About Myanmar (Burma)
Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country's largest city, is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, which contains Buddhist relics and dates to the 6th century.
The Charm of Myanmar (Burma)
1. Abundant forests, natural attractions, and wildlife A bit bigger than France and slightly smaller than Texas, Myanmar covers 261,228 sq miles and borders (clockwise from the west) Bangladesh, India, China (Tibet), China, Laos and Thailand, with 1,199 miles of coastline facing the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. The country's south is similar to Malaysia and its north to northern India. The centre is an overlap between the two, producing 'zones' whose uniqueness is manifest in the scenery and creatures that hop around in it..
2. Culture and history hidden in the industrialized stateBurmese literature has been greatly influenced by Buddhism, notably the Jataka Tales. Many historical works are nonfiction. However, British colonisation introduced many genres of fiction, which have become extremely popular today. Poetry features prominently, and there are several forms of poetry unique to Burmese literature. By 1976, only 411 titles were published annually, compared to 1882, when 445 titles were published. Various factors, especially the lengthened bureaucratic process to obtain printing permits, censorship, and increasing economic hardship of consumers because of the socialist economic schemes, contributed to the decline of Burmese literary output.
3. Highly developed transportation and industrial hubThe main highways are as follows: 1 - Runs from Yangon to Mandalay, passing through Bago, Taungoo, Pyinmana and Meiktila. 2 - Runs from Yangon to Mandalay, passing through Pyay, Magwe, Kyaukpadaung and Myingyan. 3 - Runs from Mandalay to Muse, on the border with China, passing through Lashio.
4. traditional food in MyanmarBurmese cuisine is mainly an amalgam of cuisines from various regions of Myanmar. It has also been influenced by various cuisines of neighbouring countries, in particular, China, India and Thailand. Modern Burmese cuisine comes in two general varieties: coastal and inland.
5. Traditional transportation Venture into rural Myanmar in true Burmese fashion, as is one of the rare forms of transport within the villages. Trishaws are said to be invented in Myanmar, and was the most popular form of transport in colonial times – so popular that it had the electric tram companies closing from bankruptc.
6. Traditional beverage Toddy is a traditional Myanmar drink that is made from fermented palm sugar and tastes like rum.