Yunnan · Dehong
Yingjiang County 盈江县

Burmese borderland, with Dai in the lowlands and Jingpo in the mountains.

What is today Yingjiang was long the territory of independent Dai chiefdoms in the lowlands, who exerted little influence over the Kachin mountain dwellers.

The main caravan route from Burmese Bhamo on the Irrawaddy passed the mountains that today mark the border to Burma, then continued in the river valley past modern-day Lianghe towards Tengchong, the first securely held outpost of the Chinese empire for a long time.


1875: Death of a British Diplomat

After Britain's 1852 annexation of lower Burma lucrative trade with China through its back-door seemed more than a distant possibility. But after a successful first mission up the Irrawaddy and into Yunnan in 1868, the second British mission six years later ended in tragedy.

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Yingjiang County Town

Modern adminstrative town that was almost totally destroyed in a series of earthquakes in 2008.

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Nabang Town

Remote border town in sensitive area.

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Margary Memorial

Historic clash between China and Britain.

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