Welcome to Myitkyina
The capital of Kachin State, Myitkyina (ျမစ္ႀကီးနား) lacks much in the way of headline sights. Nonetheless it’s an engaging, multicultural place, home to Kachin, Lisu, Chinese and Burmese, and hosts two of Myanmar's most important 'ethnic' festivals. A low-rise town with a fair scattering of part-timber houses, its residents seem keen to assist visitors, with local Christians particularly eager to practise their English. Quiet at the best of times, the town is especially sleepy on Sundays when the churches fill up. Few foreigners make it here, and those who do are mostly missionaries or NGO workers.