Myitkyina and its
environs, long-forbidden to foreigners, have recently become newly emerged
destinations for international travelers, meaning the whole region with
its different indigenous ethnic nationals, and their cultures remain unspoiled,
exotic and original.
Myitkyina is the capital of the Kachin
State in Myanmar (Burma). It is the northern most railway terminal, 919 miles
from Yangon(Rangoon), 487 miles from Mandalay, and 26 miles south of "Myit
Sone", the confluence of MaiKha and MaliKha Streams.
Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy), the most useful river in Burma has its source from
"Myit Sone", and flows 1325 miles from north to south of Burma.
The water over here is crystal clear.
Burma's highest snow-capped mountain Khakabo Razi (5881 m) lies in the Putao
town, a half hour's flight from Myitkyina.
About 148 km west of Myitkyina, there is a place called "Hpa Kant",
which is home to the best jade mines in the world .
People can travel to Myitkyina by two and half hour flight from Yangon
(via Mandalay) or 24-26 hours by train from Mandalay.
but Diverse and Strong
is a small town, it is ethnically diverse. There are different kinds of
people: Kachin, Ba Mar, Shan, Li Shu, Chinese, Indian, and others.
People are friendly, and kind. They are living peacefully while exercising
their own religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism. There
are churches, pagodas, and monasteries at many places.
Basically, people open small shops for living. However, jade mining is
always a very attractive business for many people. Obviously, many people
go to 'Hpa Kant' to do jade business hoping they will get rich quickly.
Actually, there are a few people became very rich with jade business.
For others, they always have hope.
Recently, discovery of gold near the confluence, Myit Sone, has changed
Myitkyina. Not only many local people are flocking to gold mines but also
many Chinese businessmen from China, which has border with northern Burma,
are pouring into Myitkyina. Therefore, Myitkyina is filled with many new
guests who see the opportunities. The effect of the 'gold rush' is that
local businesses are getting better than before.
The appearance of private banks, Asia Wealth Bank(AWB), Kan Baw Za Bank
(KBZ), and May Flower Bank, in recent years shows the growth of Myitkyina's
Until a couple years ago, it was not easy going to China from Myitkyina
by car due to the road condition. Although Myitkyina is pretty close to
the border area of China, southwest area of Yunnan province in China,
most businessmen from Myanmar have used different route, roads in Shan
State, cross the border and go into Yunnan, and huge volume of China products
flow into Myanmar from Shan State.
The situation has totally changed these days in Myitkyina. There is a
bus station in downtown Myitkyina and many vans(they are called station
wagons in US) are sending passengers to the border of China back and forth
The cost of renting a van from Myitkyina to Lisar, the area close to the
border of Yunnan is 35,000 Kyats, and 6000 Kyats for each passenger.
It is learnt that it will take only 4-5 hours to border of China when
a new road, which is being built and expects to be finished in 2004, is
No wonder, there is sign of large amount of China products is rolling
into Myitkyina. Today, many roadside sellers, who sell China products,
can be seen in many places around the Myitkyina main market. It is said
today's China products have better quality, modern designs, and good prices.
Finally, folks in Myitkyina are enjoying using China products.
Two highways linking China with Myanmar to open to traffic
February 11, 2005
Two high-grade highways
linking China and Myanmar will open in the next two years, according
to the local commerce department of southwest China's Yunnan Province.
The highway linking
Tengchong in Yunnan with Myitkyina, Myanmar, will be finished by the
end of this year, at a cost of 180 million yuan.
linking Zhangfeng to Bhamo, Myanmar, will be open to traffic by 2006,
said an official with the department. It will cost 28 million yuan.
of the both highways started in the second half of 2004.
The official said
the reconstruction of the two highways will be "conducive to regional
economic cooperation and exchange" and help economic development.
Brief Info of Myitkyina
approx. 2510 square miles
Male: 77,039 Female:
Kachin (majority), Li Shu, Ba Mar,
Shan, Chinese, Indian, and others.
(Jinghpaw is also widely used)
Original 18 Townships
1. Thida 2. Aye Yar 3. Myo Ma 4. Min
Yat 5. N. Shan Su 6. S. Shan Su
7. Kachin Su 8. Kyun Pin Tha 9. Aye Zay Di 10. Shwe Nyan Pin 11.
Du Ka Taung 12. Yan Gyi Aung
13. Myay Myint 14. Yu Za Na 15.
Myot Thit 16. Aung Nan 17. Kay
New Added Townships
18. Shwe Set 19. Man Kean 20. Si
Tar Pu 21. Tart Gong 22. A Lae
Gong 23. Rum Bu 24. Myo Thit
Kyi 25. Nan Gwayt
Myanmar Country Code: 95
Myitkyina Area Code: 074
Call to Myitkyina: (95) 74 -phone number
1 US dollar = 940 Kyats
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