Hsipaw - a nightmare of nature!! (schnichla)

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March 18th 2012
Published: April 12th 2012
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Hallo again!!

The next destination from Mandaly by bus was Hsipaw in Northern Shan State. Already on the way there with the bus we drove along totally naked hills, first impression - depressing. A lot of fires where there in action and the road to there was in some parts under construction. In Hsipaw itsself we didn't see much trees either!! After asking arround we got different explanations from teak wood for the neighbouring countries to burning down for hunting, getting rid of snakes, and for getting new fields for agriculture!! I have seen this a lot but not in this extreme. To give you an image, it was hard to breathe in a city in mountainous area in the countryside because of the smog. Around Hsipaw we found a gaspipeline to china under construction and rubbish mountains burning, giving an extra flavour to the air. Because Anne was not feeling well, we didn't go to visit any local villages far in the hills. Maybe that's worth going to Hsipaw, I don't know. After 2 walks arround the city, discovering a dry waterfall and the people working on their fields with bad air around we had enough, we left this place with only good memories of Anne's birthday, Ross and Hayley (a nice couple from England) and the still very friendly people, producing peanut oil and other interesting things!!

I hope it gets better soon - we are bak to Mandalay to catch a boat to Bagan!!

Hope you are doing well!!!


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