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However, Burma's army juntas have now issued cards identifying the city with its pre-colonial name, Pyin U Lwin. And even the Candacraig is now formally known as the Thiri Myaing Hotel - but it is a name that is ignored by local people and tourists equally. More than a name shift is needed to get rid of the heritage of centuries of colonial domination, and this is one of the main features of this small city, which is located high up in the Shan Plains at 1,070m.
Colder weather and the green of the city are a welcome easement after the Mandalay plains are hot and dusty. I had left Theroux's preferred means of transportation, the railroad, and had engaged a rider to take me to Pyin U Lwin. As with all street trips in Burma, it's a rough, loud drive.
As the present manger said, a heater is "coming soon". High ceiling rooms with access to the balconies on the first level surrounding the property are US$24 singles and US$28 doubles. Initially constructed as a summery or stag quarter for Bombay Burmah Trading Company staff who came to see Mandalay during the hottest, driest time of the year, which made it so intolerable.
Later, I went to the city' s amazingly well-kept course. Enthusiastic by the teacher, I refused his invite to a round. The Raj heritage, about 10,000 Indians and 5,000 Gurkha population. The city' s large botanic garden, which was first laid out by Colonel May with the presence of Turkic POWs during the First World war is another great heritage from Roman times, Pyin U Lwin is a strong reference to the Burmese army rule despite its charms.
You can find the Army Military Academy, the Military Academy and the Military Clinic in the city and the gunmen everywhere. I suppose, a sequence that was also usual in Colonel May's time.