Mandalay, the capital of last Burmese Kingdom,"
City of Gems" is cultural center of Myanmar
(the Golden Land), situated in the heart of Upper Myanmar. The city
lies at the hub of river routes from China and India, and land routes
from the Shan massif and Siam
beyond. It pulsates with life and trade. A city of markets and
monasteries, (with a monastic population of over 100,000), Mandalay is
the economic and religious center of Upper Myanmar. It has been said
that to know Mandalay is to know Myanmar.