Myitkyina is the capital city of Kachin State in Myanmar, located 1,480 kilometers from Yangon, and 785
kilometers from Mandalay. It is situated in a flat valley that becomes extremely hot in the hot season and very rainy during the monsoon. The
world’s 18th highest mountain, the snow-capped Mount Hkakaho Razi (19,295 feet or 5,881 m) is the highest peak in the country, and it was first
ascended by humans recently in 1996. As the capital of the State, it has government offices and a greater population than other cities in the
State. Myitsone, the confluence of the Mekha and Malika Rivers, is a great sight-seeing attraction for local and foreign visitors. Myanmar’s famous
jade mines are in Hpakant, accessible from Myitkyina via Moekaung and Karming towns. Recently a massive piece of jade more than 2000 tons
was discovered. Hpakant is renowned for its finest jade resources.