Taichung City – If you are visiting Taiwan and looking for a taste of home, you might want to book a stay at the Talmud Business Hotel in Taichung. Located on Liou Chuan West Road in Taichung City, the hotel hopes to appeal to business travelers by appealing to the Chinese fondness for Jews that seems to include a notion that learning the Talmud can somehow foster success in business. In fact, books with names such as Crack the Talmud: 101 Jewish Business Rules, The Illustrated Jewish Wisdom Book and Know All of the Money Making Secrets of the Talmud are all reportedly popular in China.
Instead of the traditional Bible in the nightstand drawer, every room at the Talmud Business Hotel has a copy of Talmud-Business Success Bible, which according to the hotel’s website is “for anyone who would like to experience the Talmud way of becoming successful.” The red interior of the hotel is reportedly inspired by “Talmud theory” to add a splash of fashion and professionalism.
While it appears that the Chinese are fascinated with Jews, their interest extends beyond the perception that Jews are good at making money. In fact, according to Google, the fourth most asked “why” question in Mandarin in 2009 is “Why are Jews excellent?”