sunset on mandalay hill

rice paddies & papayas

Sunday, February 15:  After zipping up the switchbacks of Mandalay Hill on the back of the motorbike, my driver deposits me, along with crowds of Western tourists, at the Su Taung Pyai Pagoda.  We’ve all come to see the sunset looking over Mandalay.

Sunset at Mandalay Hill Sunset at Mandalay Hill

I have to say that the sunset itself is not that great, as the air is hazy and there’s not much to see of Mandalay except a dry dusty plain.  However, I do find the glittery pagoda in the waning light quite wonderful.  I also adore seeing all the monks out and about in force.

Su Taung Pyai Pagoda Su Taung Pyai Pagoda

In the distance, I can see numerous pagodas and the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River as the sun sinks on the horizon.

Mandalay from Mandalay Hill Mandalay from Mandalay Hill

Su Taung Pyi Pagoda means wish-granting pagoda. It was built by King Anawratha in 414 Myanmar Era.  It…

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  1. I absolutely love that second photo, Cathy! Sparkling is right 🙂 I don’t think I’ve missed many of your posts because you’ve been pretty busy, haven’t you? I know you’ll catch up in an enormous rush and leave me standing 🙂 There can’t be that much more of China to see (joking) and it’s time you put your feet up for 10 minutes 🙂 Take care!


    • I’m taking a rest now, Jo, and trying desperately to catch up on all my blog posts. I went to Hong Kong, then two weeks later to Xi’an, and two weeks after that to Shanghai. Now I’m wiped out. That being said, I immediately get antsy and bored to death when I have to stay a weekend in Nanning. I’m mostly now enjoying going through my Myanmar pictures and reliving that trip now on my rice paddies & papayas blog. That was the best thing I’ve done all year. 🙂 It sounds like you had a wonderful trip to Poland. 🙂


      • Poland was hard work in some ways, because of the language, but you will never find a warmer welcome, Cathy! I’m looking forward to the Myanmar exploits. It’s on everybody’s wish list and I want to see the evidence through your eyes. 🙂 Enjoy a little peace. It won’t last 🙂


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