Asia in a Nutshell

The world’s tallest mountain, the world’s two most populous countries, and arguably the world’s least accessible kingdom all fall within the vast expanses of the striking continent of Asia. From dire poverty to pricey excess, via tradition, religion and colorful personalities round every corner, Asia is intense and rewarding. Eat almost anything in the nighttime markets, let loose in the sleaze fests of the South East, or take an epic train journey back to Europe and spend weeks watching it all pass by outside your window.

Plenty have found their soul on India’s muddy streets, where colorful rickshaws compete for space with the tiniest of stores and the calmest of cows. Watch Life and death go full circle on the banks of the Ganges, or be spell bound by the Taj Mahal, a shapely relic of a great love story that stands tall over India’s legions of delicate temples and colorful ceremonies.

China’s great wall stretches further than the eye can see, bending over craggy peaks. From the crumbling courtyards of the Forbidden City, Mao’s portrait stares out over Tiananmen Square and the winding queues to ogle his gruesome corpse. Far to the west lies the Tibetan city of Lhasa, the spiritual home of Buddhism, while the southern rebel state of Taiwan holds fast to many of China’s treasures.

Tokyo’s expressive sub-cultures and high technology mingle with pagoda temples and conveyor belt Sushi, while Hong Kong offers colonial class, high-end shopping and inescapable city bustle. The empty expanses of Siberia invite intrepid explorers to live off the land and the western ‘Stans feature sparsely populated plains, where life passes slowly and adventure travelers can get close to nature amongst nomads whose lifestyle hasn't changed for centuries.

Hard-to-see North Korea is a world traveler’s benchmark and a last taste of life behind the iron curtain, while pricey Bhutan’s visa policy preserves a land standing proudly by its traditions and reveling in reams of unspoiled countryside. In tropical Thailand the parties never stop and the beaches really do look like postcards. Asia is a red-hot traveler favorite, chock full of hidden – and not so hidden – gems that can be gently squeezed into just about any budget.

Written on 12/05/2015 - 17:39 by Shawn Blade

Last modified on 12/05/2015 - 17:39

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China

Vivacious, varied and immense, and home to a kind of culture that's utterly separated from the rest of the world, the enormous expanses of China are rightly held up as one of the world’s top travel destination. With beaches and mountains, vibrant cities and areas untouched by modern civilization, riches and painful poverty, there’s something to enjoy for travelers of every breed.

India

One of the more mysterious countries on the planet, and one that boasts some of the most drastic differences in lifestyle between poverty-stricken and the rich, is India. The seventh largest country in the world with over 1 billion people living in its territories, making it second only to China, India is a land of legends, myths, food, culture, political strife, and a wide variety of ethnic and cultural diversity.

Japan

The Country: Japan is an island country in the North Pacific Ocean. It lies off the northeast coast of mainland Asia. Four large islands and thousands of smaller ones make up Japan. The four major islands—Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku—form a curve that extends for about 1,200 miles (1,900 kilometers). More than 126 million people are crowded on these islands, making Japan one of the most densely populated countries in the world.

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