In the center of Pindaya we saw a small family workshop that produced parasols, fans, notebooks, called Shan paper. We got to see all processing, starting from mulberry bark paper until the final products. Once you have the paper, bamboo is used to make the rods for both the umbrellas and the fans, amazing results.
Getting to Pindaya from Heho requires patience. The roads, like nearly all in Myanmar, are narrow, curvy and with little asphalt. Once in Pindaya, the caves are easy to find, just look to the top of the hill and follow the road lined with stalls. The first thing is the entrance to the caves, a huge spider, as that animal is the symbol of the city. After passing through the entrance you can take the elevator to the caves themselves. And what do we find? An unusual collection of Buddhas occupying every free inch of the walls of the rocks. In the last two centuries, pilgrims have been donating various Buddha images - over 8000 statues. Each of a different style and different material, from gold to marble or wood. Also, Pindaya Caves are surprising for the esoteric atmosphere created by moisture in the environment, the brightness of the sculptures and the mixture of odors. Is it a nice place? Probably not but, it is undoubtedly memorable.