Mandalay

Mandalay (Burmese: မႏၲေလး) is the second-largest city and the last royal capital of Burma.


Located 716 km (445 mi) north of Yangon on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River, the city has a population of 1,225,553 (2014 census).

Mandalay is the economic centre of Upper Burma and considered the centre of Burmese culture. A continuing influx of Chinese immigrants, mostly from Yunnan, in the past twenty years, has reshaped the city's ethnic makeup and increased commerce with China.[5][6] Despite Naypyidaw's recent rise, Mandalay remains Upper Burma's main commercial, educational and health center.