Passover in Shanghai – a Classical Tour of China

19 days


We will give you unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. We will celebrate the holidays at a 5-star hotel in Shanghai and have all our meals with the Jewish community with Mashgiach Efraim Bezalel with the supervision of Rav Katzin – Head of the Spanish Beth midrash in Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter.

Shai Bar-Ilan Geographical Tours, the leading religious tour company in Israel, specializing in providing quality organized kosher vacations and tours for the religious public since 1980 are renewing the Jewish tradition and will celebrate Passover at a 5 star hotel. Hong Qiao State Guest Hotel Shanghai>>>

Join us on a classical tour to China. You’ll see the best that China has to offer when flowers are in bloom, and temperatures are warming up, but not yet too hot and celebrate Glatt Kosher Passover in Shanghai.

See the classic symbols of China – the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors, Guilin, cruise along the Li River, Mount Yao, Hangzhou, Zhouzouang and Shanghai – as you cross the country and take in its celebrated cities.

Read about Passover 2013 in China as was celebrated by US Jewish couple that were traveling with us last year:
What made Passover this year different from all other Passovers for the Zelinghers of Marlboro? “Most memorable of all was Passover in Shanghai — a city with a significant Jewish past”… Read the article in JNNJ>>>


Day 1: Thursday March 29, 2018: Arrival in Shanghai
Arrival in Shanghai, 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. Arrival and transfer to our hotel. In the evening we will enjoy a Cruise on the HangPu River.

Day 2: Friday March 30, 2018: Shanghai
Today we’ll make our way to the Shanghai Museum, one of the most important and best loved museums in the world. After the visit we will continue to the French quarter. After the tour will go back to our hotel and start the preparations for Passover Seder.

Day 3: Shabbat March 31, 2018: Shanghai, Yom Tov
After prayers and breakfast, we shall go for a walking tour.

Day 4: Sunday April 01, 2018: Shanghai, Yom Tov Sheni
After prayers and breakfast, we shall go for a walking tour. Today we will celebrate our second feast. In the evening we will see a spectacular Acrobatic Show.

Day 5: Monday April 02, 2018: Shanghai
This morning we shall visit the Jewish Quarter – 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. From there we’ll continue to the YuYuan neighborhood, Shanghai’s “Chinatown” with its bustling shopping center and beautiful gardens. After the visit we will return to our hotel

Day 6: Tuesday April 03, 2018: Shanghai – Hangzhou – Shanghai
This morning we’ll depart by Bullet train for an excursion to Hangzhou, a city surrounded by the most famous tea plantations in China. We’ll be amazed by this “Switzerland” of China, its western lake, gardens and promenade. The city’s ancient quarter is one of the most special in all of China. We’ll visit a Chinese pharmacy to learn about Chinese medicine, and also one of the most beautiful wooden houses in the world. This will be followed by a visit to a tea plantation Ling Yin Temple (One of the oldest and best Buddha Temple in China. After the visit we will return to Shanghai.

Day 7: Wednesday April 04, 2018: Shanghai
Today we will continue our sightseeing of Shanghai. We will walk on Shanghai’s famous Bund promenade along the Huang Pu River, where the city’s famous 19th Century colonial buildings are located. We will also visit Jin Mao Tower, located in the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone in Pudong, Jinmao Tower is the second tallest building in China, third tallest in Asia and the fourth tallest in the world. We end our day at Nanjing Road for shopping.

Day 8: Thursday April 05, 2018 Shanghai– Zhouzhouang
Today we’ll visit Zhouzhouang, the famous town and glorious in the eyes of many in China and also the fairest. The town is surrounded by water, pillared Lakes, streams and canals that connect to other towns and villages nearby. We will take a walk through the streets and picturesque views over the canals will crank up the many bridges. We will see Chuan Fu Temple, the largest Buddhist temple that sits on the banks of the Lake. We will return to our hotel and start preparing Passover

Day 9: Friday April 06, 2018: Shanghai , Yom Tov
After prayers and breakfast, we shall go for a walking tour. Today we will celebrate our second feast.

Day 10: Shabbat April 07, 2018: Shanghai, Yom Tov Sheni
After prayers and breakfast, we shall go for a walking tour.

Day 11: Sunday April 08, 2018: Shanghai – Guilin
Afetr breakfast we then fly over the karst mountains to the beautiful city of Guilin. After arrival we will visit the Reed Flute and the Elephant Trunk Hill.

Day 12: Monday April 09, 2018: Guilin, Longsheng
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.

Day 13: Tuesday April 10, 2018: Guilin, Yangshuo
After breakfast we will see the magnificent views from the top of Mount Yao which we shall reach by Cable Car (if weather permits). We will continue to a cruise upon the Li River, one of the most beautiful and famous journeys in China and maybe in the entire 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, Jiang Yimou, the man who also produced the Beijing Olympics opening and closing ceremonies.

Day 14: Wednesday April 11, 2018: Guilin – Xi’an
In the morning we will depart for the airport for our flight to Xi’an. After arrival, 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.
In the evening, we will see the colorful Tang Dynasty Show.

Day 15: Thursday April 12, 2018: Xian – Beijing
Today we will visit one of the wonders of the world: the immense Terra Cotta 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 Hua Qin Springs, which became famous as the place where Chiang Kai-shek was captured and from where he escaped. After the visit we will drive to apt and fly to Beijing

Day 16: Friday April 13, 2018: 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. Later we shall visit Tiananmen Square, the central square of Beijing, capital of China. Its name means The Gate of Heavenly Peace. It is named for Tiananmen Gate which stands at its northern end, and which is the entrance to the Forbidden City. The square was built in 1417. At its center stands the Mausoleum of Mao Ze Dong which contains his mummified body. Tiananmen Square became infamous due to the quelling of the student demonstrations which took place there in 1989. We will continue to the very heart of Beijing – the Forbidden City. Built in the 16th 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 return to our hotel and start preparing for Shabbat.

Day 17: Shabbat April 14, 2018: Beijing
After Shabbat services we’ll take a walking tour. In the evening we will visit the famous food market.

Day 18: Sunday April 15, 2018: Beijing
We’ll depart early 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 as well as a Cloisonné Factory and a pearl factory to learn about the production of pearls!
In the evening, we will see the spectacular Golden Mask show. You will find it unforgettable!

Day 19: Monday April 16, 2018: Beijing – Back Home
End if services. Please book your flight back home from the morning.

Dates & Prices
Tour Code Departure Return  
CHNP18 03/29/2018 04/16/2018 Book this tour
Tour Code Departure date Air + Land * Land only * Single Room**
CHNP18 03/29/2018 4490 $ 1380 $

Child up to 12 years old sharing a room with parents: $4,240


* Price per person in USD Iin double or twin room.

** Supplement for single room.

* Price of tour is subject to change due to change in Air Fare.

Need to Know

216 rooms are mostly situated in No. 6 Business Building and No.7 Executive Building, including Deluxe Rooms, Deluxe Garden Rooms, Executive Rooms, Suites and Presidential Suites. Besides, there are VIP Building, Presidential Building and Chairman Building for accommodating VIPs.

Garden Villas
There are 50 North American style villas scatters in the 200,000-square-meters garden. These delicate villas blend Chinese elements with Western style construction, and the winding paths lead to secluded quiet places. They are located under covers of shade trees and the atmosphere is extraordinary. Alive with joy of life, the space and landscape display the beauty of nature. Villas provide the experience of “home away from home”, and you will enjoy our five-star quality service.

Clark Hatch Fitness Center of Hong Qiao State Guest Hotel is the professional fitness center of this five star hotel. This garden building is a peaceful retreat from the clamorous city. We provide excellent conditions, sufficient sunshine, fresh air, lush greenery, clear horizon, free parking, warm service, superior-5-star standard, joyful atmosphere, 42-years of experience……The fitness, relaxation and entertainment are all at hand for your health, joy, and leisure. All guests are invited to use the heated indoor swimming pool, spinning sports equipment, aerobic room, yoga lessons, and sauna services and so on. All of our guests are regarded as friends and our goal is to make them happy!

Food and Kashrut
The kosher food provided is representative of the local cuisine and includes specialties of the region (Glatt Kosher – no kitniyot).
We will eat all our holidays’ meals at Mashgiach Efraim Bezalel Kosher restaurant (walking distance from our hotel).
Mashgiach Efraim Bezalel – Head of Kashrut in Shanghai.
Mashgiach Efraim Bezalel is responsible for all our operations and logistical methodology to ensure the highest standards of Kashrut with the supervision of Rav Katzin.
Mashgiach Ephraim Bezalel manages the local community affairs and all kashrut needs in Shanghai.

Meals during the tour
In Beijing Kosher food will be sent from Shanghai
In Xi’an we will enjoy a fish meal
In Guilin Kosher food will be delivered from Shanghai

Price Includes:

  • Domestic flights & local taxes as per the itinerary
  • 5 and 4 star hotels wherever available
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Comfortable air conditioned touring coach
  • Special Passover meals
  • Kosher half board & Kosher supplies for the preparation of sandwiches for Lunch
  • Local English-speaking Guides as required
  • Tips for local service providers

Price Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Chinese Visa (USD $70 for Israeli Passport Holders)
  • Travel & Health Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Shows and evening entertainment not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips for Tour Guide (Recommended: $5 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.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation. Payment in full is due 60 days before departure. A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.
• 90 days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
• 59-30 days prior to departure: 50% of total
• 29-15 days prior to departure: 75% of total
• Less than 14 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund

• Working days: Monday till Friday. Non working days: Shabbat, Sunday & Jewish holidays.

We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.

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