Mandalay is an interesting city with mixed cultures of China, India and Myanmar. The huge palace in the central area has something from the Forbidden City in Beijing with the water around.
And the large street along the river reminds me Kolkata: the very simple shops might be even poorer than the ones on the Ganges!
The wood industry seems to be very strong here: many trees are carried out from Mandalay on the river.
One evening, we enjoy a Myanmar movie in a theater: a beautiful drama about a city guy working as a teacher in a poor village. But we miss a big part of it without understanding the dialogs. This movie could be worth to dub in English, but with a better audio track than the original: the dialogs recording are terrible, different voices for the same characters, sometimes with a lot of noise…