^ The Country
with the Burmese for the possession of the valley, but has ended by holding the lesser heritage of the Shan plateau under the suzerainty of Burma. Beyond the Sal win lie Siam and the Far Eastern territories of France.
teak logs ready for the torrent
The valley of the Irrawaddy, narrow and confined in the north, opens out at Mandalay, the capital of the race, and widens as it reaches the sea. It culminates in one of the finest of deltas. South of Mandalay the parallel valley of the Sittang has its being, the outcome of the low range of Pegu hills