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Circle Line Train

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The British-built Circle Line began operations in 1959 and currently serves over 20,000 passengers each day.<br />
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The sometimes achingly slow three-hour train ride passes through 39 stations, connecting satellite towns and suburban areas to the city of Yangon. <br />
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Objectively, the Circle Line train cars are far from comfortable with unaccommodating chairs, bad suspension, and open-air compartments that expose riders to rain, insects, and sometimes sweltering heat. <br />
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However, despite all these apparent discomforts, the Circle Line Train is a fantastic way to connect in close quarters with the exceptionally friendly and open Burmese people -- always ready to offer their seat to a stranger in need -- a large sign is mounted in every car proclaiming: "Warmly welcome and take care of tourists."  <br />
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To ride the Circle Line is to experience the quotidien intimacies of Yangon's people as they journey together, sharing food and conversation with a greater ease and conviviality than is likely to be found on any Western train. <br />
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And because the Circle Line train offers the region's cheapest daily commuting option, it offers even the lowest level of Burmese wage earners affordable transportation to their jobs in Yangon.