General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum
63 Jialing New Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing
Telephone: (86-023) 6360-9515
Admission charge: 10 yuan ($1.50)
The museum sits on the site of the former U.S. military headquarters, doubled as the general’s residence, in China during WW II when Chongqing (Chungking) served as China’s provisional capital. The museum overlooks Jialing River and covers an area of about 1.2 acres. The museum’s collection of wartime photographs is very impressive and includes many precious photographs of the Flying Tigers, U.S. volunteers revered by the Chinese. Every year the museum receives a large number of American visitors getting on or off their Yangtze River cruise in Chongqing.
Who Is General Stilwell?
General Joseph Warren Stilwell (March 19, 1883 – October 12, 1946) was a United States Army four-star General best-known for his service in China and Burma. Stilwell’s first visit to China was a vacation to Shanghai in November 1911 when he was based in the Philippines. He served his first tour in China 9 years later, which was followed by two more.
During his time in China he became fluent in Chinese. From 1935 to 1939 he was the military attaché at the U.S. Legation in Beijing (Peking). The general is widely admired by the Chinese ever grateful for the enormous contributions by the United States to their victory against the Japanese invaders.
You may go to Wikipedia to learn more about this great American hero.
We also highly recommend Barbara Tuchman’s book, Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-1945, which is available at amazon.com where the paperback costs $13.60.
China Tours That Include Visit to Stilwell Museum
All of our China tours with Yangtze cruise such as the 12-day Yangtze Explorer tour can stop by the museum before embarkation or after disembarkation in Chongqing.