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Shan State

is a state located in eastern Myanmar (Burma), which takes its name from the Shan people, the majority ethnic group in the Shan State. Most of the area is a hilly plateau; there are higher mountains in the north and south. The gorge of the Thanlwin River cuts across the state. Shan State borders China to the north, Laos to the east, and Thailand to the south. Occupying about a quarter of Myanmar’s total land area, sharing borders with five administrative divisions of Myanmar; it is the largest of all states and regions in the country comprising 54 townships that are largely rural. Major cities of Shan State are Lashio, Kyaing Tong and Taunggyi, which is also the capital city of the region. Shan State is endowed with vast reserves of timber, coal, metals and precious stones. It is famous for its garden produce as the temperate climate lends itself to growing a variety of fruits and vegetables. And it is also home to Inle Lake, one of the biggest tourist attractions in Myanmar.  The cottage weaving industry of the Inle area is famous for the lotus robes; The Inle Phaungdawoo Pagoda Festival is famous for its boat race competitions of the one-legged rowers. Kakku Pagodas are ancient places of the Shan State. Pindaya limestone caves consists of thousands of Buddha images.