Inle & Enviroment



Taunggyi

Sits on the peaks of Shan hills at the altitude of 1600-meter, Taunggyi (or) The Big Mountain City, was established by the British in 1880s as British’s summer palace. Nowadays, Taunggyi became the capital of Southern Shan State, and almost the third largest cites of Myanmar with population around 400,000, comprising Shan, Pa O, Kyain, Kayah, Indians, Bamars, and other Shan sub-groups. Due to the immense development in the past decades, the city’s colonial charm has already been lost. Nevertheless, the main market, Shan state cultural museum, and a couple of Buddhist shrines overlooking the city are a few places worth looking for. In November, Thaunggyi hosts for one of most popular festivals in Myanmar, where people make hot-aired balloons in the shape of animals to offer the sky-spirits, in the form of competition. Due to the ethnic insurgencies, overland travel to the east of Taunggyi is officially off-limited.

Inle

The most attractive site of Shan State is Inle Lake. Mystical, magical, and outrageously beautiful are a few of the words used to describe the azure Inle Lake nestle amidst the mist-shrouded Southern Shan plateau. This picturesque Lake is surrounded by hazy blue mountains and situated 900 meters above sea-level. The lake is 22 km long and 10 km wide with floating islands, floating villages. Inlelake is famous for outstanding beauty of its natural inhabitants and unique living style of Inthar. This minority tribe earns their fame for a unique way of catching fish with conical-shape fishing gear, and rowing the boat by standing at the stern of a slender boat, rowing with one leg! There’s so much life on the lake, where Inthas busy growing things on the floating lands, or getting the fertile lakebed mud and weeds to be used as natural fertilizers; fishermen squatting on the stern approaching quietly over the fish-like movements before thrusting the trap to the lake bottom; whereas the other villages on the lake may specialized on the produces from gorgeous Silk and Lotus fiber woven fabrics, Blacksmithing of various farming or kitchen utensils, beautiful silverwares of various designs; and Shan traditional lacquer ware; to making of cheroots, the local cigar, while people inhabited on the shores may focus on growing of much needed rice, and other crops including sesames, sunflowers, leeks, garlic, onion, potatoes, and cabbages. The most prominent sites are the colorful 5-Day marketplace, the remarkably beautiful & fascinating ruins of Inn Dein and Sagar villages, PaungDawOo pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist site of all southern Shan state, where four out of five out-of-the-shape Buddha images make annual tour in October in the form of procession to the villages on the lake with decorative barge dragged by the leg-rowers on the specially made-up lengthy canoes.

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