Nay Pyi Taw CityName of Nay Pyi Taw City
Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw is in the making
Blowing a movement in the centre of a 20-lane motorway for a photograph seems like a suicide. Founded on a arid plains among destitute farmhouses and hamlets, the city was built in just five years by the dominant army june and opened in 2005 with the handover of departments and personnel.
As Lonely Planet says,'Canberra encounters Brasilia with a strange Orcwellian twist'. While the street in front of Parlament is blocked, the sentries have no problems with us taking (long-distance) photographs of it, and at a meetings with Ministry of Hotels and Tourism officers we find out that it will be open for visits in the near term.
It is to be expected that the tourist industry will create jobs for the local people, and this is already evident in the new MGallery The Lake Garden of Accor Hotels, which has regular guests of celebrities and statesmen. Situated in a city of homogeneous, rushed architecture, The Lake Garden radiates a sense of art and craft in an haven of well-tended garden. It is a large plot and requires a pushchair to access the large indoor and outdoor pools, which have a quiet view through lush green areas to the water.
Oak Room is an intimate winebar whose characteristic Lake Garden cocktail (much too easy) slides down, and Primo, the exquisite ltalian cuisine, is already known for its contemporary Mediterranean cuisine serving in an intimate, eclectic dinning room. Mainly a city for red tape, it is rare and still a curiousity as we find it in the Uppatasanti Pagoda.
Further rides are the Precious Stone Factory (home of the world's biggest nature pearl), a aquatic gardens (best in the evenings when light and fountain work), a wildlife sanctuary and a wildlife area. There' s also a mall, but we go to a nearby village fair. Pedestrian, bicycle, rickshaw and bullock cart compete with motorcycles and lorries on the Ahara Thuka square.
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