Chinese and Myanmar flags decorate lamp posts along a road in Naypyidaw ahead of the recent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Myanmar capital. The city may finally start coming to life soon, 15 years after it was built. Photo: AFP Chinese and Myanmar flags decorate lamp posts along a road in Naypyidaw ahead of the recent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Myanmar capital. The city may finally start coming to life soon, 15 years after it was built. Photo: AFP
Chinese and Myanmar flags decorate lamp posts along a road in Naypyidaw ahead of the recent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Myanmar capital. The city may finally start coming to life soon, 15 years after it was built. Photo: AFP

Deserted Asian capital may finally start to come alive thanks to China, expected to be first country to open an embassy there

  • Naypyidaw’s motorways are almost always empty, giving city the feel of an eerie film set, but once China moves its embassy to Myanmar capital others may follow
  • Until now, getting diplomats and civil servants to leave the comforts of Yangon has been all but impossible, as city lacks public transport and other amenities

Topic |   Myanmar
Chinese and Myanmar flags decorate lamp posts along a road in Naypyidaw ahead of the recent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Myanmar capital. The city may finally start coming to life soon, 15 years after it was built. Photo: AFP Chinese and Myanmar flags decorate lamp posts along a road in Naypyidaw ahead of the recent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Myanmar capital. The city may finally start coming to life soon, 15 years after it was built. Photo: AFP
Chinese and Myanmar flags decorate lamp posts along a road in Naypyidaw ahead of the recent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Myanmar capital. The city may finally start coming to life soon, 15 years after it was built. Photo: AFP
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