Lashio

Lashio is the largest town in northern Shan State, Myanmar, about 200 kilometres (120 mi) northeast of Mandalay. It is situated on a low mountain spur overlooking the valley of the Nam Yao River. Loi Leng, the highest mountain of the Shan Hills, is located 45 km to the southeast of Lashio.

Lashio is the administrative center of Lashio Township and Lashio District. Before April/2010, it was also the administrative center of Shan State (North). The population grew from around 5000 in 1960 to 88,590 in 1983. It is currently estimated at around 130,000. The population is made up of mostly Shan, Chinese and Burmans.

Climate

Lashio has a humid subtropical climate (Cwa) according to the Köppen climate classification system, marked by heavy rains from May to October. The annual rainfall averages 54 inches (1,400 mm). The average maximum temperature is 27 °C (81 °F) and the average minimum 13 °C (55 °F). Temperatures are generally warm throughout the year, though nights are cool from December to March. The highest temperature recorded in Lashio is 42.5 °C (108.5 °F), and the lowest is −2.5 °C (27.5 °F).

Culture

Religious sites include the Sasana (Pyilon Chanta) Pagoda and the Mansu Pagoda. Yepusan spa is nearly five miles away from the city center, and is healthful in winter. Since 2000, Lashio has been important for border trade between Myanmar and China. It is 190 kilometres (120 mi) from Muse, and is situated midway between Muse and Mandalay.

Sai Mauk Kham, one of the Vice Presidents of Myanmar's new governments from the 2010 general election, is elected from Lashio constituency.

Landmarks

•    YanTineAung Pagoda

YanTineAung Pagoda

•    Quan Yin San Temple

Quan Yin San Temple

It was built about 50 years ago. It’s the main Chinese temple in Lashio and probably the largest temple in Myanmar.   

•    Natural Hot spring

Natural Hot spring

•    Sarsana Hill

•    Mansu Shan Monastery

Mansu Shan Monastery

•    Lashio Bazaar

•    HuMon Dam

•    Linnoet (bat) cave

•    Mansu Pagoda

Located on a hill to the western side of Theinni Road, and it is over 250 years old. The Mansu temple is about 5 kilometers out of town and easy to reach by bicycle or taxi. It blends in perfectly with the landscape and, as with much of Lashio, the Chinese influences are cleared in the design work.