A City in the Burmese Junta's Image

Burma's new capital city lies about 10 hours' drive – or a short, white-knuckled flight on an ageing Fokker-27 – from Rangoon, the country's largest city and former capital. A vast, empty plain of snaking arterial roads and low-density development, Naypyidaw is unlikely to experience anything approaching the so-called "Saffron Revolution" that brought central Rangoon to a standstill in 2007.

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