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Travel Guide to Asia with its Geological Map
Geological maps have always been important whether it concerns the geography of a region, mapping out the natural resources, looking for the reminiscences of the history of great civilizations, or searching for excellent food points or tourism spots – you can sort all that through a geological map. All you need is to own a good geological map and the skills to read it.
A map that comes with detailed information will tell you the exact spot you want to enjoy. The most exquisite experience anyone can have is traveling through different regions of the world as it enhances the exposure about the people and cultures of those regions and also about the historical heritage of those regions.
Asia ContinentAsia is the largest continent of all the seven continents both area wise as well as by population. Asia covers an area of 44, 579,000 sq km and the population of this continent is 4.4 billion, which the 62% of the whole world’s population. Asia consists of total 48 countries of which China is the largest one; the highest peak is the Mount Everest i.e. 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) above the sea surface and the lowest point is the Dead Sea which is 422 meters (1,384.5) below the sea level. The average literacy rate of the Asia Continent is 65.5% and the major religions are Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintonism, Taoism and Zoroastrianism.
The principal languages spoken in this region are Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Bengali, Urdu, Punjabi, Javanese and Korean.
A Brief History of AsiaThe word “Asia” is considered to be the derivative of an Ancient Greek word “Aơiα”, which was firstly associated for relating to the Persian Wars in 440 BC. But initially it was connoted to the east bank of Aegean Sea – the area which was famous for being related to Hittites as “Assuwa”. Another idea is that the word Asia is derived from the word “Asu” which means “rising” or “light” referring to the sunrise, so basically Asia means the “Eastern Land” from which the sun rises.
If we go down the history lane, it will tell us that Asia had been under the rule of various kings in different time zones. The history recorded the wisest king Chandra Gupta Maurya as its first documented ruler; a former slave who was the founder of Maurya Dynasty, he died in 298 BC after becoming known in the Hellenistic world for defeating one of the most powerful of Alexander’s successors, Seleucus I Nicator. Another famous and well-loved king of those times was King Ashoka, the grandchild of Chandra Gupta Maurya.
King Ashoka died in 232 BC. Another golden era in the history of Asia was the era of Muslim rulers, from 632 AD until the Ottoman Empire’s reign in 1566. Many of the Asian rulers had built excellent monuments during their times which are still considered as masterpieces and therefore visited by millions of traveler each passing year.
Culture and People of AsiaThe people of Asia are best known for their attractive features and the simplicity in their ways of living. In the Asian culture, the guests are considered very respectful and are highly respected – so they are always seen to be very open-hearted and generous towards their guests.
Asian people also love art, music, literature and philosophy and these are also observed in the culture and values of different societies. In the Asian culture, people strictly follow their religious values so what attracts the Western World towards Asia is its traditional culture and values.
Places to Visit in AsiaAsia is home to tourist attractions ranging from three of the New Seven Wonders of the World, tens of hundreds of natural scenic wonders and magnificent places with towering skyscrapers looking over the entire cities. The land is dotted with numerous World Heritage Sites and there would hardly be a single nation which would not boast of at least one such monument. Fly down to India where the majestic Taj Mahal would greet you, or take a peek at Uzbekistan's Historic Center of Bukhara, situated on the Silk Roads. A trip to China would definitely be incomplete without walking the Great Wall of China, or that to Jordan, without marveling at the sights of Petra, the famous archaeological site in Jordan's southwestern desert.
Situated in Cambodia is the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat temple complex, which was built in the first half of the 12th century (113-5BC). Take a glimpse at the Komodo dragon, the largest dragon in the world, at Indonesia's Komodo National Park. Vigan is one of the Hispanic towns in the Philippines known for its well-preserved Spanish colonial and Asian architecture. Enjoy the beauty of nature and the fabulous caves at the Gunung Mulu National Park in Malaysia.
The Golden Mountains of Altai are a beauty to behold and so is the Konye-Urgench, a municipality in North Turkmenistan. Here is located Ürgenç, an ancient town. It also hosts the ruins of Khwarezm's capital, which once used to be a part of the mighty Achaemenid Empire.
Located in Pakistan are the Taxila, an important Hindu and Buddhist center dating back to the Gandhara period, and the ancient civilization of Mohenjo-daro. All these places are not only beautiful spots in Asia, but are also rich in culture and history. Once you visit these places you will come to know how rich and diversified culture prevails in Asian regions. The aforementioned places are just the tip of the iceberg – and in no way complete even one percent of your must-visit places' list in Asia.
- Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
- Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
- Restaurant André, Singapore
- Amber, Hong Kong, China
- Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan
- Waku Ghin, Singapore
- Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China
- Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
- Indian Accent, New Delhi, India
- Lung King Heen, Hong Kong, China
- Hajime Restaurant, Osaka, Japan
- Les Amis, Singapore
- 8 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong
- Burnt Ends, Singapore
- Mingles, Seoul, Korea
- L'Effervescence, Tokyo, Japan
- Corner House, Singapore
- Fu He Hui, Shanghai, China
- Issaya Siamese Club, Bangkok, Thailand
- Quintessence, Tokyo, Japan