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Post's trail re-creates WWII's Burma Road.

During World War II, the Allies constructed the original Burma Road to link British-controlled India and China. The 717-mile track through northern Burma had endless curves and was hacked through raw, mountainous jungle.

Recently, the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon built a more intimate trail on its new embassy compound that commemorates the Burma Road. The garden trail's wind chimes and fragrance of jasmine and the soft breezes from adjacent Inya Lake make it a nice getaway during lunch or after work.

The trail begins at the embassy's front door, passes the vegetable garden and enters an area of terraces and flowering plants chosen for their beauty and fragrance. It then skirts the Teak House, a grand British-colonial cottage from 1910 that is all that remains from the Washington Park housing compound that became the new embassy compound. The Teak House is now a venue for embassy meetings. Next, the trail passes through fl oral archways and a maze of flower gardens that attract butterflies and birds. There are benches and picnic tables at scenic spots along the trail.

The embassy sees the trail as complimenting the Department's Greening Diplomacy Initiative. Maintenance workers do not use fertilizer on the trail, and the vegetable garden grows only organic produce, which the cafeteria serves for lunch and sells for home consumption.
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Title Annotation:In the News; World War II
Publication:State Magazine
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:9MYAN
Date:Feb 1, 2011
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