Mandalay Images 11 images Created 29 Feb 2012
Mandalay - the very name evokes the splendors of Old Burma though most people are surprised to learn that Mandalay is not at all an old city but rather a new city created in 1857. Most of its former magnificence is gone, destroyed by fire that consumes wooden structures and by intensive bombing by the allies during the re-conquest of Burma in the Second World War. Mandalay is ethnically diverse with Burmans forming a slight majority as well as a sizeable population of Chinese forming up to 40% of the population. Other prevalent ethnic groups include the Shan, who are ethnically and linguistically related to the Thais and Laotians, and the Karen. There is also a sizable ethnic Indian population, including Nepalis and Sikhs.