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Shan
LAND AREA

155,800 sq km

POPULATION

5,824,532

NO. OF ETHNIC GROUPS

33

GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE

Located in eastern Myanmar and shares the international borders with China, Laos and Thailand, making a key gateway for trade and commerce between Thailand and China. Shan State’s climate leans towards high humidity and sub-tropical weather.

KEY FACTS
  • Inle Lake, Myanmar’s second largest lake, is located in southern Shan State and known for its floating gardens of vegetables cultivated by the ethnic Inthar who live on it.
  • Besides the usual rice, Shan also cultivates tomatoes, tea, carrots, chillis and potatoes.
  • Major oil and gas pipelines from China pass through northern Shan State territory, making it a strategic location as a gateway between China and Myanmar.
  • Shan State faces challenges with infrastructure for public utilities (electricity and water) and roads.
LAND AREA

155,800 sq km

POPULATION

5,824,532

NO. OF ETHNIC GROUPS

33

KEY CITIES
  • Taunggyi (State Capital)
  • Lashio
  • Muse
BOARDER TRADE TOWNS
  • Kengtung
  • Tachileik
DEMOGRAPHY

Shan, Bamar, Han-Chinese, Wa, Lisu, Danu, Intha, Akha, Lahu, Ta’ang, Pa-O, Taungyo, Indians and Gurkha

MAJOR INDUSTRIES
  • Agriculture
  • Mineral mining
  • Hydropwer generation
  • Trade

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