Taunggyi

Taunggyi ( ; Shan: ), is the capital of Shan State, Myanmar. Taunggyi has an estimated population of 345,593 as of 2013, making it the fifth largest city in Myanmar (with Pathein, Mawlamyine), and is at an elevation of above sea level. The name Taunggyi means “huge mountain” in the Burmese language, and is named after the ridge on the east of the city, part of the Shan Hills system, whose prominent high point is called Taung-chun or “The Spur.” Locally this spur is popularly known as Phaya Taung. The ridge has a more prominent and more popular feature known as Chauk Talone, meaning the Craigs. Although within the Shan State, the Shans are not the predominant population of this city. The Inthas and the Pa-Ohs, who are also the original inhabitants of the Shan Plateau, form the most visible population. They however are culturally and linguistically different from the Shan. Recently there has been a flood of Chinese immigrants. Taunggyi lies within the Myelat region of Shan State.