The ancient capitals flourished along the River Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) stretching from far north to the southern delta and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy exists as an important means of transport throughout Myanmar history. 

Myitkyina means “near the river” in Myanmar Language and is the capital of Kachin State. It is 919 miles away to the north of Yangon. Northern most river port and rail-way terminal, Myitkyina is tucked away in the corner years ago. It takes somewhere around 36hrs from Yangon either by train or car via Mandalay. Though a small town, of which population is about 305,347, Myitkyina is ethnically diverse. Kachin, Burma and Shan form a majority whilst a few Chinese and Indians. The place has been long-forbidden to foreigners and has recently become an emerging destination. Different indigenous ethnic nationals and cultures remain untouched and unspoiled. The majority of Myitkyina is Kachin indigenous who subordinates are Jimphaw, Rawan, Lisu, etc. All of them are Christian. Another fascination in Myitkyina is the Manaw ritual when the all ethnics minority dance uniformly circling the pillars erected in the field. The city is about 26 miles away to the south of “myitsone”, the confluence of Maykha and Malikha, where the epic Ayeyarwaddy River is born. It’s the most useful river in the country that flows down 1325 miles to the southern delta along which Myanmar civilizations flourished. About 148 km west of Myitkyina, there is a place called “Hpa Kant”, which is home to the best jade mines in the world. The city is pretty closed to Chinese border where it can be reached out in 4hrs driving. A large amount of Chinese products roll into Myitkyina. You can see many road-side vendors selling Chinese products around the main market. Today, Myitkyina has become more cosmopolitan.

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