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Inle Lake

Lake Inlè is surrounded by the Shan Hills, which on calm days are reflected in the Lake's crystal clear waters. At 13.5 miles long and 7 miles wide, the Lake is the second largest in Burma and is home to pagodas and monasteries and more than 200 small villages which are located on and around it. Most of the inhabitants of the lake are Intha people (meaning sons of the lakes), many of whom live in 'floating villages' which have been constructed on stilts over the water. The Intha produce much of Burma's fruit and vegetables (particularly tomatoes) from their floating gardens which are islands of water hyacinth and silt. Watching farmers paddling between the rows tending their crops is a peaceful scene to witness. There are a number of markets held in different locations around the lake where it is possible to see these and many other products being sold.

One of Inle's unique sites is its extraordinary 'leg-rowers' who have developed an eccentric method of rowing with one leg, while 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 spot in the shallow lake. The surface area of the lake has shrunk within living memory due in part to increased deforestation of the surrounding hills and the construction of a hydroelectric dam south of the lake. It is impossible not to notice the swathes of water hyacinth that clog the lake in places. Not native to the lake, water hyacinth also poses a major problem to the lake and the people it supports

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Susan Heller