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China to build anti-war garden to commemorate historic "24-zig" on Stilwell Road

09-07-2010 16:36 BJT

GUIYANG, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Southwest China's Qinglong County, Guizhou Province, will invest 160 million yuan to build an anti-war cultural heritage garden to commemorate the historic "24-zig" road, part of the famous Stilwell road, said county officials.

The road was nicknamed "24-zig" because it has 24 sharp bends on a high mountain in Qinglong County, 320 kilometers from Guiyang, capital city of Guizhou. The road is about 4 km in length and at a height of 250 meters.

It is the most famous part of the Stilwell Road, also known as the Burma Road, the crucial lifeline that linked the Chinese battlefield with allied forces 65 years ago during the World War II.

Along the road, tonnes of guns, ammunition, food and other badly needed materials were carried by U.S. trucks to China to fight against the Japanese troops, Chen Yalin, head of the county's administration of cultural relics said.

"We plan to build the garden so visitors from around the world can appreciate historic cultural relics and remember history," Chen said.

The Stilwell Road was a single road built between India and China's Yunnan Province. However, the international community usually regarded the whole traffic network in southwest China as part of the famous road, which was named after Joseph Stilwell, commander-in-chief of allied forces in the China-Burma-India war theater.

The garden's construction will be completed by July 2011.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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