The United States 'Flying Tigers' are to be commemorated by a park, soon to be built in Kunming, according to Chinese media reports. The park will be a sizeable 167 hectares, and will feature a peace gate, a friendship monument, a memorial wall and memorials to wartime figures. It will be situated near to an abandoned military airport some 20 kilometres from downtown Kunming. A Chinese/Thai/Australian joint venture will oversee the development, which is estimated to cost four billion yuan (approximately US$540m).
The American Volunteer Group, known more often by their 'Flying Tigers' nickname, were formed under General Claire Lee Chennault during the Second World War, chiefly to provide assistance to the Chinese in repelling Japanese invaders. Among other tasks, the group ran supplies across the Himalayas in so-called 'Hump' flights before being disbanded in 1942.© Copyright 2005-2021 GoKunming.com all rights reserved. This material may not be republished, rewritten or redistributed without permission.