Inle lake

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Inle lake is a very special place. As a lake it is not much, it is shallow and about 22 km long and 10 km wide, but the life on and around the lake is special. Even if the surface is about 110 square km a lot of the surface is covered with floating garden patchs. They take water hyacinths and dry them and form a float. On that they put dirt from the bottom and sow or plant vegetables on that. They fix the position with a bambus pole through the patch to the bottom. The patch is so small it can be harvested from a boat.                                                                                                                                                       DSCF2361  DSCF2360                                 People lived in villages on the shores, but also in houses on poles in the middle of the lake.                                                                                                                                      DSCF2358 DSCF2354 DSCF2347The restaurant we had lunch.

Another spectacular phenomen is the rowing and fishing done by the local fishermen. It is the only time I have seen rowing without using hands.                                                                                                                                                                    DSCF2369                                                           They fished with net or fish trap. Using the net meant rowing without hands.                                                                     DSCF2370 DSCF2371


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