Bhamo is set in the northern Kachin state of Myanmar, close to the border with China. The ancient trading hub with the Chinese Empire of yore, Bhamo boasts centuries of rich history. Over the centuries, the town’s location at the highest navigable point of Irrawaddy River added to its strategic importance, when copper coins flowed freely between China and Burma. Consequently, a number of Chinese migrants settled in Bhamo and today, the town boasts a diverse population of Shan and Chinese ethnic groups living harmoniously together. Apart from its beautiful waterfront, the town is also known for the ancient ruins of Sampanago (the erstwhile Shan capital city), which are located nearby.