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Oo Pyin Lwin Attractions - Maymyo Hill Station
Only 42 mile away, at an altitude of over 3,500 ft above sealevel, Maymyo matched the bill and all the equipment of the Burmese Coalition that departed for Maymyo every sommer.
Railroads were constructed to link the city to Mandalay, the jungle was evacuated and the Brits started to fill their summers capitol BC with viktorian and artificial Tudor villas, a course, a botanic gardens and all the amenities of the house. An official from Britain said that Maymyo was "a part of Surrey rather than Burma".
This may be what drives it forward, but the Pyin Oo Lwin of today certainly has a comfortable feeling for it. In contrast to the other South Asian hillside resorts such as Simla or Murree, where the building is close together and unsafe on the edge of the cliffs, Maymyo lies on a flat plateau with lots of room for gardening, houses and gardening.
Maymyo returned to his pre-British name Pyin Oo Lwin after gaining sovereignty, which means "pleasant mountain meadow". The name Maymyo (May Town) was given to Colonel (later Major General) James May by the Bengali Infantry of the Fifth Infantry, who led the military service there in 1886. During my Pyin Oo Lwin trip I tried to learn a little more about my cousin May to see if he could be a remote ally.
The only thing I could find was the above picture that was on view at Governor's House. From his records in the British Library we know that he was 1837 and 1903 and that he was honoured for his services in the 1858 mutiny of India, the Bhutan expedition of 1864-65 and Burma of 1886-87.
Kandawgyi Hill Resort, formerly a house-style settlement, now a beautiful resort. Legendary writer George Orwell (real name Eric Blair) was a Burmese policeman in the 1920''s. A part of his policing education was in Maymyo. His novel Hommage to Catalonia recalls his first glimpse of the city:
"When you get out of the railroad car (in Maymyo), you enter a different sphere. "If you still walk through the city today, you can still smell the fragrance of blossoms and blossoms while the strawberry remains one of the key Pyin Oo Lwin ingredients. One of the picturesque means of transport here is the mythya, a horse-drawn coach resembling a miniture stage invented during the Great War.
Several of the cabins and villas have retained their characteristic UK home titles, such as this one, Upperfold. The Charlotte Wheeler-Cuffe, who was involved in the creation of the National Kandawgyi Gardens, grew up in a home in England named Upperfold, so perhaps this was her home in Maymyo. Çandacraig is the most popular settlement in Pyin Oo Lwin.
Because Pyin Oo Lwin is located on the Mandalay to China frontier highway, it is not strange that there is significant China presence in the area.
It is the most important Chinabuddhist sanctuary in the city. Pyin Oo Lwin has a number of historical looking colleges, some of which were established during the UK period. Although it is a "socialist paradise", there seems to be a boom in privately-run grammar colleges, and in Pyin Oo Lwin there are a number of posters that boast the high examination scores of top student stars at these colleges.
Undoubtedly in English style, this old shack at St Nicholas seems to have been rebuilt into a small chapel. Speaking of denominations, the Catholic Sacred Heart began its existence as a Catholic Evangelical denomination. Across the street is the Maymyo English Cemetery, which I will be writing about later. Anglia's principal in Maymyo was the All Saints Cathedral, erected in 1912.
Several commemorative tablets remind us of the English rulers who were eventually based in the Maymyo, such as the Welch Regiment, the Gurkha rifles, the Gurkha rifles, the King's Own Borderers and the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. Downtown has more contemporary building, but none over four floors. The Monklets gangs of pink-clad nunice sisters regularly collect charity in the city.
Though this part of Myanmar is predominantly Buddhist, there are in the city beside the already mentionned church also Buddhist Temples and Mahques. Governor's House is a reproduction of an historic house that was constructed between 1903 and 1905 and served as the British governors' residency until 1942. In 1942 the buildings were destroyed by the bombings of Japan.
Although the central part of the hostel is open to the general public, it can also be booked for a sojourn. There are 5 suite, an in-door swimming pools and a small pub and can be booked for 1500 US$ per nights for the whole hotel inclusive breakfasts, which is probably not too bad if you have a large group that wants to celebrate a big time.
One has to divide the place with wax figures of the former gouverneurs, who might get a little scary in the midnight! There is a small open-air micromuseum and a tea/ice creamer. For more information about the attractions of Pyin Oo Lwin, take a look at this website.
In the Royal Parkview Hotel, which is well situated and has some personality, I lived, but there are a number of other places in the city.