|STATE & DIVISION
Location: Shan State, lying in the eastern
sector of the country is situated between latitude 19° 00' and 22° 15' north
and 96° 26' and 98° 4 7' east longitudes. It is bordered by Kachin State on the
North, the People's Republic of China on the North and East, the Lao People's
Democratic Republic on the East, Thailand and Kayah and Kayin States on the
South and Mandalay and Sagaing Divisions on the West. Its total land area is
60,155 sq. miles. Of the states in the country, Shan State is the biggest with
the largest population.
According to the latitude location except the northern
sector, other sectors of the Shan State have a tropical climate with low
temperature as they are hill regions. In the coldest months of December and
January, the average temperature of the region is 70°F (21°C) to 80°F (26°C).
The highest temperature in Konglung, Lashio, Hsipaw and Nyaungshwe towns in low
valleys, is 100°F (37°C) at daylight. Rainfalls are over 60 inches at the hill
and over 40 inches in the valleys. Not only South-west Monsoon brings rainfalls
into the state but also waves of whirlwind from South China Sea produces
rainfalls in late monsoon.
Population, inhabitants, religion and languages: The
estimated population of Shan State in 1999 is 4,702,000 million with average
density of 75 per sq. mile. The population is dense in valleys and areas along
railroad and motor roads and sparse in hill regions where agriculture and
communications are diffcult.
Inlay Lake region is an area with a strange lifestyle.
People in the region live at houses built on the edge of the lake. There are
many national races residing in Shan State. Shan nationals reside in river
valleys and valleys throughout the state while Danu, Taungyoe, Inn-than
(Inn-hsa) and Bamar nationals live in the west of Shan State. Palaung (Ta-aung)
lives in the northern Shan State, especially in Namhsan, and Pindaya, Lawksawk
and Mongkai townships in the southern sector. Pa-O nationals are seen in the
south of the State, Kachin and Lisu (Lishaw) in the north, Kokang in Kokang
region, Wa (Lwela) in Hopang Township on the east of Thanlwin River and Eikaw
(Arkha) and Lahu in Kengtung region.
Most of the inhabitants believe in Buddhism. There are also
many Muslims, Christians and Hindus in the region. Myanmar is the mainly used
language in the region where national races also speak different dialects.
Formation of districts, townships, villages and wards:
District of the State are Taunggyi, Loilem, Lashio, Muse, Kyaukme, Kunlong,
Laukkai, Kengtung, Mongsan, Monghpyak and Tachilek. Shan State is formed with
54 townships and 193 wards and village-tracts. The capital of Shan State is
Forest: There are dried mixed deciduous forests in
the areas with an altitude of under 3,000 feet above sea level in Shan State,
hill forests in the areas with an altitude of above 3,000 feet and pine woods
in the areas with an altitude of above 4,000 feet. Bamboo grows in the forests
with trees. Kyun (teak), Pyingadoe, Padauk, In, kanyin and other hardwood trees
grow in the forest in low areas. Turf is seen in the areas where were
deforested due to farming work. Shan State has over 200,000 acres of forest
Sown acreage and crops .produced: Shan State has over 1.5 million acres
of cultivated areas consisting of over 500,000 acres each for paddy and crops
cultivation, about 200,000 acres for hill-side cultivation over 8,000 acres of
land formed by the process of silting for cultivation and over 200,000 acres
for gardens. There are about 450,000 acres of irrigated areas for cultivation
in the state. Terrace-fields are seen in Shweli Valley and other valleys and on
smooth hill-sides. Crops cultivated in the state are paddy, wheat, maize,
sugarcane, beans and pulses, onion, garlic, sesame, groundnut, sunflower,
sebesten tree leaf, Virginia tobacco, tea plant, coffee, pear, orange and
damson. Crops, edible oil crops, kitchen crops and perennial crops are
cultivated in the south of Shan State and tomato, other vegetables and flowers
on floating islands in Inlay Lake region.
Significant products: Shan State is rich in
natural resources. Tungsten is found in the west of the state, silver, lead,
zinc and minerals at old rocks in Bawdwin region, the northern sector. The
minerals are also found in Yadana-theingi and Bawhsaing areas. Iron is found in
Pinpet, Hopong, east of Taunggyi, and between Taunggyi and Hopeng, manganese is
found. Shan State produces coal. Diamond is found in the environs of Momeik and
gems in Namhkan Township. Logs of timber are floated to the Ayeyawady through
using Shweli and Namtu (Myitnge) rivers. Pine is produced a little in the state
for regional use and for turpentine. Minerals from Bawdwin Mines are refined in
Bawdwin and Namtu to produce silver, lead, zine, antimony and copper.
Yadana-theingi Mine produces silver and lead sent to Namtu to be refined. Gems
are produced in Pyinlonnawarat Gems Land in Namhkam and Monghsu Township Gems
Bawdwin and Namtu have refineries and lead and
silver melting plants. Langkho has factories producing Virginia tobacco for
pipe smoking. There is a turpentine mill in Kalaw where Mongkai paper industry
has been seen. Inlay Lake region has silversmith, blacksmith and textile
industry. Textile products of Inlay Lake region is the public favourite. Green
tea is the significant product of Shan State. Orange from Aungban is
Geographical, historic and interesting places:
Padalin Cave in Ywangan Township is an interesting place because of evidences
which say human beings lived there over 10,000 years ago. The Inlay Lake, 14
miles in length and seven miles in width, is well-known and called "Small
Mountain Sea" as a metaphor.
Cultural and social festivals: February 7
is Shan State Day. Festivals of Inlay Phaungdaw U Buddha Image, Pindaya Shwe
Uhmin Pagoda, Taunggyi balloon, Moebye Pagoda, Pa-O Meehsyu, Hsipaw Bawgyo
Pagoda and Pindaya Pagoda are famous.
Raido/ TV relay stations and microwave stations :
There are TV relay stations in 57 towns of Shan State. Residents in 49
townships of Shan State and Mandalay Divisions enjoy TV programmes through
those relay stations.