Salween River nr. Paan
Photographer: Klier, Philip Adolphe (c.1845-1911)
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Salween River near Pa-an, Burma (Myanmar), taken by Philip Adolphe Klier in the 1890s. Approximately 2400 km long, the Salween or Thanlwin is Burma’s second greatest river after the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwaddy). It rises in the Himalayas in Tibet and flows south through China and Thailand, entering Burma in the north-east. It passes through a series of deep gorges on its journey through Shan, Kayah, Karen and Mon States in Eastern Burma, and finally reaches the sea near Pa-an, the capital of Karen State in southern Burma. Here the river opens out into a broad, shallow waterway which flows into the Gulf of Mottama (Martaban) on the Andaman Sea. This is a view taken near Pa-an looking along a defile between spectacular vegetation-covered cliffs.