14-Day China & Yangtze River Jewish Heritage Tour

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Visiting Beijing • Zhengzhou/Kaifeng • Xi'an • Chongqing • Yangtze River Cruise • Shanghai



T
his tour will help you to discover Jewish History in China.

It began in 998 AD when a group of Jews wandering the Silk Road came to Kaifeng, then capital of China. Emperor Zhenzong welcomed them and encouraged them to keep their own customs and rites. They settled down and from then on developed their business and cultural contacts all over China. Later, in the 19th century, Sephardic Jewish merchants appeared in Shanghai followed in the early 1900s by large numbers of Russian Jews. And, during World War II, Shanghai became "The Port of Last Resort" for thousands of Jews escaping Nazi tyranny. Your Jewish Heritage Tour will be filled with the exhilaration of discovery and an enriching wealth of new experiences, including the grandeur of deluxe Yangtze River cruise!

 

 

TOUR FARE INCLUDES:

 

TOUR FARE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Airport taxes, fuel surcharges & September 11th Security Fee, optional tours, China visa processing fee, tips for the guides and drivers, all personal expenses such as: excess baggage charges, extra meals and beverages, laundry, telephone calls, insurance and expenses not specified in the itinerary.


Special Notes:
• All prices are per person, double occupancy
• East Coast Cities & Other Gateways: For domestic Add-On airfares from interior U.S. cities to Los Angeles, you may call us for the assistance at 1-800-989-9028
• Land Only rate does not include transpacific air, or initial arrival and final departure transfers.
• Tour fares are subject to change.

 

TOUR ITINERARY


Day 01 Tuesday
LOS ANGELES to BEIJING

Fly transpacific aboard Northwest Airlines, bound for China. Cross the International Date Line.
Depart San Francisco on Air China's Boeing 747 wide-body aircraft and fly to Beijing. Cross the International Dateline.


Day 02
Wednesday
ARRIVE BEIJING

Upon arrival in Beijing, China's historic capital city, you are escorted to the Renaissance Beijing Hotel.


Day 03-
Thursday
BEIJING

Sightsee imposing Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City's Imperial Palace. A pedicab ride takes you through the Hutong district's ancient narrow streets to enjoy a close-up look at the heritage of this exciting city including a visit with a local family. Enjoy a Beijing Duck dinner party tonight.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Party


Day 04
Friday
BEIJING

Today, create memories to last a lifetime as you walk along the ancient ramparts of the awesome Great Wall at Badaling. This evening, enjoy Shabbat dinner and services.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 05
Saturday
BEIJING to ZHENGZHOU/KAIFENG/ZHENGZHOU

This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Zhengzhou , where you will continue on by motorcoach to Kaifeng , a Northern Song Dynasty capital whose emperor invited Jews to stay and develop a cotton industry. A synagogue was first built in Kaifeng in 1183; it was rebuilt many times due to flooding of the Yellow River , and finally destroyed by an earthquake in the 1860s. Driving through the center of Kaifeng , your first stop is at the Dragon Palace , then visit the Jewish Quarter and meet Mr. Jin, one of the Jewish descendants. He has collected old pictures and memorabilia of Jewish life. Your local guide will translate Mr. Jin's talk on the lives of Jewish descendants and their memories. As late as 1928, Passover was observed by a local family. Mr. Jin's brother immigrated to Israel. Return to the Sofitel Hotel in Zhengzhou for dinner and overnight.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner


Day 06
Sunday
ZHENGZHOU to XI'AN*

After breakfast at the hotel, a motorcoach drive takes you to historic Xi'an. Upon arrival this evening, enjoy a buffet dinner after check-in at the Howard Johnson Ginwa Plaza Hotel.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner
*Travel to Xi’an by train if group is less than 6 tour members.


Day 07
Monday
XI'AN

Tour the famed legion of terra-cotta warriors, Circle Vision Movie, Bronze Chariot and Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel this afternoon. Tonight, enjoy a spectacular dinner show at the T'ang Dynasty Theatre.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Show


Day 08
Tuesday
XI'AN to CHONGQING

Morning is free, and then an afternoon flight takes you to Chongqing. Visit the Stilwell Museum, with its collection of World War ll Flying Tigers memorabilia. Enjoy a buffet dinner at the Marriott Hotel, then board a deluxe Victoria cruise ship to begin your memorable cruise on the Yangtze River.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Buffet Dinner


Day 09
Wednesday
YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: FENGDU

A shore excursion at legend-rich Fengdu visits Snow Jade Cave, with its unique stalactite formations. River conditions may require a stop at Wanzhou instead.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 10
Thursday
YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE:
QUTANG GORGE to DANING RIVER SMALL GORGES or SHENNONG STREAM/WU GORGE/XILING GORGE
Cruise through the first of the fabled Three Gorges: Qutang Gorge, hemmed by mossy cliffs. At Wushan, an excursion takes you up the Daning River to view the famed Small Gorges. Alternatively, your excursion may be on Shennong Stream with its impressive small gorges. Sail on through Wu Gorge, celebrated for its Twelve Peaks. Now cruise through Xiling Gorge, the last and most scenic of all the gorges. Finally, sail through the Three Gorges Dam Shiplock.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 11 Friday
YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: YANG JIA WANG/YICHANG to SHANGHAI*

Morning arrival at Yang Jia Wang. Visit the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric project. Continue on to Yichang where you board your early afternoon flight to Shanghai. On arrival, transfer to the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Shanghai. Shabbat dinner tonight will be shared with members of the local Jewish Community Center.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*If direct flight is not available, drive to Wuhan by motorcoach then fly to Shanghai.

 

Day 12 Saturday
SHANGHAI
Meet at the Peace Hotel, a Shanghai landmark, to begin your tour.  First stop is Huoshan Park in Hongkou, to see the Monument for Jewish Refugees, commemorating the former Hangkou ghetto where both Jews and Chinese shared years of hardship. Visit the Old Jewish Shanghai -- where immigrants lived and their shops catered to the Jewish community. Continue on to the old Hongkou district located in a section now known as Yangpu, where much of the residential area is scheduled for demolition under a redevelopment plan. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before visiting a Children's Palace this afternoon.


Day 13
Sunday
SHANGHAI

Today see the Shanghai Museum's collection of cultural artifacts, emporiums of Nanjing or Huai Hai Road, Jade Buddha Temple and the fabled Bund. After a buffet dinner, enjoy an astonishing acrobatic show at the Portman Theater.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner


Day 14Monday
SHANGHAI to LOS ANGELES

Transfer to the airport for your return flight. Cross the International Date Line and arrive home the same day.
MEALS: American Breakfast


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