The road from Kengtung to Mong La

Mong La: Business as Usual in the China-Myanmar Borderlands

The road from Kengtung to Mong La

A narrow road leads from Kengtung in the government-controlled Shan State through forested hills to Mong La. Entering Special Region 4 requires a permit issued by the Myanmar immigration office in Kengtung in accordance with the ceasefire arrangement between the state and the rebel army. The orderly checkpoint at the entry to Special Region 4 features signboards in Burmese and Chinese. Solar-powered Chinese streetlamps illuminate the scene at night. When Martin passed the checkpoint in June 2015, it was at least partially manned by United Wa State Army (UWSA) troops.