We have found that a number of our guests who visit Hong Kong expressed interest in Hong Kong’s Jewish heritage. For that reason we have explored Hong Kong’s various Jewish heritage sites and found ways to weave them into our tour itineraries.
Hong Kong’s Jewish Population
Hong Kong’s total population is close to 7.4 million people. Despite there only being an estimated 4,000 Jews in Hong Kong, their impact on the city has been substantial. The earliest Jewish traders set up in Hong Kong, Macau and Canton as China opened up to international trade in the mid-1800’s. Although most are of Iraqi decent, nowadays, approximately half of the Jewish population of Hong Kong originate from overseas. It seems that they now hail from many countries including the US, the UK, France, Australia, South Africa, Israel and Canada.
Jewish Heritage Sites
We have two synagogues in Hong Kong. The first is the Ohel Leah next door to the Jewish Community Centre is pictured above. The magnificent Ohel Leah synagogue in Central is often a surprise detour for guests. The second is Kehilat Zion in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Both have kosher restaurants and will deliver food locally. Additionally, there is the Shuva Isreal Restaurant in Central, Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Greeters is able to provide a specialist tour itinerary to include the Jewish heritage of Hong Kong. This enables our guests to discover more about Jewish influence and heritage in Hong Kong.
Your itinerary can include:
- The Ohel Leah Synagogue, Midlevels
- The Jewish Cemetery, Happy Valley
- The Peninsula Hotel and Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
- The Verandah restaurant, Repulse Bay
Please let us know on the booking form, what you are interested in seeing. Our guide Nadia is the perfect guide for these tours, as her mother was Jewish.
How we can Tailor you Tour
Hong Kong Greeters provides customised private tours for visitors to Hong Kong. We can tailor our Jewish Heritage itinerary to include other sites that interest you. Perhaps you would like to head up the Peak and admire the famously expansive view. If shopping is on your agenda, there are plenty of markets to explore, either for souvenirs or to see how locals shop. There are many beautiful temples, which would contrast neatly with a synagogue visit. Equally, there are lots of unique buildings, statues and other quirks of Hong Kong life, peppering the streets.
Alternatively, we are able to offer this itinerary in the comfort of a private, air-conditioned, 8-seater vehicle. Please visit our private Walking Tours page here or our Car Tours page here for details on pricing.