Myitnge River

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Myitnge / Nam Tu
River Myitnge.JPG
River Myitnge and Shwe Sar Yan Pagoda from Maymyo Road overlooking the Mandalay Plain.
Physical characteristics
 • locationChina
 • location
Ayeyarwady River
 • coordinates
21°51′49″N 95°59′28″E / 21.86361°N 95.99111°E / 21.86361; 95.99111Coordinates: 21°51′49″N 95°59′28″E / 21.86361°N 95.99111°E / 21.86361; 95.99111
 • elevation
64 m (210 ft)

Myitnge River (Burmese: မြစ်ငယ် or Nam Tu,[1] also known as Dokhtawaddy River (ဒုဋ္ဌဝတီမြစ်), is a major tributary of Ayeyarwady River (Irrawaddy) in Myanmar (Burma). The name Myitnge in Burmese and Dokhtawaddy in Pali both mean "little river", by contrast with the Ayeyarwady or "big river".[2]

Source, course and outflow[edit]

The river rises on the Irrawaddy-Salween watershed, not far from the latter river, and flows westwards through northern Shan Plateau of eastern Burma where it is known as Namtu River, and eventually into the Ayeyarwady at Amarapura.[3] The old capital of the Ava Kingdom was built between its two branches, Myittha River which it gives off to the west and the eastern stream which retains the name Myitnge before it enters the Irrawaddy.[2]


  1. Zawgyi River enters the Myitnge about 20 km north of Kyaukse at Nyaungbintha.[4]
  2. Panlaung River enters near Ava.


  1. Namtu
  2. Hsenwi
  3. Hsipaw


River Myitnge at Shwe Sar Yan

The famous Shwe Sar Yan Pagoda on its north bank, built in 1053 by the Shan princess Sao Mon Hla on her journey home after wedding and later leaving King Anawrahta (1044–1077) of Bagan in central Burma,[5] holds its annual festival starting just before the full moon of Tabaung (March).[6] Anawrahta constructed an irrigation system consisting of weirs and canals on the Panlaung and the Zawgyi rivers but found the Myitnge too wild to tame.[7] Three centuries later Thado Minbya (1364–67) built Ava as his capital at the confluence of Myitnge and Ayeyarwady rivers within easy reach of the rice granary at Kyaukse.[7]


Myitnge Bridge to Mandalay

During the Second World War starting from New Year Day 1943 through to late April, several bombing raids were carried out by B-25s and B-24s of the USAAF to destroy the bridge over the Myitnge River carrying the main railway line from Mandalay to Rangoon.[8] They returned the following December to bomb the bridge and the rail yards at nearby Paleik.[9] Two years later it was the turn of the RAF Thunderbolts to attack the bridge.[10] Myitnge River is today spanned by a new bridge, 700 feet long and 27 feet wide for motor traffic flanked on each side by a footpath 6 feet wide, and was opened in 1999.[11]


A 790 megawatt hydroelectric power plant called Yeywa Dam Project, with assistance from China, is under way on the Myitnge River 50 km (31 mi) southeast of Mandalay.[12][13]


  1. ^ Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 22, p. 231.
  2. ^ a b For, Society (1835). Penny Cyclopaedia for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. C Knight, Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (Great Britain). p. 436. Retrieved 2008-10-02.
  3. ^ Scott, James George (1911). "Theinni" . In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica. 26 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 743.
  4. ^ NF 47-09 "Mandalay, Burma" U.S. Army Map Service topographic map 1:250,000, Series U-542, first printing December 1959
  5. ^ Sao Sukham. "Buddhism and Tai People". Ceylon Journey. Archived from the original on 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2008-10-02.
  6. ^ "Public Holidays/Festivals 2008". Retrieved 2008-10-02.
  7. ^ a b Harvey, G E (200). History of Burma: From the Earliest Times to 10 March 1824. Asian Educational Services. pp. 25, 80, 248. ISBN 978-81-206-1365-2. Retrieved 2008-10-02.
  8. ^ Gary Goldblatt. "CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Tenth Air Force)". Retrieved 2008-12-29.
  9. ^ "10th A.F. Repulses Japanese Blows". CBI Roundup December 16, 1943. Archived from the original on July 23, 2011. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
  10. ^ "The Myitnge bridge after attack by RAF Thunderbolt aircraft 22 March 1945". Australian War Memorial. Archived from the original on 26 February 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2008.
  11. ^ "The Dokhtawaddy Bridge". Perspective 1999. Retrieved 2008-10-01.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ U Win Kyaw; et al. "Yeywa Hydropwer Project, an Overview" (PDF). Vietnam National Commission on Large Dams. Retrieved 2008-10-01.
  13. ^ "Burma signs Contract with Chinese Corporation for Hydroelectric Project". redOrbit, 3 September 2005. Retrieved 2008-10-01.

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