Taunggyi is situated in southern Shan State and is the capital town of Shan States. It is 4,712 feet above the sea
level and has a moderately cool climate. It is also located about 500 kilometers north of Yangon and about 100 kilometers southeast of Mandalay.
It is situated on a high plateau surrounded by high mountains. In Taunggyi, people celebrate the Tazaungdine Lighting Festival by sending up fire-
balloons into the sky. Balloons in the shape of elephant, ox, horse, bird, pig, fish, owl, parrot and so on. This is the biggest festival in the country.
It is attended not only by Taunggyi residents but also by other locals from all over the country and international tourists.