Myitkyina is the capital of the Kachin State, about 1500 km from Yangon. It is the northernmost railway terminal. It is situated at the confluence of Maikha and Malikha streams. This is where mighty Ayeyarwaddy River starts. It can be reached by road, rail, river and air.

The city has a population of about 150,000, a mixture of Kachin, Shan, Bamar, Chinese and Indians. Major religions are Christianity and Buddhism. American Baptist missionary George J. Geis  arrived in Myitkyina in the late 1890s and in 1900 requested permission to build a mission there. Overland trade route to India and China, and the Second World War supply line to China along the Road pass through Myitkyina. The town was strategically important because of the route of the Ledo-Burma Road.

Myitkyina is known for its Manao Kachin New Year festival in January, where all Kachin tribes in their colorful costumes gather to celebrate the grand occasion with traditional dances, and traditional rice wines.

Hpa Kant is located in 148 km west of Myitkyina. It is famous for its jade mines which produce the world's best quality jadeite.


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