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Lashio lies near the Chinese border with Myanmar and is a surprisingly large city for its remote location. It is the capital of the Shan Province and a hive of activity.

Its position near China means that it is the center of much of the trading activity between the two nations and business has really heated up since the recent relaxation of travel restrictions in the country.

Burma Road Start

The city itself is the beginning of the once infamous “Burma Road.” It was built to serve the Allied forces in Burma and extends all the way to central China and the city of Kunming.

The road to Lashio is surrounded by a beautiful and ever-changing landscape. It may be one of the most diverse routes through the countryside of Myanmar (Burma). When you arrive in Lashio, there’s a certain modernity that is noticeable. The city’s many Chinese guests are catered to by an array of newly built hotels and it’s one of the few places where getting a room isn’t too much of a challenge.

The food as might be expected is an exotic blend of Burmese and Chinese cuisine, though the best can be found in the night markets that dot the city. Given the rarity of Western visitors to Lashio, the Shan community can be forgiven for its great curiosity when it comes to travelers. All questions are delivered in a warm and welcoming manner and, unlike in China, there’s very little pointing and staring at foreigners.

Buddhist Temple

The major attraction in Lashio is a Buddhist Temple. The Mansu temple is about 5 kilometers out of town and easy to reach by bicycle or taxi. It blends in perfectly with the landscape and, as with much of Lashio, the Chinese influences are clear in the design work.

It’s likely that with the rapid investment in the Myanmar economy that Lashio will change rapidly over the coming decades. It has great potential as a growing trading hub with China. Visitors should get there quickly to see the city at its best.

Source: Myanmarburma.com