At the mention of Asia, there are some who immediately think of the pagodas of China and the gold decorations of Thailand, which are so characteristic of this continent? or rather, a large part of this huge continent. The people of Asia do not all share a common history, though, which can be witnessed in its varying landscapes, climates, and people.
Closer to Europe, Lebanon and Israel, whose popularity continues to grow, are very popular destinations with Europeans looking for some Mediterranean sun. So much so that when in the middle of the celebrations of Tel Aviv, tourists find it hard to believe that they have just barely reached Asia and that they really must continue past Jerusalem, the cradle of all religions, to definitively place their feet in the neighbouring continent. While a trip to Asia may mean a pilgrimage to Mecca for some, others, attracted by the luxury tourism, will not forget Dubai and its extravagance. A veritable touristic hub in the Middle East, this city of eccentricities is notably home to the tallest tower in the world (Burj Khalifa) as well as the largest shopping centre in the world (Dubai Mall). On the topic of another extreme, a dip in the Persian Gulf is a great idea for attempting to overcome the stifling summer heat on the Arabian Peninsula, unless your adventurous soul would rather go on a 4x4 excursion into the desert.
Travellers on the Asian continent who venture to India encounter a completely different world from the one in the Middle East. Pagodas aren't yet all around but there is no lack of gilding decorating statues of the revered Buddha. And how can we talk about the wealth of Asia without mentioning the sumptuous Taj Mahal of Agra and its blinding whiteness? Moreover, the monsoon climate also marks a radical difference compared to the weather in the oil rich kingdoms. Indeed, water can be found here in all of its forms, from torrential rains to the country's seven sacred rivers, including the Ganges, which flows at the foot of the Himalayas. While on the topic, the Himalayan mountain chain accounts for some of the peaks that make up what is often called ?the roof of the world', namely Mount Everest and its 8,848m of altitude. Staggeringly high, it is safe to say that mountain climbers from around the world hold a slight fantasy of climbing it one day.
The immense natural barrier that is the Himalayas also constitutes an impressive barrier between the two most populated countries in the world: India and China, the latter of which is not lacking in assets to compete with its neighbour in terms of tourist attractions. One of the most renowned is the Great Wall of China, which is nearly 4,200 miles long and has appeared on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1987. However, China's cities are not to be left out: Beijing with its famous Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, Hong Kong with its junks never cease to amaze; and Shanghai asserts itself as one of the most powerful ports in the world. The huge cities on the main continent may be renowned, but Japan has nothing to worry about with Tokyo on its side, not to mention South Korea and Seoul, which are becoming increasingly popular on the global tourism scale.
Southeast Asia has a few major urban conglomerations itself, with Bangkok in Thailand and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, who's Petronas Towers and the Formula 1 Grand Prix guarantee its popularity. However, many visitors to Asia come mainly for the heavenly white sand beaches of Indochina. Although Phuket is undoubtedly the most famous on continental land, it is those found on the islands that are the real gems of the Asian coastline. East of the continent, in the Pacific Ocean, the archipelago that constitutes the Philippines is abundant with heavenly lagoons lying at the feet of reliefs sculpted in terraces for the needs of the rice growing industry. Finally, there is no lack of couples who choose Asia for their honeymoon, the Maldives in particular.
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