All the eastern shore for many miles above this is beautifully wooded and thickly set with palm groves, villages, and surrounded by hedged fields and occasional pagodas. The land rises behind in a long general slope, broken by ravines towards the lower ground that fringes the river, but more clothed with wood or brushwood than the country further south, though still apparently unproductive.
The river here during flood is about 5 miles broad, but much of this is only a shallow spread of inundation. Many islands, with houses on them, just emerge from the surface and no more, whilst other small villages or groups of cottages rise on their stilts directly out of the water with no visible land beneath them at all.
This is the head-quarters of a woon and a steamer station.
The principal crops are paddy, maize, cotton, palm, and beans. As follows :a
a aa aAa aaa Enough for inhabitants.
300 50 300
The following transport is available :a
20 of 400 to 500 baskets. Mutton, pork, fowl, fish (dried and fresh), nga-pee, onions, peas, beans, rice, paddy, oil.
There are a few foreigners ; the rest are Burmans.
The streets are straight and 30 or 40 feet wide \ no open spaces inside.
The houses are small, of timber and bamboo.
The land on the north is bad, being very much cut up with ravines. On the east there are kyoungs on a piece of high ground. On the hill, where the pagoda Shway-zu-gone stands, the ground is level, and the southern portion will hold about 1,000 people.
There is a road 100 feet wide from this to Pagan. The telegraph wire" runs along it. There is a little jungle on both sides.
About a mile from Nyoung-oo there is a steep descent, but after passing this, the road is level, passing over plains and fields up to Da-hat-taw, Zee-gyone. Close to the north of Zee-gyone there are some pagodas and kyoungs on a piece of ground large enough to camp 4,000 people.a(Native information, 1879.)
Contains from 150 to 200 miserable houses. The site of the town is a dead-level, and was formerly the bed of a lake, which has now shrunk away about 3 miles to the southward, and fills the end of the valley about 12 or 14 miles north and south, and 2A or 3A miles wide between the ranges which enclose the valley.
A village on the road from Yemay-then to Nyin-gyan. The road leading to it from the north passes mostly through forest. The Nyin-gyan forest commences here and increases in thickness as you travel south.a(Boxall, 1882.)
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