Myitkyina is the capital city of Kachin State of Myanmar (Burma), the city is 1,480 km away from Yangon, Mandalay and 785 km from Mandalay.

Myitson in Myitkyina, southern Myanmar.

Myitson in Myitkyina, northern Myanmar.

The name of Myitkyina means “near the big river” in Burmese, and Myitkyina is located on the west bank of the Ayeyarwady River, just under 40 km (25 miles) from Myit-son (means “confluence ” in Burmese) of the first two upstream rivers (Mali and N’mai). Population of Myitkyina is about 150,000 people. Ethnic groups include: Burmese, Chinese, and Indian. Kachin is the common language in the nearby regions, but Burmese is still the universal language. The city has Myitkyina University and Myitkyina airport.

The Kachin Manaw festival in Myitkyina, Myanmar.

The Kachin Manaw festival in Myitkyina, Myanmar.

The most popular religion is Buddhism, Catholicism and other religions such as Animism, Hinduism and Islam are also practiced.