Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Arrival at Yangon

On Friday 31st January we flew from Mandalay to Yangon, the cultural capital of Myanmar. It was Chinese New Year and we'd read in the paper that there was going to be events to celebrate the incoming Year of the Horse in China town, so we headed over. 

We passed the famous Shedwegn Pagoda and admired it without paying the entrance fee to go in. 

In China Town we walked around for an hour or so admiring a Chinese Temple and houses decked out with New Year decorations. A helpful chap told us that the dancing competition was the following day.

There were lots of street stalls selling unrecognisable food things on a stick. Every restaurant had their tables streaming onto the narrow, smelly, lanes. We found a place to have some very delicious steamed dumplings and watched the locals, expats and tourists passing by. It took a while to get used to seeing so many people again.

A British couple joined our table. They were the first Brits we'd met in a month and they came from Norfolk! Harleston in fact, about 30 miles from Sarah's folks. It was good to hear about their 3 months in Asia and swap stories. We had a great evening with them and hope that they managed to get their flight to Kuala Lumpur in the morning! 

The Shwedagon Pagoda in all its glory dominates central Yangon

China Town's amazing street food

Lanterns everywhere celebrating Chinese New Year

The hustle and bustle of 19th Street full of tourist, expats and Yangon's Chinese community

1 comment:

  1. Oh I do like a dumping! He he! Remember Oki Nami! xxx