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Category: Not Yangon

Special feature: Yunnan Time Machine


Bell tower, Dali


This is our third special feature taking us away from Yangon – this time all the way to Yunnan Province in China. The history of Myanmar is unsurprisingly very tied to Yunnan, its northern neighbour, and we’ll attempt to cover a brief history of that relationship here.

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Special feature: Mawlamyine Time Machine


Surtee Sunni Jamae Mosque


Other than Yangon, Mawlamyine is my favourite city in Myanmar. It’s actually the fourth biggest in the country, and before the construction of Nay Pi Taw was the third. That fact surprised me – the city has a slightly sleepy feeling, much less frantic than the crowded urban grids of its larger siblings (Naypidaw being a very eccentric cousin in this analogy).


Special feature: Bagan Time Machine


Ananda Temple


This article kicks off a trio of pieces on other locations related to the history of Myanmar. Each has multiple then-and-now sliders, though some are less well aligned than usual as I was frequently short of time. First will be Bagan, then Mawlamyine, and then the Dali area of Yunnan Province, China.

Though the historical record is murky, we can say with some confidence that Bagan was founded around the 9th century by the Nanzhao people. The Nanzhao had migrated there from what is now Yunnan province in China (hence our journey there in a future article), and are the origin of the Bamar ethnic group today. Most historical sources refer to the city as Pagan, so I’ll use the terms interchangeably throughout this article.

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