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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay February 12th 2009

Mandalay is a harmless city with a fantastic chapatti stand (one chapatti and veggie curry is less than 35p). We were there few a couple of days and took the boat to nearby Mingun, where what would have been the largest pagoda in the world stands uncompleted and cracked (from the big earthquake in 1975 which seems to have damaged everything in Myanmar). The boat left at 9am, and we were on it after a brief argument with a highly suspicious guy claiming to be the owner. Turns out he was, but he needs to work on his people skills. The trip was only about 30 minutes but it was nice to see the Ayeyarwady river. The 'guidebook' goes on and on about week long trips down it, but what we would do for that long ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay December 28th 2008

(Day 268 on the road)We arrived in Mandalay by means of another uncomfortable overnight bus journey, that left us stranded at the bus station far away from the city centre at four o'clock in the morning. After finding a reasonably priced hotel (which took us over an hour) and a morning nap, we soon discovered that Mandalay itself is nothing special. It is a big, dusty and busy city during the day, and at night it is pitch-black and noisy, as electricity is extremely patchy and all the restaurants and hotels have their generators standing out front near the road. We planned to stay for two days, and spent the first day exploring the city on bicycle, mainly a few temples and the presidential palace (we didn't go inside however, as the palace was a) restored ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay November 26th 2008

Mandalay 23-25/11 I decide after the long bus journey from Bago not to do too much while in Mandalay. So after finding a room in a hotel downtown, I walk to watch the sunset from on-top of Mandalay Hill. The stairs were never ending. There were hundreds of steps. I had started my ascent a little too late and unfortunately I never made it to the top for the sunset. The view was far reaching. To the west you can see the wild wide Ayeyarwady River but the pollution or the combination of dust and smoke made the distance seem vague and uncertain. I slowly walk back down the concrete stairs, meeting some young monks along the way. They are studying at a Monastic Educational Centre here in Mandalay. They tell me it is the largest ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay October 24th 2008

Took a day trip to Amarapura. Dropped off on the side of the road, but managed to find our way through alleyways to the market and bridge. Main reason to come is the Ubein Bridge. It is a 1.2 km Teakwood bridge built some 200 years ago. There are 1060 posts elevating the bridge to accommodate the rising waters of the lake in the wet season. Our taxi-truck got a flat tire on the way to Inwa, so we ended up jumping onto another. This is an everyday occurance here! Walked a few kms through this beautiful wooded road to the ferry to take us to Inwa, a huge island with an ancient city. Horse carts are the ay to go here so on we went. Monasteries, temples, pagodas, the leaning tower and more.... read more
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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay October 23rd 2008

Our day trip to Kinpun started with a boat ride up river. Saw lots of daily life along river banks on route. So Mingun Paya, is a brick structure ~ 50 meters hight. Now this was only the base of the structure. Intentions were for this to be ~ 150 meters in height (3X the present size). It took 29 years of forced labour to get it to this size, then the king died and everyone stopped. Not sure on its date but it was cracked by an earthquake in 1838, crack seen in picture. Also saw here was Hsinbyune Paya which is the cover shot of the LP. ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay October 22nd 2008

After another bus ride that saw us sitting on bags or grain we arrived in Mandalay. Mandalay has little electricity and often (couple times a day and all through the night) it does not have power. The solution? massive generators as far as the eye can see in front of large buildings, on the side walk... on the street, everywhere. This makes Mandalay a loud place to sleep! With that said, the people, the food, and the sights were worth it. We stayed in Mandalay for 4 nights and visited the ancient cities nearby in the day and came back at night to sit in beer stations, eat chapati and curry at our favorite chapati stand, and even caught a mustache brothers performance! Ah the whole Mustache brothers thing, not really worth it for those going. ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay July 14th 2008

Dear Patrons: Welcome to our news letter. The Staff at Different Perspectives try to bring a clearer picture of current events effecting China and Asia . Although we believe the international media driven primarily by western world's interests, is bringing the public events as they happen, we at Different Perspectives are independent and non biased without an agenda for prestige or monetary profit. We simply feel the western world may be somewhat isolated from news that is local to our office here in Beijing, China . Thank you Different Perspectives Staff Edward This News letter is a series of edited copyrighted published articles as well as essays on the conditions in South East Asia countries from an eyewitness perspective. Recently I have returned from a 9 week tour of South East Asia and am reporting on ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay July 13th 2008

Dear Patrons: Dear Patrons, Welcome to our news letter. The Staff at Different Perspectives try to bring a clearer picture of current events effecting China and Asia . Although we believe the international media driven primarily by western world's interests, is bringing the public events as they happen, we at Different Perspectives are independent and non biased without an agenda for prestige or monetary profit. We simply feel the western world may be somewhat isolated from news that is local to our office here in Beijing, China . Thank you Different Perspectives Staff Edward This News letter is a series of edited copyrighted published articles as well as essays on the conditions in South East Asia countries from an eyewitness perspective. Recently I have returned from a 9 week tour of South East Asia and am ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay July 12th 2008

Dear Patrons: Welcome to our news letter. The Staff at Different Perspectives try to bring a clearer picture of current events effecting China and Asia . Although we believe the international media driven primarily by western world’s interests, is bringing the public events as they happen, we at Different Perspectives are independent and non biased without an agenda for prestige or monetary profit. We simply feel the western world may be somewhat isolated from news that is local to our office here in Beijing, China . Thank you Different Perspectives Staff Edward This News letter is a series of edited copyrighted published articles as well as essays on the conditions in South East Asia countries from an eyewitness perspective. Recently I have returned from a 9 week tour of South East Asia and am reporting on ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay July 5th 2008

Welcome to our weekly news letter. The Staff at Different Perspectives try to bring a clearer picture of current events effecting China and Asia. Although we believe the international media driven primarily by western worlds interests, is bringing the public events as they happen, we at Different Perspectives are independent and non biased without an agenda for prestige or monetary profit. We simply feel the western world may be somewhat isolated from news that is local to our office here in Beijing, China. Should you want your e-mail taken off the distribution of this news letter please reply here and it will be deleted immediately. We hope you enjoy the news from a different perspective. Please contact us with your questions or comments. Thank you Different Perspectives Staff Edward ________________________________________ Hsi pao, Myanmar was my second ... read more
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