Passover in China 21 Days

Celebrating Passover in Shanghai, combined with a Classical tour of China

Registration for this trip is delayed trip, pending the World Health Organization announcement.
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.

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

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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. In the evening we will visit the famous food market.

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We will visit the grounds of the Temple of Heaven which was an important ceremonial center. We’ll continue to 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. In the evening, we will see the spectacular Golden Mask show. You will find it unforgettable!

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It bears a striking resemblance to the ancient synagogue of Kaifeng, China. In the evening, we will see the colorful Tang Dynasty Show.

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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.

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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.

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Visitors are often amazed at the sheer number and variety of architectural styles of its skyscrapers. After check in, we will have a panoramic tour of the city. In the evening we will enjoy a Cruise on the HangPu River.

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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 and start the preparations for Passover Seder.

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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. In the evening we will see a spectacular Acrobatic Show.

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Will continue to the silk production factory, follow the procedure “expropriation of Bombyx Mori to the fashion world”. Will enjoy the garden and Palace architecture. In the evening we would love to invite you to the Chinese Garden House. This is a performance that shows us the culture disappears.

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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. After the visit we will return to our hotel and start the preparations for Shabbat. We will return to our hotel and start preparing Passover.

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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. return to our hotel to prepare for Shabbat.

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* Price per person in USD double or twin room

** Supplement Price for single room


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 $100 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.

Kashrut on Tours

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.

The meals:

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.

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
• 60-90 days prior to departure: $300 + $100 per passenger
• 60-30 days prior to departure: $500 + $100 per passenger
• 30-14 days prior to departure: $1,000 + $100 per passenger
• Less than 30 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund

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