(The colorful land and center of interested tribes)
Shan is one of the National Groups of Myanmar. Most of Shan People live in their Shan State but some live it’s around. Shan State is the famous land in Myanmar because of its scenery and its colorful tribes. Visitor can make trekking hiking culture and archeological sightseeing and ethnic exploring trips.
Capital – Taunggyi
Languages Major – Shan, Myanmar
Industries – Agriculture
Car, Train, Air
Archeological & Culture – Pagodas, Monasteries, “Spirit” Worship Culture
Trekking Sites – Kyaing Tong, Kalaw and trek to Tribes Villages on Hilly region
Art & Craft – Weaving, Paper making, Lacquer ware, silver ware, handmade umbrella work shop, lotus fiber weaving, silk weaving and other bamboo products
Ethnic – Many of colorful and interested Native people, round about 12 clans
Special Activities – Visit to “ENG” Tribes villages (Black Teeth People), Padaung People with long neck ornamenting with brass coils
It is the capital of the Shan State situated at 4792 feet above sea level, on a high plateau surrounded by High Mountain. It was not a hill station but a busy trade center. There are pines, cherry and eucalyptus trees growing all over the town and the whole area is green and pleasant. Taunggyi maintains a museum of ethnology, which displays cultural objects, musical instruments, traditional dresses, household and farm implements, paintings, sculptures, art and crafts of the different national races residing in Shan State. The market on every fifth day is crowded with ethnic minorities in their traditional dresses. It is famous for its Tazaungdaing Balloon festival in November.
It is the most famous scenic spot in Shan State. Inle Lake is about 900 meters above sea level, 22km long and 10km wide and studded with floating islands. It is famous for its leg-rowers, floating villages, colorful floating market, farms and the magnificent Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. Visitors may observe cottage industries of weaving, netting and cheroot making. Other tourist attractions around the lake include Ywama and Zakah Village and Nga Phe Chaung Monastery. Ywama village is the largest on the Inle Lake. There are some beautiful teak houses built on large wooden poles. The main attraction is the floating market in the largest canal. The Ywama floating market village bustles with boats and vegetables once a week. Beyond the Inle Lake is unspoiled countryside populated by colorful ethnic minorities. The Inle lake area is renowned for its weaving industry. The Shan-bags, used daily by many Burmese as a tote-bag, are produced in large quantities here. Silk-weaving is another very important industry, producing high-quality hand-woven silk fabrics of distinctive design called Inle longyi. A unique fabric from the lotus plant fibers is produced only at Inle Lake and is used for weaving special robes for Buddha images called kya thingahn (lotus robe).
In Shan State, community markets are held on a traditional rotating basis, in which each town or village within a given area hosts a market every five days. Even around Lake Inle, every day, there is a market held at one the five designated villages. On these days, people gather from the Lake villages and nearby mountains to buy and sell.