A small, typical Shan market town with a Chinese twist, Lashio was once home to an important Shan sky lord and was the starting point of the Burma Road along which supplies for Chiang Kai-shek’s Kuomintang army in China were passed. Today the town has few foreign visitors and serves as a gateway to Hsipaw, offering the closest-by airport to the historic town. A disastrous fire in the 1980’s has sadly destroyed a lot of Lashio’s historical architecture, but there are a few pagodas and some colourful ethnic minorities living in the surrounding hills that often come to Lashio’s market in their traditional attire. 

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