On the Road to Mandalay
01
Nov
2011
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Criss-cross from the top in Mandalay
Posted by: Michael | Categories: Moments

Mandalay, the very name evokes the splendors of glorious Burma!

But most people will be surprised to learn that Mandalay is not an old city, not even a medieval one, but rather a new city that was created in 1857. For some time it was the country’s capital and is still considered the cultural centre of Burmese culture. But unfortunately most of the magnificence is gone, destroyed by the fire that consumed wooden structures, by the cavalier attitudes of its colonial rulers, and by intensive bombing by the allies during the re-conquest of Burma in the Second World War.

The romance of old Mandalay might be long gone, but the Irrawaddy river and roads are putting Mandalay (Burma) in the center of the trade with China and India. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N6dvVyfLbc

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5 Responses to "On the Road to Mandalay"

  1. Ardell Melchert
    30/01/2012

    Fantastic blog post. I used to be checking constantly to this weblog & I am so inspired! Very educational info, especially the closing paragraphs. Thank you.

  2. 29/04/2012

    [...] sound of the word “Kuala Lumpur”? It gives kind of a mystical impression, maybe like Mandalay or Marrakech. I spent the last week there and learned that the name of the capital originates from [...]

  3. Amy
    26/06/2012

    Great image! The perspective is like music. Very nice.

    • 02/07/2012

      Glad that you liked it. Comparing the shot with music is nice, especially as I took in a town with the melodic name of “Mandalay”.

    • 25/08/2012

      Thanks Amy,
      since this photo I try to repeat the perspective in other places. Not so easy…

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