Burma image, WA0369. Sadon hill / Sadon hill, from the Sadon Sima road.
'Sadon is the kingdom of Mr F. T. Wilson, who has ruled it as Assistant Superintendent for thirteen years. Like [Walter] Scott [Commissioner at Bhamo/Sinlum] he is an acknowledged authority on Kachin affairs, and he has given the Kachin military venture his earnest support. Sadon has an elevation of 4600 feet. The Fort (Fort Harrison) occupies a bare hill-top, and commands a splendid view all round, especially to the east across the valley to the high mountains culminating in Tabu Bum (11,000ft). It is a wonderful panorama, serene and calm, and endowed with an ever-changing beauty as the shadows move across the uplands from dawn to dusk. The Chinese frontier follows the lofty sky-line. Sadon is essentially the home of the Atsis and the Lashis. Indeed I met no Kachins [Jinghpaw] at all to the east of it. Along the Htawgaw road Marus are found as far as Lauhkawng, and beyond that the inhabitants of Htawgaw and Hpimaw are almost entirely Lashis. Sadon itself, Wawchon and Lahpai are the three most important Atsi-Lahpai villages. It seems certain that this country was originally occupied by Palaungs who have now been pushed south to the left bank of the Shweli, where we have already met them. Sadon is now also the home of one of the most important Yawyin [Lisu] communities in Burma. There are about twenty villages of them. Many have grown up in comparatively recent years' ['A Burmese Arcady', Major C. M. Enriquez, London, 1923, pp.231-232]