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14 Day China & Yangtze River Jewish Heritage Tour
Jewish Heritage in China Tour
Discovering Jewish history in China
Tour Code: 8YE14JH
Beijing, Zhengzhou, Kaifeng, Xian, Chongqing, Downstream Yangtze River Cruise, Shanghai


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 cruising!


DAY 1 • Tuesday • San Francisco to Beijing

Fly transpacific aboard United Airlines, bound for China. Cross the International Date Line.


DAY 2 • Wednesday • Arrive Beijing

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

DAY 3 • 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 4 • 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 5 • Saturday • Beijing to Zhengzhou/Kaifeng/Zhengzhou

This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Zhengzhou, where you will continue on by motor coach 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 emigrated to Israel. Return to the Sofitel Hotel in Zhengzhou for dinner and overnight.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner

DAY 6 • Sunday • Zhengzhou to Xi'an

After breakfast at the hotel, travel by train to historic Xi'an. This evening, enjoy a buffet dinner at the Shangri-La Golden Flower Hotel .
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner

DAY 7 • 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 Tang Dynasty Theatre.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Show

DAY 8 • 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 the deluxe Victoria Anna cruise ship to begin your memorable cruise on the Yangtze River.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Buffet Dinner

DAY 9 • Wednesday • Yangtze River Cruise: Fengdu*

A shore excursion at legend-rich Fengdu shows Mingshan Hill's unique temples, with statues of ghosts and devils.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
* Alternate shore excursion may visit Shibaozhai or Wanzhou.

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 Ship Lock.
MEALS: American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 • Friday • Yangtze River Cruise: Xiling Gorge/San Dou Ping /Yichang To Shanghai*

At San Dou Ping, see the amazing 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 Radisson Plaza Xing Guo 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 motor coach then fly to Shanghai.

DAY 12 • Saturday • Shanghai

Begin your tour today at the Peace Hotel, a Shanghai landmark. Victor Sassoon, 4 th generation of a wealthy Baghdad Jewish family, built the 1930s-era hotel and was “the” place to stay in Shanghai. Sassoon occupied the top floors under the green pyramid. Continue on to the Ohel Rachel Synagogue (no entry as building is now used by the Shanghai Education Commission), built in 1920 by Victor's Uncle David in memory of his beloved wife. Visit the Ohel Moishe Synagogue, which was the center of an active Jewish community prior to World War II. European Jews fleeing Hitler's Germany made Shanghai their home during the war. Visit Old Jewish Shanghai where immigrants lived and their shops catered to the Jewish community. The old Hongkou district is 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. Finally, visit a Children's Palace which provides a range of after-school and weekend programs including music, dance, art and photography. Return to your hotel this afternoon.

DAY 13 • Sunday • Shanghai

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

DAY 14 • Monday • Shanghai To San Francisco

Transfer to the airport for your return flight. Cross the International Date Line and arrive home the same day. Or, you may choose to join our 4-DAY HONG KONG EXTENSION .
MEALS: American Breakfast


  • BEIJING: 3 nights Renaissance Beijing Hotel
    Special Shabbat Dinner and Services; Tiananmen Square; Forbidden City's Imperial Palace with living quarters, museum and jewelry sections; Hutong tour; Beijing Duck dinner party; Great Wall
  • ZHENGZHOU: 1 Night Sofitel Hotel
    KAIFENG Jewish Heritage Day Tour: Visit sites and attend lectures relevant to Kaifeng Diaspora; Dragon Palace; Jewish Quarter
  • XI'AN: 2 Nights Shangri-La Golden Flower Hotel
    Terra Cotta Warriors; Circle Vision Movie; Bronze Chariot; Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum; Tang Dynasty Theatre Dinner Show
  • CHONGQING: Sightseeing Tour
    Stilwell Museum
  • YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE: 3 nights on Victoria Cruises' ship, the Victoria Anna
    Victoria Cruise downstream; Chongqing; Fengdu; Small Gorges of Daning River or Shennong Stream; Three Gorges Dam; Yichang
  • SHANGHAI: 3 nights Radisson Plaza Xing Guo Hotel Shanghai
    Shabbat dinner with members of the local Jewish community; visit sites and enjoy lectures in this “Port of Last Resort” for European Jews including Ohel Moishe Synagogue and Old Jewish Shanghai; Children's Palace; Nanjing or Huai Hai Road shops; Shanghai Museum; Yu Garden; The Bund; Acrobatic Show
  • Round-trip transpacific air transportation
  • All intra-China air/land transportation
  • Escorted by a professional Tour Manager
  • 9 nights in deluxe and superior first class hotels; 3 nights aboard deluxe Victoria Cruises' ship in outside cabin with private balcony
  • 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel, baggage handling, hotel taxes and service charges
  • Sightseeing tours, Jewish heritage sites, cultural entertainment, other performances as specified
  • United Mileage Plus ® members: earn frequent flyer credit with the purchase of each air/land package
  • $100,000 Automatic Flight Insurance for transpacific air ticketed by PDT.


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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 San Francisco, refer to Add-On Fare Chart below.
• Minimum six (6) passengers required for guaranteed departures.
• Supplemental charges apply if group is less than six (6) members on any departure date.
• With less than six (6) members on non-guaranteed dates, we reserve the right to cancel the tour.
• Government-imposed taxes and fees, including the 9/11 Security Fee, apply and are additional. Refer to Air and Land Information in our Terms & Conditions.
• Land Only rate does not include transpacific air, or initial arrival and final departure transfers in Asia.
• Tour fares are subject to change.

ZONE 1: Not Applicable
Honolulu, HI
ZONE 2: No Additional Charges
Los Angeles, CA Portland, OR Seattle, WA
ZONE 3: Add $140.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Eugene, OR Palm Springs, CA Sacramento, CA C ANADA :
Fresno, CA Phoenix, AZ San Diego, CA Vancouver, BC
Las Vegas, NV Reno, NV Spokane, WA
ZONE 4: Add $180.00 to San Francisco tour fare
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Austin, TX Houston, TX Calgary, AB
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX Salt Lake City, UT
ZONE 5: Add $180.00 to San Francisco tour fare
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Detroit, MI Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
ZONE 6: Add $220.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Chicago, IL Columbus, OH Memphis, TN St. Louis, MO
Cincinnati, OH Green Bay, WI Milwaukee, WI
Cleveland, OH Indianapolis, IN Nashville, TN
ZONE 7: Add $200.00 to San Francisco tour fare
New York, NY Newark, NJ
ZONE 8: Add $260.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Baltimore, MD Manchester, NH Rochester, NY C ANADA :
Boston, MA Philadelphia, PA Syracuse, NY Montreal, QC
Buffalo, NY Pittsburgh, PA Washington, DC Ottawa, ON
Hartford, CT Richmond, VA Toronto, ON
ZONE 9: Add $340.00 to San Francisco tour fare
Atlanta, GA Greensboro, NC Orlando, FL West Palm Beach, FL
Charlotte, NC Jacksonville, FL Raleigh-Durham, NC
Fort Lauderdale, FL Miami, FL Tampa, FL
If your city is not shown on the lists above, please call us for information.
IMPORTANT NOTE : The above add-on fares are applicable only when using flights on United Airlines. Valid from April 1, 2008 - March 31, 2009. Fares subject to change.

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