shall then return to our hotel to prepare for Shabbat.
Shabbat – Guilin
After Shabbat services, we’ll take a walking tour to the Elephant Trunk Hill.
Sunday, Guilin – Yangshuo – Guilin
In the morning we will set out on a cruise upon the Li River, one of the most beautiful and famous journeys in China and maybe in all the world. Along the banks we will see the magnificent green karst mountains and then arrive in the small town of Yangshuo, a charming town with a magical atmosphere. In the evening we will see a spectacular show, the “Impression Sanjie Liu” that was produced by China’s most famous producer, Zhang Yimou, the man who also produced the Beijing Olympics opening and closing ceremonies as well as films such as “Raise the Red Lantern.”
Day 13: Monday – Guilin – Longsheng – Guilin
Today we will get up early for our trip to an area north of Guilin. The trip to Longsheng is picturesque, strewn by rice fields, tea plantations, and filled with villages populated with people of some of China’s ethnic minorities. We will stop for some pictures of these villages nestled in the foothills of the rice terraces and bamboo forests. We will see some of the Yao and Dong minority people. Later we will drive to Guilin’s airport where we shall board our flight to Beijing; Arrival and transfer to our hotel.
Day 14: Tuesday – Beijing
Today we will visit the most impressive place in Beijing, the Temple of Heaven. We will see the Chinese people in the park that surrounds it playing badminton, doing Tai Chi, dancing, and socializing. We will visit the grounds of the Temple of Heaven which was an important ceremonial center.
Then we’ll depart for the greatest wall in the world. The Great Wall of China is the largest construction project ever undertaken by man– measuring over 6,000 kilometers. Large sections of the wall were built between the 7th and 4th centuries BCE, over 2500 years ago. For hundreds of years, according to security needs arising from political conflicts in different ages, some sections of the Great Wall of China were added and strengthened while other sections were neglected.
The Great Wall is made up of three primary components: passes, signal and watch towers, and defensive walls. Walking along the Great Wall will enable us to sense the historical dimension of the project.
Afterwards, we’ll visit the very best place in all of China to shop for cloisonne!
In the evening, we will see the spectacular Golden Mask Show. You will find it unforgettable!
After the show we shall stroll along Wangfujing food market.
Day 15: Wednesday- Beijing – flight back home
Today we will see the very heart of Beijing. We will go to Tiananmen Square which is the central square of Beijing. Tiananmen means the gate of heavenly peaces. The gate of the same name stands at its northern end which is at the entrance to the Forbidden City. The square was built in 1417. At its center stands the Mausoleum of Mao Ze Dong and it contains his mummified body. Later we shall visit the Forbidden City. Built in the 15th century, as the palace of China’s Ming Dynasty Emperors, it’s an impressive example of traditional Chinese architecture. We’ll traverse the entire length of the Forbidden City, as we view the many splendid palaces and vast courtyards. Used as the set for the film “The Last Emperor”, it was indeed forbidden to the Chinese masses until the onset of the revolution at the beginning of the 20th century. We will visit a hutong, traditional Chinese courtyard home on rickshaw, and then we will have some free tie at Beijing’s famous Silk Street Market. After dinner, we will make our way to the airport for our fight home.
We’ve had an unforgettable experience, seen a beautiful and fascinating part of the world, and developed an appetite for more.
Day 16: Thursday – Arrival home!
|Tour Start Date||May 19 & September 8, 2016|
|Tour End Date||June 2 & September 22, 2016|
|Price with flights from Tel Aviv||$5,355|
|Price for land only||$4820|
|Pre/Post night||$110 per person, per night BB|
|Arrival/departure transfers||$40 per person, per way|
Domestic flights & local taxes as per the itinerary
4* Hotels wherever available
Entrance fees as per the itinerary
Comfortable air conditioned touring coach
Kosher half board & Kosher supplies for the confection of sandwiches for Lunch.
Local English-speaking Guides as required
Price Does Not Include:
Chinese Visa (USD $70 for Israeli Passport Holders) VISA TO CHINA IS MANDATORY FOR ALL WESTERN NATIONALITIES
Tips for local service providers $130
Travel & Health Insurance
Shows and evening entertainment not mentioned in the itinerary
Tips for Tour Guide (Recommended: $3 per person per day)
Miscellaneous expenses such as departure fees, visas, security surcharges etc
Important to Know:
There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.
Kashrut on Tours
Kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. We work with the local Rabbinate to provide Hashgacha for all local ingredients and fresh meat and poultry. In some cases, we fly in kosher food from Israel and other sources, depending on the destination of the tour. We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations. In many destinations we have our own crockery and cutlery. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in Hotel kitchens, we ensure proper Kashering and we use our own kitchenware on kashered and covered surfaces. All this is done under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides that function as our Mashgichim. Our travelers enjoy satisfying meals prepared by our team including fresh local fish, fruit, and vegetables. This is an integral part of Jewish travel. We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions