China has a history of Jewish immigration and settlement that dates back for centuries. You might even be surprised by what there is to learn about the fascinating exchange between the Middle Kingdom and the People of the Book. Seek out the stories, past and present, of China’s Jewish community in these Chinese cities.
Not even historians can be certain about precisely when Jewish people first set foot on Chinese soil, a gap in history often answered with a combination of guesswork and Jewish mythology. Earliest records point to Jewish merchants from Central Asia who journeyed to the Middle Kingdom along the legendary Silk Road. Trade documents in an ancient form of Hebrew have been found dating back to 400 A.D. These records mark the first of many chapters of Judaism in the pages of Chinese history. For those of you wanting to know more, visiting these 4 cities is a must.