Exploring – Shanghai’s Jewish District

18 Sep

In November last year, my colleague and friend Cory came to visit.  He’s located in Hong Kong now (we previously worked together in Chicago) and we spent a great weekend exploring a different part of the city – Shanghai’s Jewish district in the Hongkou area.  There is a restored Jewish temple with a museum talking about the history of Jews in the city and the different waves of migrations that occurred.  In addition, if you look carefully there are still some houses with distinctly eastern european charm, even though today it is definitely a Chinese area.  We also explored in some very local areas – including a public park turned living room and a local buddhist temple as well.

I got the idea because “Time Out Shanghai” had published a series of treasure hunts with interesting walking tours and I managed to cajole someone to try one with me.  It was definitely worth it and I have done a couple of others since which I hope to post in the future.

Cory was nice enough to allow me to post some of the photos that he took that day we explored.  Enjoy!

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4 Responses to “Exploring – Shanghai’s Jewish District”

  1. Crystal September 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    This is so weird….yesterday at dinner my dad’s friend was telling us about the Jewish population in Hunan and insisted that my family has ancient Jewish roots because some of my dad’s relatives are very pale. Granted he was rather drunk. Then today I was cleaning out a random cabinet in the kitchen and found an old box of hanukkah candles??? And now your blog. Coincidence?

    • gkm2011 September 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

      It does seem like you are getting a sign. Perhaps you should do some research on the Jewish experience in China. Many things are possible!


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