Known history of Myanmar or (British) Burma

 

has at least a background of around 16 hundred years. Its probably much more but there are no historical data beyond this indicated. One of the reason is until only recently building were made only made from wood, brick and other stones were only used for sacral buildings since a longer period of time. Every couple of years there was an earthquake and / or fire which which destroyed a lot of what was known from the past.
A interesting glimpse into resent times was that Mandalay had the first street car in Asia and other modern developments which were all stopped and abandoned until the British colonialists who defined the country as a source of raw material such as wood and more stopping any development and the country suffer. Almost all negative what happen in Myanmar since then has its source in the British war and occupation.

The country is the largest of South-East Asia

and the very center is around 1000km long and 200 km wide with the Irrawaddy more or less in the middle plus the Chindwin and parallel to it the Sittang, there are a couple more bigger rivers but those are the most important in terms cultural impact transportation and as water source for paddy farming.

Climate is tropical, but in Shan state its rather tempered because of the height of the plateau whoich makes it possible to grow the same fruits, vegetable and flowers as in Europe. There is another subject in this direction and this are the mountains of the north in Kachin state with peaks of almost 6000m, means its possible to go skiing all year round in Burma. The problem is its very difficult to travel to this area, some years ago some Thai entrepreneur made a study to pull up a ski resort but gave it up because of the political situation. There is still some tropical rain forests left but huge tracks of land have been clear cut much more as it is always indicated from official sides. Another real problem in the north is the logging of Chinese people who come over from the border and cut / hit and run unfortunately they do the same with other stuff such as animals, plants etc. to do this they simply buy their way through although is not allowed officially.There is this some wildlife left with animals, birds and even tigers but poaching from Chinese is a real danger in the north, they even sell the coniferous wood they cut in the valleys to Korea and around. Also teak is quite depleted, only fast growing bamboo and other materials such as rattan are plenty. In the so called dry zone means the very center with places such as Bagan and the area agriculture is done, raising cotton, sesame, pulses, and some rice with irrigation. Trading in agriculture material is in the grip of ethnic Indian people who came in the country with the English and some before.

One of the most important Burmese resources is rice

which is grown in the  Irrawaddy Delta, among other, since there is enough water. Theoretically a abundant supplies of fish is available but almost all catches disappear into Chinese who come in from Thailand and Singapore to buy.

I had a very negative experience some years ago when I had a look around at the small harbor in Myeik and spotted a trawler unloading lobsters, when I asked the captain to sell me one, there were thousands of them Singapore guy started screaming pretending this are “his” lobsters this guy was so blocked in his unspeakable greed it’s real bad.

The captain still sold me one and asked for one dollar, imagine what this Singapore guy paid for the whole load and each lobster will be sold in Singapore for at least US $ 10,- wholesale. Actually I gave it to the hotel cook he made me dinner from.

 

Another item from the sea is mother-of-pearl

which is manufactured into pretty items such as boxes and other, they are on display in the Bogyoke market. Some of the natives of the Myeik Archipelago the Sea Gypsies, also know under the name Salone in Myanmar and Moken in Thailand are still pearl diver although there is a bigger operation with cultured pearls, have a look into the Bogyoke Market in Yangon, there are the end


Burmese resources Rice Burmese history
products for sale.Myanmar has lots of thing, oil, gold, copper, silver and other metals plus famous minerals such as ruby, jade, sapphire and other, all together the country is very rich in natural resources,

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