^ To Yenan-Gyaung
villages in Burma more charmingly placed than these that lie transverse to the river, between Minbu and Yenan-Gyaung. And many of the patches of swelling down and trees in cluster on the eastern bank are English in their suggestion. One might suppose, as one goes by, that some skilled gardener had been at work here, preparing a park for an English gentleman.
Yenan-Gyaung as I approach it is like every other village here in its natural site, but on a greater scale ; and distinguished, since it is a town, by white and gold
pinnacles of pagodas and dark monastery spires ; and by serried lines of long-boats and white flats under the clifts, where the oil steamers call. The river is mightily spread out here, and looks at sunset like a purple sea.