Hsipaw is a small market town in the Shan State, and a popular place for travellers looking for a slow pace of life and to explore the enchanting scenery of rural Burma. This historic village is located on the legendary Burma Road, built by the British built in 1940 as a trade route between India and China. A local atmosphere pervades with several monasteries, stupas, and a number of picturesque villages in the near vicinity. Indeed, a highlight of Hsipaw is a visit to the candlelit market, held in the very small hours of the morning, where local tribes gather to meet and trade. Popular activities in and around the town include some of Myanmar's best trekking, good cycle tracks, sublime sunsets to be enjoyed in the cool mountain air.