The streets were alive with the sound of music – or at least gongs, drums and various other deafening percussion instruments – as Yangon’s Chinatown community came together for the nine day celebration of Chinese New Year. As the sun set on the city, the lanterns lit up in Chinatown with nightly performances of kungfu and a fierce dragon dancing competition staged atop precarious discs mounted on six foot high poles. Myanmar times Business Editor and photographer Philip J Heijmans captured the action.
Images from the EU delegation's tour of Rakhine State, as well as Myanmar Times reporter Si Thu Lwin's visit to the west hamlet of Du Chee Yar Tan village near Maungdaw, near the scene of recent alleged violence, where a number of homes were lost in a fire.
Amongst the heady tropical foliage of the Kandawgyi Lake area lies the colonial-era Yangon Zoo. Home to more than 100 species of indigenous and exotic animals, the zoo is renowned for the interaction it afford its patrons. Visitors can handfeed many of the animals in the sprawling zoo.