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.READ MORE
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
After prayers and breakfast, we shall go for a walking tour.
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.
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.
This morning we’ll depart by Bullet train for an excursion to Hangzhou, a city surrounded by the most famous tea plantations in China.READ MORE
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.Close this
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.READ MORE
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.Close this
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.READ MORE
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.Close this
After prayers and breakfast, we shall go for a walking tour. Today we will celebrate our second feast.
After prayers and breakfast, we shall go for a walking tour.
After 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.
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.READ MORE
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.Close this
After breakfast we will see the magnificent views from the top of Mount Yao which we shall reach by Cable Car (if weather permits).READ MORE
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.Close this
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.READ MORE
It bears a striking resemblance to the ancient synagogue of Kaifeng, China.
In the evening, we will see the colorful Tang Dynasty Show.
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.”READ MORE
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.Close this
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.READ MORE
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.Close this
After Shabbat services we’ll take a walking tour. In the evening we will visit the famous food market.
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.READ MORE
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!
End of services. Please book your flight back home from the morning!
* Price per person in USD double or twin room
** Supplement Price for single room
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
Chinese Visa (USD $70 for Israeli Passport Holders)
Travel & Health Insurance
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.
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.
Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.
Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.
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.
On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.
It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.
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 working days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
• 89-60 working days prior to departure: 25% of total.
• 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.