Mandalay is Burma’s second largest city (with one million inhabitants). Mandalay is located in the central plains of the country, on the banks of the Irrawaddy river. It was founded in 1857, and was the last royal capital in the 19th century. Mandalay is famous for silk weaving, mat making, jade cutting (the best in the world), marble statue making, clock making and the execive use of bicycles and motorbikes.
Image of title: Irrawaddy River from Mandalay , source: flickr / Dan Lundberg