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Inle Lake 茵萊湖

The lake is situated 1328 meters above sea level and is surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Shan State. Inle Lake is well known for its floating villages and gardens, and colorful markets. Visitors will always remember the image of a fisherman standing at the stern of a alender boat while rowing in the one-legged style which is characteristic of Inle Lake. Gardens of grass and earth float on the surface of this shallow lake; floating strips of "land" for growing vegetables. Another attraction besides the enjoyment of the scenery is a visit to the "jumping cats" monastery where the monks have trained the resident cats to jump through hoops.


Pindaya Caves 濱德雅山洞

Pindaya nestled at the bottom of some very imposing hills Shan state. This delightful little town situated at 1164m above sea level and is 40km from Kalaw. The down centered round a lake called Nattamiekan or Angels Lake. The town's symbol is a spider, according to the legend, seven princesses bathing in the lake took refuge in the cave during a storm where they were imprisoned by a giant spider. This small twon is famous for its caves (Pindaya Cave) which house thousands of centuries-old Buddha images. The Pindaya caves along the cliff are believed to contain more than 8,000 images. The caves are set deep in the hillside and there stands at the entrance, a 15 meter high Shwe U Min Pagoda. Here one can see many Buddha images made from alabaster, teak, marble, brick lacquer and cement which have been put there over centuries and arranged in such a way as to form a labyrinth throughout the various cave chambers.



At an elevation of 1,430 meters, this western Shan state town offers a pleasantly cool climate. A main attraction is the morning market in the center of town where you can see colorful hill tribe-people.

Kalaw 格羅鎮

Kalaw, which lies about 71km west of Taunggyi, is a beautiful hill station surrounded by pine trees and forests. This was the popular former British Hill stations. It is at the altitude of 1,320 meters. It is a picturesque village surrounded by pine forests and has some of Myanmar's most beautiful gardens. From Kalaw there are good trekking and hiking possibilities to the neighboring hill tribe villages, which still function the same as they did centuries ago. Fans of natural beauty and peaceful sites will surely get their money's worth. The road leading to Kalaw and Pindaya offer breathtaking sights of the landscape and are somehow reminiscent of the beautiful Alps region in Europe.


Lashio is the trading centre for the northern Shan State at the begining of the famous Burma Road leading into China. From Mandalay you can reach Lashio by road in a day. Lashio has one of the most colourful markets where the local villagers from the surrounding areas gather for their daily shopping. It is a mountain town at 855 meters. A scenic train or drive from Mandaly is the usual mode of travel.


Indein is one of the small villages of the Inle Lake located on the western bank of the lake. A Buddha image has enshrined at a whitewashed stupa, which is on the summit of a hill. Below the stupa around the hill are cluster of hundreds of ancient stupas most are ruins overgrown with bushes. The pagoda hill is quiet and calm. One could feel the pleasant cool breeze with the sweet rings of the bells hanging at the umbrella of the stupa. Mesmerizing view from pagoda hill release the fatigue and refresh everybody who asccent to the peak. This mysterious place is at the end of the marvellous indein creek, which connected with the Inle Lake just after the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. The creek is narrow with many twist and turns. Since the both sides are paddy fields you can see the farmer ploughing and harrowing by water buffaloes. At many places in the creek the farmers dam up the water by bamboo barriers to irrigate the paddy fields. Indein water is not only useful for irrigation also for bahting and washing clothes. It is compulsory to see Novice monks, buffalo boys and village girls wash and swim in the creek. Around Indein village are two groups of ancient pagodas, Nyaung Ohak and Shwe Inn Thein. The first site near the boat landing is Nyaung Ohak, which translates to "group of banyan trees". Most of the pagodas here have not been restored and are in various states of repair; some are well preserved, while others have plants and trees growing out of them. Many pagodas are decorated with sculptings of celestial beings or mythological animals as Naga serpents and Chinthes. Some enshrine images of the Buddha. Indein is one of the villages that host the Inle "5 day market", the market that is held in a five day rotating cycle in five villages around the lake. The Pa-Oh people who live in the surrounding hills sell their crops here. The village is best known for its many ancient pagodas in many shapes and sizes and in various states of preservation. While some have been restored, others are in their original crumbling state.



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