Things to Know Before Exploring Asia
Area: 44,579,000 sq km (17,212,000 sq mi)
Location: Eastern Hemisphere, Northern Hemisphere
Population: 4.56 billion (2020)
Population density: 102/sq km (265/sq mi)
Languages: Chinese, Japanese, English, Arabic
Time zones: UTC+2 to UTC+12
Number of countries: 48
Main countries: China, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Mongolia, Turkey, Israel, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea…
Largest cities: Tokyo, Jakarta, Delhi, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai, Manila, Karachi, Beijing, Guangzhou, Osaka, Dhaka, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Istanbul, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Colombo, Singapore…
Great Wall, China
Taj Mahal, India
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Where is Asia?
Asia is the largest and most populous of the seven continents in the world. It covers 8.7% of the earth's total area and 29.4% of the total land area. Most of Asia lies in the northern and eastern hemispheres, facing the Pacific Ocean in the east, Indian Ocean in the south, and Arctic Ocean in the north. Asia is bounded with Europe on the west by the Ural Mountains, Ural River, Caspian Sea, Caucasus Mountains, and Black Sea. On the southwest, it is bounded with Africa by the Red Sea and Suez Canal. To the northeast, it faces North America across the Bering Sea, while to the southeast it faces Oceania by a long distance across the Timor Sea and Arafura Sea.
Best Time to Visit
Asia spans a wide latitude covering cold zone, temperate zone, and tropical zone. The vast territory makes the climate complex and diverse, with continental climate as the main, and distinct monsoon influence. East Asian countries like China and Japan are suitable to visit all year round, while summer time from June to August is the best time for visiting Mongolia. South and Southeast Asian destinations like India, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam are best to be visited from October to the next March when it is the dry season with pleasant and cool weather. Spring from March to May and autumn from September to November are best seasons for traveling to West and Central Asia.
Natural Wonders to See
Both Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain, and the Dead Sea, the lowest point on land, are in Asia. With large area and huge height difference, Asia is rich in natural wonders, which make it a must-visit in one's life.
The wild Himalayas attract numerous hikers from all over the world to explore Nepal and Tibet. Guilin of China and Halong Bay of Vietnam offer spectacular karst landscape. Maldives, Bali of Indonesia, Phuket of Thailand, and Sri Lanka, are wonderful destinations for a seaside vacation.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nepal
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Floating market, Thailand
History & Culture Tour
Asia is the cradle of human civilization. Three of the world's four great ancient civilizations originated in Asia. The fourth Nile civilization of ancient Egypt was also located at the junction of West Asia and North Africa. It is no exaggeration to say that it is Asia that has nurtured human civilization. Moreover, Asia is the birthplace of almost all the influential religions of the world, including the three major religions - Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. The ancient civilizations have left inestimable cultural heritages for Asia, and they have also brought rich cultural travel experience to us.
You can go to the Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal of India, Angkor Wat of Cambodia, or Old City of Jerusalem to feel the profound historical connotation of Asia. However, you have to know that Asian culture is not only ancient. Here you can see everything most modern and up-to-date. If interested, you can travel to Hong Kong, Tokyo, or Shanghai to have a look.