Myanmar eyes closure of wildlife trade hub on Chinese border

Mong La, a lawless border town located in rebel-held territory in Myanmar’s Shan state, is a market for endangered species and products which are freely traded, largely to Chinese tourists. YANGON: Myanmar authorities plan to shut down a notorious border town where exotic animal parts are sold openly, an official said Tuesday, as Southeast Asia […]

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 […]