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The Governor’s Residence, Yangon, Myanmar

Lake Inlè

Lake Inlè in Shan state is nearly 100km long and just 5km wide, with more than 200 villages on or around it. Most of the inhabitants are Intha people, Intha meaning "sons of the lake". The villages have been constructed on stilts over the water while floating gardens have been cultivated out of water hyacinth and silt from the lake that float on the surface. The water is crystal clear and a pictorial paradise for the professional and amateur photographer alike.

Inles most unusual feature is its extraordinary 'leg-rowers' who have developed the original, eccentric method of rowing with one leg. With the other they balance precariously on the back of their sampans leaving their hands free to drop their tall conical nets over passing fish which they can spot in the shallow lake.
 

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