PAGAN TO MINGYAN
FTER the chambered clififs of Pagan there is a
flat shore slowly ascending on the east, dotted with villages and palms and small clustering trees. On the west the land, more level, reaches away in a plain to the Tangyi hills. The falling river releases from its embrace the island villages, which here, near Pakoku, almost float upon the water at high flood.
Pakoku itself has grown into importance since the caprice of the sovereign river left Konywa high and dry. Half the town, aristocratic with its court-house, its polo-ground, its club and its tennis-courts, and the houses of the European community of officials, stands on a promontory, which is separated from the other half by a thirsty freshet bed which is heavy sand for three parts of the year, and flooded channel for the remaining fourth. Elephants bathe here and cart-wheels creak and drone across it, from its clififs in the east to the yards of the timber-sawmen on the west, under the lee of the native town. On this further side live