Most Chinese tourists prefer e-visas

Chinese nationals top the list of foreigners who enter Myanmar using an eVisa (visa on arrival), according to the Immigration Department at Yangon International Airport. A total of 18,700 Chinese nationals entered the country using visas on arrival in the first two months of this year. More than 300,000 foreigners, mostly Chinese, have used this […]

China’s Expanding Middle Class Fuels Poaching, Decadence in Myanmar

In the remote jungle city of Mong La, endangered animals are sold as aphrodisiacs, traditional medicines, and gastronomic delicacies. MONG LA, Myanmar — In this gaudy mecca of eroticism and greed on the eastern border with China, the cuisine isn’t for the squeamish: Many items on the menu, including the drinks, are derived from poached […]

Chinese Tourists Flock to a ‘Pleasant Village’ of Gambling Dens in Myanmar

SPECIAL REGION 4 — At 8am, the road out of Mong La gets busy. Many visitors to this border town in the far east of Myanmar’s Shan State come to gamble—to do that, they must make the seven-mile journey to Wancho. Eleven years ago, the National Democratic Alliance Army that controls this enclave on the […]