Of course, the most "unburmese" still one of the most well-known cities and tourist sites in Burma a previously very small Shan Danu village that the locals call "Pyin oo Lwin. " It is located in the Shan Hills, about 42 miles / 68 km north-east and some 3220 ft / 976 meters higher from Mandalay to be obtained in about 2.5 hours by car. Starting with a pre Mandalay pass the plain north of Mandalay and then drive through the steadily climbing the foothills of the Shan mountains.
Pyin Oo Lwin We (1.070 meters / 3.510 feet above sea level) is a common Nurwaelya of Sri Lanka and India Dajiling three things: they are all hill stations, all pleasant and temperate weather all very British. First, because all of them are created by the British as a reminder of the "Old Country".
What was Pyin Oo Lwin, and still owes to the fact that it lies in a strategically important point in Upper Burma that there is during the height of the hot season is very pleasant "European" micro-climate and a British officer in the royal Bengal infantry colonel in May.
Once the last member of the dynasty Konbaung last Burmese King Thibaw and cruel really was (whose short, ruthless reign of seven years (1878-1885), thousands of Burmese have been killed each year) spend little time in severely alienated by the British , including sending forces into the territory of the then British India. Burma was easily captured within two weeks of the British colonial forces colonel in 1885. May stationed at the mountain station Pyin Oo Lwin 1887. He founded "in the city, will be analyzed in combination with the name of" may ", and the term Burma in the city Myo", " Maymyo "which is the name of the town is mainly known in Burma especially outdoors.
Maymyo, a small town where many Tudor-style brick and wooden houses ever Burma's best-known and most popular hill station has plenty to offer to foreign visitors and locals. The same applies to area – well known for its natural beauty made and includes green, tree-covered hillsides and picturesque waterfalls.
Something that immediately catches the eye upon arrival Maymyo slightly quota place and mode of transport out-of-time appears; Very romantic, horse / pony, long gone from brightly painted miniature cars and closed scenic times. These cars have sufficient space to sit for two passengers, but a little crowded four adult passengers squeezed into it. Depending on
view one takes, or equations favoring one looking like you just do not come pre-London street car or the American Wild West Wells Fargo a day. However, stagecoach Maymyo the main means of transport. In the town the road is a bit bumpy in them the hard seats, though. But it quickly fades into insignificance against the backdrop of a small, but still so many ways, "British" city.
The main attraction and center of the city – though not in the city center – aa day of the opening in 1917 of about 170 acres, and today some 472 hectares / 175 acres of botanical gardens, now called "Kandawgyi National Gardens "containing a large pond of about 70 hectares.
This is a very nice botanical garden and a magnet for locals as well as foreigners – even though it has been considerably expanded since it was first opened – would not exist if not for the British botanists and forestry official, Mr. Charles Alex Rogers created, one of the prisoners of war 1915-1916 with the help of Turkish gardeners world war the British army did.
is a small island in the lake, which is located in a small stupa. The garden, on the one hand, the natural landscape, on the other hand is a professionally organized, superficial park, but not enough to not give a bird's eye view on the top floor of the 10-storey high "Nan Myint Tower" to find it. The tower was built resembling a Burmese-style watchtower. From there to a more aware than even walking on the ground that the center of the garden is a botanical study; colorful, aesthetically arranged mixed trees, plants and flowers. That is, fields and thus pines, chestnuts, oaks, poplars and dotted with brightly colored flowers of different colored spots such as rhododendron, orchids and chrysanthemums, and so on with a wide range of areas in different shades of green.
What makes all this natural light from both the park and the whole region can be apart from the expert Landscaping of the park with the rich soil of the very favorable micro-climate of this mountainous region that much cooler (up to 18 degrees Celsius) as the hot plains, but never so cold that freezes, although it can get quite cold this reason, visitors from the hot plains Maymyo / Pyin Oo Lwin be recalled that brings socks and sweater is definitely recommended.
This is the perfect atmosphere out two things. First, to all kinds of trees, plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables, both native and European sprout in abundance throughout the year and, secondly, that this is a very pleasant living environment for people.
perfect, temperate weather results in the fact that Maymyo / Pyin Oo Lwin and around it is a major supplier of high-quality vegetables, fruits, coffee and flowers not only himself in the city and in the lowland markets closer region (Mandalay contents), but farther and remote cities including Yangon yet.
Speaking of fruits. The Europeans – especially the British – makes up your favorite fruit of the genus "Fragaria" family "Rosachilaensis", commonly known as "strawberry", getting in plenty throughout the colder months of the year. Surely, that's why we jump immediately into World War II, the Western mind early post generations of visitors to this city of the 1967 World Beatles hit "Strawberry Fields Forever".
A very pleasant living environment leads to the fact that Maymyo / Pyin Oo Lwin soon after captured the British transformed refuge in European, especially English-speaking business people, civil servants and military personnel, with the result that many companies and individuals started to build large and small, "mansion- English country style" houses. Not only many are still standing, but they are also surprisingly well-preserved the original architecture. On the other houses, but the building marked with a strange but interesting and more often than not it beautiful Anglo-Indian style mix.
The city is dotted with numbers, which are well above the 100 such Edward Tudor-style teak wood and brick buildings stand solemn witness Maymyo colonial era. One of them is the "Canda Craig, the former chummery the" Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation (BBTC), today Maymyo / Pyin Oo Lwin in the "Thiri Myaing Hotel & # 39 ;.
was in the discussion of exploits between the Bombay Burmah Trading Company Burmese king Thibaw and the UK made the British draw the line, which in turn led to the third Anglo-Burmese war, and ultimately to the founding of Maymyo.
this BBTC was engaged in wood-based business (teak logging) it appears a lot of teak wood that was used when constructing this magnificent building in the English country house style. it is remarkable masterpiece-style sweeping staircase leads to the lobby on the first floor.
a Canda Craig lost much without the appeal of the deceased Mr. Bernhard, the chummery cook the colonial era, he was the soul of it all. Nevertheless, still bears a lot of very British features not only the building, as such a large fireplace, a "Hedera helix & # 39; (amber) covered ground-floor walls and a beautiful garden, which is embedded in, and around, but the offer: breakfast tea, & # 39; Fife-o'clock tea", roast, log fire in the fire place (if too cold), the lot.
but there is still a British element. As the rumor of ghosts haunting the Canda Craig. But this is nothing to worry about. It may well be, Mr. Bernhard spirit roaming the site of the last ditch attempt to maintain the British tradition. After all, what could be more British than a haunted house? By In the 1970s, made in 1941, American-born author and travel writer Paul Theroux described in the 1975 published book "The Great Railway Bazaar" in Canda Craig. Theroux won in 1982 for "James Tait Black Memorial Prize" for his book, "The Mosquito Coast" was a 1986 film with Harrison Ford starring)
One of Maymyo in / Pyin Oo Lwin other signs of the colonial era, apart from the previously located between Edward said, Victorian and Tudor-style buildings on the Mandalay-Lashio Road the other – the "Purcell Tower," Maymyo the clock tower, clock tower is a copy of the Cape Town / South Africa. The Purcell tower, which can be found on the Mandalay-Lashio Road city center (opposite the market) than his kin in Cape Town as a gift Queen Victoria, who lived in 1819 and 1901
Queen Victoria apparently a stickler for accuracy because it presented a lot of different clock towers during the reign of many other cities. The bell tower chimes Purcell same 16-note tune-in hour intervals to hear his sister weighs 13.5 tonnes of "Big Ben" in the House of Parliament (London), 320 feet / 98 meter tall clock tower.
the city's main street, High Street that is part of the famous "Burma Road", which connects the Indian Assam China's Yunnan – partly lined with a large number of Tudor-style houses, partly unspecified buildings architecture. The people living in these houses, like the inhabitants of many cities, a melting pot of different ethnic groups and nationalities as Burmans, Shans and sub-tribes, Chinese, and to a large extent by the Indians and Nepalese, descendants of Indians and Nepalese Ghurkhas of Titles British Indian army who put down roots here after the war.
these people still keep up with some of the old traditions both in their personal lives and work of hoteliers, waiters, gardeners, coach, etc.
a multi-ethnic population is reflected in the multi-religiosity. Christians, Buddhists and Muslims, both in their own place to worship of that deity / deities. The is located in the city's north-eastern outskirts of the beautiful Chinese Temple (10 minutes walk from Canda Craig), a bright yellow roof structures of several buildings, a large green mosque High Street (near the Purcell Tower), three churches in the Gothic style, Brigadier General structure "Shwe Hnalone marbles Catholic Church "(which is a translation of the original English name" Sacred Heart Church "in Burmese), the" Immaculate Conception Church "and" St. Michaels Church "as well as the picturesque" Maha Anhtoo Kantha Paya "and notable example to do so.
The "Maha Anhtoo Kantha Pagoda" (Pagoda reluctant Buddha), surrounded by a wall, and its terrace in the sphere crowned blade, dressed in a combination of bright white and shiny gold, by definition, a "Uddisaka Zedi" as enshrining a picture Gautama the Buddha.
Pagoda at the time of this writing only 40 years old and the incident that led to the coming to a strange note worthy. Here's the story.
The China bound truck loaded with three very difficult Mandalay marble Buddha images, passed Maymyo / Pyin Oo Lwin if for any reason one can obviously decided not to pursue the path already put down roots and Maymyo. Simply fell off a truck on a hilltop outside the city and landed on the ground without suffering any damage. It has successfully resisted all these trials is loaded back into the truck and (logically?), The simplest solution to the problem seemed to be built around the Kantha Maha Anhtoo Buddha image, it is a new and permanent home.
another pagoda, the "Gji Naung Kan Pagoda" located at the top of a hill, north of the city. From a stunning view of Maymyo / Pyin Oo Lwin and the surrounding hillside. In addition to
Other points of interest Maymyo / Pyin Oo Lwin & # 39; Dat Taw FAQ waterfall ", the" PWE Kyauk Waterfall "is located about 8 km / 5 miles from the town of Lashio direction of the Wetwun waterfall" about 24 km / 15 miles outside the city and the spectacular "Waterfall Anisaki" Anisaki the village, which is located about 8 km / 5 miles from Mandalay way.
Anisaki of a five-part waterfall, part of the center is the most spectacular.
Also worth a visit "Peik Chin Myaung Buddha Cave" is a complex of waterfalls cascading off the cave's mouth. The main sanctuary and its stalactites growing from the ceiling of the cave is about one mile from the entrance to the cave. Here you will find – around the rest of the statue – a Buddha Gautama image mudra sitting posture. This "Bhumisparsha mudra 'situation shows Gautama Buddha called upon mother earth stand witness his moment of enlightenment.