Asia MapThe Earth has seven continents, and Asia is the largest, both in terms of area and population. Europe and Africa are located to the West of Asia. Oceania is situated to its South, and North America to its East. Asia consists of 48 countries. Because Asia's borders are not finite, some countries that are located on the continent's western border are, sometimes included in Asia, and other times in Europe. These include Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Russia and Turkey are located in both Europe and Asia. The continent comprises diverse climatic conditions ranging from tropical in southern India and Southeast Asia, to arctic and sub-arctic in Siberia.
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Asia ContinentAsia is the largest continent of all the seven continents, both in size and population. Asia covers an area of 17,212,000 sq. miles, with a population of 4.4 billion, which is 62% of the world's population. Asia consists of a total of 48 countries, including; China, India, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and the Middle Eastern Nations of; Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordon, Lebanon, and Iran. Turkey and Russia span across both Europe and Asia. The average literacy rate of Asia is 65.5%, while the principal languages spoken in this region are Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Bengali, Urdu, Punjabi, Javanese, and Korean. The primary major religions are; Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Taoism, and Zoroastrianism.
|Asia Geography Facts|
|Largest Urban Area||Tokyo-Yokohama, Japan (37.8 million people)|
|Highest Elevation||Mount Everest, Nepal: 8,848 meters/29,029 feet|
|Largest Watershed||Ob River (3 million square kilometers/1.15 million square miles)|
|Population Density||246 people per square kilometer|
|Largest desert in Asia||Gobi desert|
|Longest river in Asia||Yangtze (3,915 miles)|
A Brief History of AsiaThe word "Asia" is considered to be the derivative of an Ancient Greek word, "Aơiα", which was firstly associated to the Persian Wars in 440 BC. But initially it was
History shows that Asia had been under the rule of various kings during different eras. History has recorded that a wise king, Chandra Gupta Maurya, a former slave, became the founder of Maurya Dynasty. Maurya died in 298 BC, after becoming known in the Hellenistic world for defeating 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 elaborate monuments during their reign, which are considered masterpieces, and visited by millions of people to this day.
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 cultures, having guests is considered an honor, and are highly respected - so generally, Asian are seen to be very open-hearted and generous towards their guests.
Asian people also love culture; art, music, literature, and philosophy. In Asian cultures, people generally strictly follow their religious values.
Places to Visit in AsiaAsia is home to major tourist attractions, ranging from three of the New Seven Wonders of the World, to tens of hundreds of natural scenic wonders, and urban areas with towering skyscrapers over-looking entire cities. The land is dotted with numerous World Heritage Sites. There is hardly a single nation which would not boast of at least one such monument. Visit 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 world-famous archaeological site in Jordan's southwestern desert. Situated in Cambodia is the largest religious monument in the world, the Angkor Wat temple complex, which was built in the first half of the 12th century (113-5 BC). Take a glimpse at the Komodo dragon, the largest reptile of its type 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. Or you can 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.
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, but are also rich in culture and history. Once you visit, you’ll come to see the rich and diversified culture that prevails in Asia. And these are just the tip of the iceberg! Many consider the cuisine of Asia to be exquisite. The continent offers a wide ranging variety of tastes and styles. Not just food, but also some of the top restaurants are located 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
Interesting Facts About Asia
- Asia is the largest continent in the world, covering 30% of the Earth’s total land area.
- Asia has given birth to some of the oldest human civilizations, such as the Sumer Civilization, and the Indus Valley Civilization.
- Seven of the ten largest cities in the world, by population, are located in Asia.
- Russia, which is spread over both Europe and Asia, is the largest country in Asia as well as the world.
- China is the world's most populated country, followed by India.
- Mount Everest is located in Asia, and is the tallest mountain in the world. The peak of the mountain is 8,850 meters. More Asia Facts...