Taunggyi is positioned 17 miles / 27 kilometers or a one-hour's bus drive from Nyaung Shwe and 1.800 ft / 550 meters above the Inlay Lake. Taunggyi is the identify of each, the 'Taunggyi' or 'Excessive Mountain' and the Southern Shan State's administrative capital Taunggyi. The highest of the pine-clad 'Excessive Mountain' – about 6.000 toes / about 1.800 meters excessive – provides a ravishing scenic vista of the picturesque Inlay Lake and its environment.
The city Taunggyi was through the British colonial period seat of the Shan parliament with its 36 Sawbaws and based by the extremely revered British officer Sir James George Scott. James Scott was an professional on Burma and its historical past and writer of the well-known e book 'The Burman – His Reside and Notion', which he wrote beneath his nome de plume U Shway Yoe.
Geographically, Taunggyi was in Yawnghwe State and like eg Maymyo / Pyin Oo Lwin and Kalaw a hill station. It was inbuilt 1896 to exchange Fort Steadman. Annually there was a Durbar in Taunggyi when the British Officers and the Sawbaws met to debate Governmental affairs adopted by a night of social gathering. It was a spot of respite for the British and different foreigners who got here right here to take a break from the warmth of different areas of the nation.
Taunggyi is a busy and enterprising city with however a number of traces of its colonial previous left. It’s fairly affluent however does in any other case not draw a lot consideration. For vacationers Taunggyi itself has not a lot to supply and is due to this fact like Nyaung Shwe extra a place to begin for excursions to the lake and the sights in its environment than a spot to remain for longer. Its factors of curiosity are however a number of, particularly the Taunggyi market, the Taunggyi museum and the 'Want Granting Pagoda'.
The 5-day-market in Taunggyi is kind of a powerful affair. It is vitally native as right here the pageantry of the varied Shan Plateau hill tribes is colorfully dressed of their conventional costumes coming collectively to talk, change newest information and promote their agriculture produce and different items.
The Taunggyi museum (Shan State Museum) is housed in a moderately modest and small constructing however its displays are very attention-grabbing. For many who are enthusiastic about ethnology that is the place to return to. Displayed are, amongst different, the normal costumes, instruments, weapons, music devices, and many others. of fairly a lot of tribes and sub tribes such because the Ahka, Tai, Kachin, Lisu, Latha, Yanglai, Palaung and Danu.
Positioned on high of a hill some three kilometers / 1.9 miles south of Taunggyi is the 'Want Granting Pagoda'. This pagoda is closely frequented by each Buddhists and superstitious individuals.
These individuals do consider – and deeply so – that to go to this pagoda will lead to what the pagoda's identify guarantees: that their needs can be fulfilled, in different phrases, their desires will come true. Nicely, it’s value a attempt however, in fact, I can’t give any assure as to the end result. Nonetheless, what is certain is that the views on Taunggyi are superb from right here.
Taunggyi additionally has some cheroot making factories.
If one can’t go to the Inlay Lake through the Thadingyut Pageant of Lights on the finish of October, the time of the Tazaungdine Pageant of Lights that takes place 4 weeks later is the very best time to return to Taunggyi. The 4 weeks between these two Festivals of Lights are referred to as 'Kathein' and is the interval throughout which Buddhists donate new robes – the 'Kathein Thingan' (those that can afford it donate the 'Padonmar Kathein Thingan', the robes created from Lotus fiber yarn from the weavers in Chaing Kham), slippers, umbrellas, hand followers, water filters, and many others.
The time of 'Full Moon of Tazaungdine' is the time when throughout Tazaungdine the 'Lu Ping Pageant' that’s originated by the Pa-O is held. This pageant is marked by daytime and night-time hot-air-balloon contests. The balloons during which to construct their creators put numerous money and time are large (some meters excessive, extensive and in diameter) and are for the daytime competitors principally made within the form of spiritual buildings resembling pagodas or animals each actual and legendary resembling Hintha birds, dragons, horses and elephants. These hot-air balloons are very spectacular, to make certain, however much more so the with lots of of candles brightly illuminated balloons of the night-time contests, that are principally made within the form of globes.
Mixed with the teams of actresses and actors that carry out the folksy type of theater, the 'Anyein Pwe' that’s involved with episodes of the on a regular basis life, the teams of musicians and dancers that current dance theater, referred to as 'Yein Pwe', the various distributors that promote toys, balloons, snacks and drinks and the comfortable and homosexual total ambiance the Lu Pin pageant actually is an occasion that may be very unlikely to be forgotten.