Our third part of more about Shanghai Walks. We are heading to the north of Shanghai, the celebrated Shanghai Ghetto. Less than 50 yards of Ti Lan Qiao stop off the metro line 12, we are at the Jewish quarter in Hong Kou district. Back in the 30s and early 40s, about 30,000 Jewish people lived in this area, once supposed to the only area where Jews felt safe in the world in that time.
Jewish people has been historically associated to Shanghai for commerce and business interests since 1840s, Sasson and Hatton are the most influential ones among them, they left their brilliance in Shanghai’s landmark. However, you get more insights about Jewish life in Shanghai when you visit the Ghetto, where you learn the story how this city accommodated their arrival, especially in the turmoil of the war in Europe.
Jewish Quarter remains much the same structure as it was, refugee’s shelter, white horse inn, Synagogue (now it’s converted into a museum, our blog image), Former distribution committee, HoShan Park, office of treasury. The former Synagogue is renovated to its original look, open to the public, volunteers give the tour guides. Some previous residents contributed their possessions to the museum and their stories are simply moving. Currently about 14000 survivals name are engraved on the right wall, every now and then more names are added with visitors’ information.
The neighbourhood is an reserved area, where the local authority takes pride for preserving its authenticity. Café (White Horse Inn) and Park (HoShan Park) are carefully maintained their characters, on the back of the park, the former JDC building is restored by Israeli government’s fund.
You will need about a couple of hours to visit this area, a worthy trip to get to know about the city.
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