Lashio is a trading town set in a mountain basin 855 meters above sea level and inhabited mostly by ethnic Shan-Chinese and Chinese, due to its proximity to the Sino-Myanmar border. The town is located at the southern end of the famous Burma Road. Mya Kantha Hill in the northern part of town offers good views of the city. The steady traffic at Myanmar’s largest Chinese temple, dedicated to the goddess of mercy, Quan Yin, is testament to Lashio’s strong Chinese population.
A pagoda on the top of the hill which supposed to be older than 2000 years. However, it looks like a spot for young people and gives you opportunity to overview the area around. Morning market: strongly recommended! You will find people from all the villages and hill tribes around dressed typically selling foods or handicrafts. Plus you will see Indian, Burmese and Chinese people all around. You will be the only western in all the town. North of Lashio, near the train station, are two different Buddhist pagodas. One is called Bodhi Ni Tau with 2000 Buddhas in lines on the hillside. Also at this location is a large stack of rocks that are interesting to explore. Also, Shwe Kyaut Gu is a Shan monastery built into a cave, which is between the golf course and the university.
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