Day eight – Mandalay

Mandalay feels like one of the big cities of Asia – lots of cars, trucks, buses, bicycles and the craziest of them all, the motorcycles. We went for a walking tour of the city to the local markets selling everything from fresh produce to clothes to army greens.

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We then went to the jade market which was an experience. Hundreds of people were trading, buying and selling jades and we also saw the polishing and cutting process. It was a bit crazy and overwhelming in there but who know jade could be so expensive!

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Then we headed to a teak monastery built by the Chinese more than a hundred years ago. The tranquility of the monastery was a nice break from the crazy city.

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For sunset we headed up to Mandalay hill which was packed with tourists awaiting the setting of the sun. We met a lovely girl selling cards and she told us her story of how she rides 6km to school everyday and attends painting school before she heads to regular school. Very cool.

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