Burma image, WA0571. Chinese passengers on Bhamo ferry.
'The average rise in the Upper Defile, above Bhamo, is 80ft in the rainy season, and the minimum record is 60 feet. The waters above the first gorges are so piled up that there is a drop of two feet where they enter. The rise at Bhamo is about 40 feet. But now in winter, the Irrawaddy lay serenely calm, and we passed out of the hills into open country, and so came to Bhamo, where crowds of Kachins and Chinese merchants and muleteers always collect to meet the steamer. Most of the trade between Bhamo and China passes through the little river side town of Bhamo. Bhamo is the terminus of the great Burmese water-way, and of the Yunnanese trade route. It is therefore a place of unique importance and interest. For centuries traders and soldiers have used this place for commerce and war between the two countries. The main street is entirely Chinese in appearance and the fine old Chinese temple contains a beautiful image of Kwanyin, Mother of Mercy' ['Races of Burma', Major C. M. Enriquez, Meiktila, 1920, p.18]