**DUE to the effects of COVID-19 on travel in general and especially on travel to China, we have discontinued our travel business.

Our CST# 2070111-40 is no longer valid.

We hope to offer free assistance to our tour operator, Asia Holiday Travel, Inc., once tours to China become possible again.

We are leaving this site up in the interim for our many past clients since there are many references that are still of interest.

Any tour information shown on this site is a reference to our very last tour - 2019.**


See "BUZZ BUGGY" - the last C47 to fly across the HUMP (Himalayas)
- from near Sydney, AU - nearly 7000 miles all the way to Guilin, China - honoring our WW II vets!
Larry Jobe, President of the Flying Tigers Historical Organization, and the crew took over 3 months to accomplish this from Aug. 15 to Nov. 19, 2016 as they faced daily challenges and two engine failures along what was originally planned as only an 8-day itinerary.

You can view photos online of our past tours, the new Flying Tigers Park & Museum, and the saga of the HUMP flight,
among other things, on http://china9a.smugmug.com - use current password of "FeiHu" to ENTER the site (this is NOT a login);

CLICK ON: Special Extras for links to the above photo site plus videos and other special links!

TRAVEL AIRE 's Annual Exclusive "American Aviators VIP Tour of China"
SPECIAL $3549*
ALL 5-star - 19 days - March 19 through April 6, 2019
A shorter option may become available if enough interest is shown.
Call for details!
TOUR the huge NEW Flying Tigers Guilin Heritage Park and Museum
which had its Grand Opening on our 2015 Tour
and a special Dedication Ceremony for the recent arrival of "Buzz Buggy" on our 2017 tour
- at the site of the Flying Tigers' old WW II Airfield oustide Guilin ("Kweilin" in WW II).
CLICK on "ITINERARY" link at top right of this page for full details.
General information is below.

Please CLICK HERE to view ITINERARY page which shows details of the 19-day Tour.


Call us toll-free at (866) 669-2288 or E-mail us at ChinaVIPTour@aol.com.

**Be sure to add "ChinaVIPTour@aol.com" to your E-mail Address Book
so that any reply will not end up in SPAM folder.**

**The initial deadline of Oct. 24th to guarantee space on this special tour has now passed...BUT...**
we are still able to request space for you to join this tour - contact us ASAP for your best chance.
***We are once again gathering a VERY special group of people for this very special tour,
and may again include family members of the Flying Tigers AVG , 14th AAF, and CBI.
We are treated as a special VIP DELEGATION from the USA each year.***

To sign up for our 2019 tour, please refer to the instructions in Item #2 of the FAQ page. While we do take note of your intentions by E-mail or by phone, mailing in your deposit check with your completed and signed Reservation Form is the only way to actually hold space on the tour or on the inevitable wait-list. The Reservation Form is also on this web site In the list at top-right of this page) and can be printed out for filling out by hswers most of the early questions commonly asked by all. Just CLICK HERE to view the FAQ page now or click on the link to the FAQ page on the upper right-hand side of this page to take you there. Once you have signed up, you will be given instructions for how to access more tour specific support as well as another future section which will be location-specific for tour guidance and suggestions for airline travel, each city destination, and the cruise ship, etc.

Note: We continue to strive to keep our high-end tour offered at a low-end price by utilizing both this web site and the use of E-mail for two-way communications. It is very important that you either have your own access to the Internet OR can arrange to have a friend, neighbor or family member offer to provide this on your behalf if you yourself do not use a computer.

Note: If you are or know someone who is a Flying Tiger from WW II (AVG, 23rd FG, 14th AAF, CBI Hump Pilots, etc., incl. ground support) - and is in good health for international travel - and would like to be included on the 2019 tour as one of our special VIPs, please call us at (866) 669-2288. We also like to include family members of these WW II heroes to view the land their relative(s) helped to save.

PLEASE NOTE: We have been so honored and privileged to escort a number of Flying Tigers with our group since our first VIP tour in 2004. It is so wonderful to see how the Chinese receive these fine heroes from days gone by and still remember them with such awe and respect. We hope to be able to escort more in 2019 but cannot promise this at this time as age is taking its toll on these remarkable heroes. We do have several who are in their 90's who are hopeful of going and have had 4 in their 90's tour with us before. Regardless, we do expect to have a some very special people with us and will keep you informed as the departure date looms closer.

We promise the same historic and amazing VIP tour in 2019. We hope to continue to offer this annual tour into the future because of our passion for China and our shared WW II history. We have been going to China since the 1990's and enjoy a wonderful relationship and friendship with Mr. KC Ma of Asia Holiday Travel. Mr. Ma has been very supportive as we have developed our own special version of his basic marvelous tour of China. Our clients truly come away with a 1st class experience for a remarkably low price and wonderful memories and many new friendships. While this must be the last year that we personally escort this tour due to various medical issues, we will continue to try to offer the tour without us along. We know the very high quality of this tour will continue into the future even without our personal participation on the actual tour itself because of Asia Holiday Travel.

Nearly Annual (since 2004) American Aviators VIP Tour of China – of special interest to Aviators and WW II History Buffs:

-----Tour Gen. "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell's Museum at his WW II headquarters in Chongqing ("Chunking" in WW II) and visit the new and growing Flying Tiger Museum and Gallery across the street.
-----Special permission from the Guilin government to visit the old WW II YangTang Flying Tigers airfield which is the site of the new Flying Tigers Guilin Heritage Park & Museum.
-----Hear the stories of the local Chinese who helped to build the airfields and helped to rescue our downed fliers.
-----Attend a dedication ceremony for the new glass-walled building to house the C47 "Buzz Buggy" and spend a day exploring this wonderful aprk adn museum followed by a very special evening of events along with our VIP banquet - with heavy media coverage. Dignitaries from both the US and China will attend.
-----See "BUZZ BUGGY" - the restored C47 (DC3) on display at the Flying Tigers Guilin Heritage Park following its historical re-enactment HUMP
FLIGHT from Australia which arrived on Nov.19th, 2016 and which honored the WW II vets of the CBI and CNAC. Our VIP group will be allowed to board and explore this 1944 aircraft and view the primitive equipment used by its crew, mostly in their 70s, to fly it from AU to China.
Tour as VIP guests the huge (16,000 sq. ft.) NEW Flying Tigers Guilin Heritage Park & Museum.
-----Explore Gen. Claire Chennault's Command Cave at the airfield used by the Flying Tigers of both the AVG and the 14th Army Air Force near Guilin ("Kweilin" in WW II) and meet some of those who helped to create that field out of a rice paddy, stone by stone.
-----Participate in a donation ceremony of artifacts for this new musuem at the evening VIP banquet.
-----Receive a special rubbing from the stone tablet inscribed by Mrs. Claire Chennault (Anna) as a gift to everyone by the Mayor of Guilin.
-----Special visit to the largest aviation museum in all of Asia (outside Beijing) with special government permission - much of it built inside a mountain and with acres more on display outside as well as new additional museum buildings housing more aircraft.
-----See all the Great Sights of China in the company of fellow aviators and possibly with some of those who flew and fought there in World War II and/or their family members - hear the stories of those who were shot down and rescued or captured (Please see note at the bottom of this page).

Highlights of the Tour include the following:

-----Beijing: See Summer Palace, tour Forbidden City and nearby Tiananmen Square, get a special photo op of the 2008 Summer Olympics stadium ("Bird's Nest"), experience the Great Wall before it is crowded with vendors and other tourists - all among many other sights - plus a special tour of the largest aviation museum in all of Asia, ETC.
-----Yichang: Jet directly to Yichang. Board our ship well ahead of all other passengers - the only group to enjoy dinner.onboard that first night.

-----Yangtze River Cruise: Aboard the NEW 5-STAR cruise ship "Yangtze No. 2" - newest & largest on the Yangtze River with 2 elevators & all cabins with private balconies - cruise through the Three Gorges (China's Grand Canyon) & visit the world’s largest dam site - then experience proceeding through the 5-stage locks of this great feat (final stage was completed in 2009). Other shore excursions included with the tour: a special Shennong Stream experience (pulled upstream by "Trackers") or the gorgeous Three Lesser Gorges AND Fengdu or Wanxian to visit a local kindergarden, a street market, and the home of a family relocated by the Three Gorges Dam project - all along the third largest & most beautiful river in the world, ETC. Enjoy lectures by special river guides and take in the scenery from the fabulous and well-appointed top deck (many deck chairs and tables and chairs). Scroll below to find links for info and photos of the ship.
-----Chongqing: Tour both the Gen. "Vinegar Joe” Stilwell and Flying Tigers Museum featuring stories & photos of the Flying Tigers. Then board a high-speed bullet train for a 2-hour ride NW to Chengdu.

-----Chengdu: Tour the world-famous Giant Panda Breeding Center and watch the antics of the baby Pandas; then stroll along Remin Park (People's Park) & ancient Kuanzhai Alley (Wide & Narrow Alley)
-----Guilin: Jet to exotic Guilin where we will visit as VIP guests the site of the old Yang Tang airfield & explore the command cave used by Gen. Claire Chennault and the Flying Tigers at the site of the Flying Tigers Heritage Park. Tour the huge NEW Flying Tigers Guilin Heritage Park & Museum now completed board the C47 "BUZZ BUGGY" which recently flew from near Sydney, AU over the "HUMP" & is now on permanent display courtesy of the Flying Tigers Historical Organization. Enjoy a special VIP banquet with local dignitaries - with heavy TV & news media coverage. Cruise the scenic Li River & pass through picturesque farms and fishing villages with its thousands of limestone outcroppings. Visit the amazing Reed Flute Caves and a fascinatitg a tea plantation, ETC.
-----Xi’an: Jet to Xi'an, ancient capital of China & terminus of the old Silk Road, with the only city wall still intact which you will visit. See one of the Wonders of the World - the 8000 terra-cotta warriors and enjoy the fantastic Tang Dynasty Show & Dumpling Banquet, ETC.
-----Shanghai & Suzhou: Tour Old Town Shanghai and YuYuan Garden among many points of interest. Suzhou is the “Venice”of China & Silk Capital of the World). While there, visit the Master of the Nets Garden and Silk Factory and/or the Embroidery Institute and cruise on the famous Grand Canal. After dinner, enjoy their famous Acrobatic Show.

******5-Star Hotels******

Beijing 5* Wanda Realm or similar: http://wanda-realm-beijing.hotel-rn.com/index.htm?lbl=ggl
Chengdu 5* Crowne Plaza Chengdu West Hotel or similar: www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/chengdu/ctupg/hoteldetail/photos-tours#scmisc=nav_photos-tours_cp&
5* Lijiang Waterfall Hotel or similar: www.lijiangwaterfallhotel.com/
5* Grand Noble Hotel or similar: www.gnhotel.com/xian.index.php?Locale=en-us
Shanghai 5* KunLun Jong An Hotel-Shanghai or similar - http://thekunlunjingan.com/en/

*****5 Star Cruise Ship*****

NEW 5-STAR "Yangtze No. 2" cruise ship - newest & largest on the Yangtze River - with 2 elevators and all cabins with private balconies. For more information, CLICK ON: www.ccotc.com/cruise.do?method=queryCruiseById&id=27&menu=0

*******To VIEW and/or print a ".pdf" of photos from the above CRUISE SHIP, CLICK HERE. *******

Airport flyer being sent out:


******* To open and print a ".pdf" version of the ABOVE flyer , CLICK HERE. *******

We have been going to China since the 1990's and enjoy a wonderful relationship and friendship with Mr. KC Ma of Asia Holiday Travel. Mr. Ma has been very supportive as we have developed our own special version of his basic marvelous tour of China. Our clients truly come away with a 1st class experience for a remarkably low price and wonderful memories and many new friendships.


now completed at the site of the Flying Tigers Guilin Heritage Park

- near Guilin ("Kweilin" in WW II), China:

Re: This VERY SPECIAL Project:

Please explore www.FlyingTigerHistoricalOrganization.com, our sister website formed for our joint project with China to create a Memorial Park to the Flying Tigers at the site of the old airfield and Operations "Command HQ cave" outside Guilin (known as "Kweilin" in WW II) in SE China. China has already spent over $4 million USD for their portion of this marvelous endeavor and has asked us to raise $400,000 USD through our NON-PROFIT organization (= tax deductible for all donations) for our contribution from the USA to be applied to the restoration of the Command HQ inside the cave, etc.

The new 16,000 sq. ft. Flying Tigers Museum, designed and built entirely by the Chinese, celebrarted its GRAND OPENING during our March 2015 tour and was attended by many VIPs from both countries as well as our 3 special tour groups. The new design is quite remarkable and resembles a Stealth Bomber from above although it is based on some marvelous concepts guiding the actual design. The main entrance has the famous Shark's Teeth painted on either side and a row of small rectangular windows above on each side which resemble the exhaust stacks of the famous P- 40 used first by the original American Volunteer Group (AVG) Flying Tigers who served in China until July 1942. They were eventually replaced by the 14th Army Air Force after the US entered WW II and who served in China until the war's end in Aug. and beyond.

Additional information will eventually appear on the "Save the Cave" page on this web site - click on the "Save the Cave" button (upper righthand side of this page).

Special Event attended May 13 -15, 2014 by 3 key members of the Flying Tiger Historical Organization [FTHO] -
A Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC),
is an organization similar in concept to Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower's "People to People" organization formed in 1956.

Pictured below shaking hands with Vice Premier Liu Yandong concluding their special meeting in the People's Hall in Beijing:
Larry L. Jobe - President of the FTHO, retired UAL captain and
leader of this, our annual VIP Tour of China
Major Gen. James T. Whitehead, retired - Chairman of the Board of the FTHO
K.C. Ma, Vice President of the FTHO and President of Asia Holiday Travel, Inc. (through which we arrange our annual VIP China tour)

This special meeting with Vice Premier Liu was also attended by the son and grandson of Flying Tiger Glen Beneda as well as the principals
who have created a 38-episode TV docu-drama series titled "The Blood Chit" and based on the true story of Beneda
who was saved by the Chinese people during WW II, a very common story.

The CPAFFC 60th Anniversary Celebration ended on May 16, 2014 with a
SPECIAL appearance and speech by China's President Xi Jinping:

[above photo by KC Ma]
While in Beijing, a delegation flew in from Guilin to meet with the FTHO representatives to view a VERY LARGE book of photos
depicting the IMPRESSIVE inside of the new museum and to discuss plans for the very special ceremonies which then occurred
on our tour on March 28, 2015.


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