19 Oktober 2011

General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum – A Tribute to a Well Loved Hero

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The biggest inland city in China, Chongqing is one of the largest municipalities in the world by population. Chongqing is also known as the Fog Capital as the city is veiled by a layer of fog on most days due to its location by the river Yangtze. However, the fog is an integral part of the allure of Chongqing. This is a city in transition, with age old stilt homes still clinging to the hillsides while massive skyscrapers gleam under the sun. You can get a taste of both the old and the new while discovering the hidden mysteries of Chongqing. The city has many stories to tell especially since it was the nation’s capital during the war time from 1938 to 1945.

General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum is a must see when in Chongqing. This museum was opened to the public in 1991 in memory of an American general, Joseph W. Stilwell, who contributed immensely to the people of China. General Joseph W. Stilwell came to China in 1942 where he worked as the Commander in Chief of the American Army in the China Burma India Theater and as the Chief of Staff in the China Theatre of Operations. During this time the general became very close with the people of China and served with them side by side. The museum was the residence of the general and consists of three stories including an office, several bedrooms, two meeting rooms and a basement. Furniture dating back to the Second World War era and more than hundred articles, uniform and the manuscripts worn by the general are on display. You can easily imagine the brave four stars General Joseph W. Stilwell walking around the house during the world war.

You will be treated to a wide array of interesting dishes while in Chongqing. The city is well known for its Hot Pot. It is a steaming hot, spicy dish which you will not forget for a long time to come. However, you can easily order it less spicy as well. One of the rare delicacies of Chongqing is dog meat which is available mainly during the winter. If you like to stay safe and indulge in international cuisine the city also has a number of international restaurants where you can bite into a hot pizza or French fries.

A Chongqing serviced apartment will pamper you with the best of the Chinese hospitality. Chongqing hotel apartments offer convenience of location in addition to the excellent service. Somerset JieFangBei Chongqing is one such option where you can also enjoy a fully equipped gymnasium, an indoor heated pool and also a Jacuzzi and sauna room.