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