Take this half day afternoon tour of Chongqing now, and experience Asian-American history forged during World War II. Visit the General Joseph Stilwell Museum, founded in memory of Joseph W. Stilwell, an American general who contributed a great deal to the Chinese people. Explore Arhat Temple, and admire the impressive entrance to the temple. Visit Chongqing Zoo, and fall in love with the adorable Chinese Panda. Come and enjoy this tour now!
The tour starts from General Joseph Stilwell Museum. The museum was founded in memory of Joseph W. Stilwell, an American general who contributed a great deal to the Chinese people.
In 1942, during the Second World War, General Joseph W. Stilwell acted under orders to come to Chongqing. He worked as Chief-of-Staff in the China Theater of Operations, and as the Commander-in-Chief of the American Army in the China Burma India Theater. The residence became the headquarters of the China Burma India Theater during that period.
General Stilwell participated in a series of political and military affairs in the CBI Theater of World War II, and cemented a profound friendship with the Chinese people fighting side-by-side in the Anti-Fascist War in China. In July 1944, campaigns in Northern Burma succeeded and a road between India and China was built under his direct supervision, which made ammunition and weapons accessible to China and brought an end to the blockade of the fascist state. The road was later named Joseph W. Stilwell Road.
President Roosevelt recalled General Stilwell to Washington in 1944. William Pace, a former American Secretary of Defense, made a special trip to the museum in 1994 and was greatly touched by how well it had been preserved.
Our next stop is Arhat Temple. Its location is a bit of a surprise: wedged tightly between skyscrapers and apartment blocks. The thousand year old building is still a place of worship and home to 18 monks (although once upon a time, 70 monks were in residence here.) The main attraction is the impressive entrance to the temple decorated with hundreds of Terracotta sculptures. This site is worthwhile even for the non-pious.
Finally, we will go to Chongqing Zoo to enjoy the lovely Chinese Panda.
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General Joseph Stilwell Museum
Start the tour at General Joseph Stilwell Museum, dedicated to an American general who played a significant role in the history of China. Explore the three-storied house, which used to be the residence of the former general, and marvel at its 1940's style.
Military Car Collection
See the bust of the general as well as the most treasured collection in the museum: the four military cars used during the Anti-Fascist War in China. These cars were utilized in the many military operations of the US forces, with the primary aim of giving aid to the Chinese.
Stop by the Arhat Temple, also called Luohan Temple, a thousand-year-old building in the midst of skyscrapers and apartment blocks in Chongqing. Discover a hall lined with 500 painted terracotta arhat sculptures and a massive gold Buddha figure.
Lastly, enter the Chongqing Zoo where you will find lush hills and tall trees along with 240 species of animals. See rare animals such as the Tibetan bear, the South China tiger, and the African elephant. Among these, the most popular are the giant pandas happily eating their bamboo sticks.
Drop-off at Your Hotel in Chongqing
Price & Options
The tour price excludes meals and drinks, personal expenses, tips and gratuities, and optional activity costs.
The tour guide will be carrying a sign board with your name on it. Please be ready at least 10 minutes prior to the departure time.
A local representative will call you or leave a message at your hotel room at about 09:00 PM one night prior to your tour date to confirm the exact pick-up details.
Should there be no messages left for you, please contact the tour operator 24 hours before the service. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.
You can book a maximum of 7.
Frequently Asked Questions
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