Mandalay is the second-largest city and the last royal capital of Burma. Located north of Yangon on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River, the city had a population of 1,225,553 (2014 census). Mandalay is the economic hub of Upper Burma and considered the centre of Burmese culture. A continuing influx of Chinese immigran...Mandalay remains Upper Myanmar's main commercial, educational and health center. Mandalay is Burma's cultural and religious center of Buddhism, having numerous monasteries and more than 700 pagodas Mandalay has so many beautiful places,the Mahamuni Buddha Temple(It is highly venerated in Burma and central to many people's lives, as it is seen as an expression of representing the Buddha's life), Mandalay Hill(it is a 240 metres (790 ft) hill that is located to the northeast of the city center of Mandalay in Myanmar)and Kuthodaw Pagoda(it is a Buddhist stupa, located in Mandalay, that contains the world's largest book) . Mandalay city is connected to other parts of the country and to China and India by multiple modes of transportation. Mandalay International Airport was one of the largest and most modern airports in Myanmar until the modernization of Yangon International Airport in 2008. Mandalay Central Railway Station is the terminus of Myanmar Railways's main rail line from Yangon. The Ayeyarwady River remains an important arterial route for transporting of Mandalay.