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This was listed in Wikitravel:requests for articles, so I put something in. Can someone improve it? Pashley 03:45, 11 March 2007 (EDT)

Should this be an article?[edit]

The Burma Road goes up from Lashio to Kunming (the Ledo-Lashio section is known as the Ledo Road and was built separately by Gen. Stilwell). Even if we call the entire road the Burma Road, I'm not sure this warrants an article. Consider: 1. The road from Ledo to Lashio over the mountains is pretty much non-existent these days and is mostly out of bounds to foreign travelers anyway. 2. The Burmese part of the Burma road is short (Ruili border to Lashio) and can be traversed only one way (Ruili to Lashio) and only under escort. 3. Lashio is hardly up there as a destination in Myanmar. A mercantile town that is mostly avoided by tourists except the few who make it across from China. Not much of an itinerary, IMHO.--Wandering 11:47, 20 June 2007 (EDT)

Yes, it doesn't sound very exiting. Maybe it can be redirected, but to what - Burma? WindHorse 11:50, 20 June 2007 (EDT)
That is a good question. The Burma Road, though associated with Burma, seems to be mostly in Yunan. Perhaps all we need is a box in the Myanmar page that describes the Burma Road and lists the towns en-route.--Wandering 11:57, 20 June 2007 (EDT)
Wandering is right, it is not much of an itinerary. However, there was a request for it on the "requests for articles" page and someone might search for "Burma road", so we need something here, at least a redirect. Not sure where you'd redirect to, though.
Maybe we need a new category for historical things that are not particularly practical modern itineraries, like this and On the trail of Marco Polo. I wrote most of both articles and I think they'd be useful to some people planning a trip, but they are obviously not the same sort of thing as "X to Y overland" or "Three days in Z". Pashley 20:21, 20 June 2007 (EDT)
Yeah, Pashley has a point, though we have to make sure that such articles don't slide too far into Wikipedia territory. That is to say, they must always be written from the prospective of a traveler, not a research student. However, I can see a niche for them. As for Burma Road, if the section in Burma cannot be easily accessed, then how about redirecting to Yunnan and adding info under 'Other destinations'. The difficulties of traveling along the the Burmese section of the road can be mentioned here also. What do you think? WindHorse 23:36, 20 June 2007 (EDT)

I changed my mind! The fact that the road is restricted for travel today should not stop wikitravel from having the rudiments of an itinerary for the journey. Hopefully, someone who has been to Pangsau Pass can fill in more details about the pass and the lake of no return. I doubt if there is anyone around who has traveled from Pangsau to Myitkyina in the last 30-40 years.--Wandering 22:59, 21 September 2007 (EDT)

I also redirected Ledo Road to this Burma Road page.--Wandering 23:01, 21 September 2007 (EDT)