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Taunggyi
   
Taunggyi, over 1430 meters above sea-level, is the capital of Shan State. It is a hill station, cool and pleasant all the year round. The market is crowded with ethnic minorities in their traditional dresses. It is home to some of Myanmar’s finest cheroot factories and boasts an impressive local market. The most significant festival is the annual Tazaungdine Lighting Festival (Oct / Nov). Lu Ping festival commonly known as hot balloon festival celebrates by Pa O, one of the many ethnic groups in the region. On the occasion people enjoy fun and merriment by holding firework-launching competitions. The journey from Taunggyi down to Inlay Lake area takes about an hour.
 
   
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Shan State
   
Shan state sharing border with China, Laos and Thailand is the largest province in Myanmar where many tribes' people dwelt. Taunggyi meaning Big Mountain is the capital of Shan state, and also a hill resort located 1300 meter's elevation.

There is an Ethnological Museum to study the different hill peoples of Shan state.
 
   
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Thazi
   
Even though Thazi is in Mandalay division, it is just located 65 km west of the Shan State border and thus beginning or ending point of Shan territory. In addition it is the Yangon-Mandalay train line intersects with Bagan and Taunggyi lines. So Thazi is a small town where travelers embark or disembark from train to travel to/from Bagan or Taunggyi (Lake Inle).
 
   
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Pakokku
   
Pakokku is a tobacco trading town of the area in addition to its famous checked blankets made from cotton, and thanakha (the outer bark of the Lenora acidissima tree used as a combination skin conditioner, sunscreen and cosmetic for Myanmar women). Travelers can get there after crossing the Ayerwaddy River from Nyaung U (Bagan), either by river or more commonly by private car from Mandalay. Even though the town itself has little to offer, a further 20 km northwest of Pakokku reach you to the remains of PAKHANGYI which is a 19th century town with old city walls, an archaeological museum and one of the oldest surviving wooden monasteries in upper Myanmar.
 
   
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Salay
   
It is a small town about 15 km south of Bagan, down the Ayeyarwaddy River. U Pone Nya Museum, formerly the Yoke Sone Monastery, exhibits antique lacquer wares, wooden reliefs and a large standing gilded Buddha image. The figures carved out side the front of the building are worth seeing. An other place worth visiting is Tha-ta-na Kyaung (keythar monastery) where Tipitaka texts are housed in the large red lacquered cabinet.
 
   
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Popa
   
Some 50 km southeast of Bagan. Mt.Popa 1500 meters above sea, Mt Popa is said to be an extinct volcano last active 250,000 year ago. It is considered the abode of Myanmar’s most powerful nats and, as such, is the most important nat worship center in the country. Mt. Popa hosts two major Natpwe (spirit festival), one in the May/June and other in November / December. The Mount Popa area has also been designated as a National Park, a perfect place for eco-tourism.

   
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Bagan
   
The temples, stupas and pagodas of Bagan are the most impressive relics of the first period of Myanmar, one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia. The inventory of Bagan pagodas as documented by the Archeological Department listed the standing pagodas as 2217. In spite of inclement weather of a thousand year, which had destroyed the precious works of art, whatever survived to this day can still thrill the beholders. Notable among the ancient glory are Shwezigone, Ananda, Thabyinnyu and Dhammayangyi. Bagan is just 193 km south of Mandalay in Upper Myanmar. It is on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River, Bagan covers an area more than 42 square kilometers, dotted with thousands of 800-year old temple ruins. Although human habitation at Bagan dates back almost to the beginning of the Christian era, Bagan only entered its golden period with the conquest of Thaton in 1057 AD. Bagan is famous for its unique lacquer ware.
 
   
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Monywa
   
Monywa is situated on the eastern bank of the Chindwin River, about 136 km to the west of Mandalay, with a population of 300,000 and is the second biggest town in Upper Myanmar. It is well known as a major trade center for agriculture l produce from the surrounding Chindwin Valley. Sites to see in Monywa are Thanboddhay Pagoda with over 500,000 Buddha Images, Bodhi-ta-htaung ( one thousand Bo trees ), Ledi Kyaungteik monastery where Buddhist scriptures are inscribed on 806 stone slabs and Kyaukka village known for its own style of Lacquer ware.
 
 
 
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