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Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Myanmar, Pyin Oo Lwin

Pwin Oo Lwin, previously known as Maymyo, was the British Hill Station during their occupation of the country. It now houses a lot of government organisations and military training centres on the approach roads including the enigmatic Internet City("nothing happens there" said the guide and I can't find anything about it on the internet but it's big and it's there). However the provincial city itself is pretty unchanged and the air is fresh and cool. It's a bit like Dalat with British colonial architecture instead of French.

Flowers are one of the biggest exports and they travel downhill on motorbikes or trucks
while uphill trundle the trucks heading for China - it's about a 10 hour trip from
where these pictures were taken.

Flower delivery

Big flower delivery

The colonial architecture is still very evident. This picture shows a house which is only
used for a few weeks of the year as a holiday home, that might explain why the croquet lawn
is in such a state.

Colonial building

Hillstations seem to bring out the enterprising in people, certainly the sign makers are taking full advantage of any opportunities to replicate well known companies.

Holiday Inn


Alas it rained so we didn't get a chance to see the Famous Flower Garden which was a real pity as it had a horse and cart constructed entirely from flowers at the entrance.

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