"Shanghai, the Oriental Pearl" Top 5 Page for this destination Shanghai Shi by honestjohn

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New Shanghai

Shanghai, situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta, is China's largest city. The city's development in the past few decades has made it one of the most important economic, commercial, financial and communications centers of China.
Look at the above picture, just imagine, there is nothing in the same place 10 years ago.

Oriental Ark for Jewish People during WWII

During 2nd World War II, some 6,000,000 Jews were massacred by Nazis, as the persecution aggravated, many Jews, being driven desperate, sought refugee in Shanghai, China as a last resort.
Shanghai received more than 30,000 Jewish refugees from 1933 t0 1940, by the time the pacific war broken out in Dec 1941, there are still had been 25,000 Jewish people lived in Shanghai, Most of them resided in Hongkou District, especially the neighbourhood of Changyang Rd, Tangshan Rd., Huoshan Rd...
In the Ghetto, the Jewish people and the Shanghai residents lived in love and good neighborhood with each other. They built their homes together with their wisdom and friendship. After War, the ghetoo no long exist, however, almost all the Jews around the world know the history that Shanghai once offered valuable shelter for them, and they never forget the ghetto in Hongkou.

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  • JohnPaulla's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2009 at 5:39 PM

    Interesting little snippets.......keep going.............

  • May 23, 2008 at 11:56 PM

    I want to catch the over night train from Shanghai to Beijing next week in a soft sleeper. I do not speak chinese - will I have a problem doing this.

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2008 at 3:16 AM

    Happy birthday Jack! I was surprised about the synagogue in Shanghai. Part of history I now know of...thank you.

  • piglet44's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2008 at 8:54 AM

    Hi John so interesting I did not know about the friendship between the people of Shanghai and the Jews. very nice

  • Lunaina's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2007 at 12:30 AM

    Hi! Thanks for your tips, we will be in Shanghai in september, very much looking forward to take the Maglev train... Thanks for your tips, I will be back reading about Hangzhou!

  • ezaguryk's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2006 at 9:02 PM

    hi friend..... i will be visiting china, beijing, shangai, guanzou in octuber i am planing 1 year........veri interesting the sinagoge in china i will never expecter some jewish over there........

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2005 at 4:19 PM

    Great tips, I never knew about Shanghai's jewish heritage.

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