The most populous continent, with over 4.4 billion inhabitants, 60% of the worlds population. 7 out of 10 most populated countries are located on the continent. Aisa is recognised as the birthplace of great ancient civilizations & most of the worlds mainstream religion including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Jainism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism and much more. Home to several language families, Most Asian countries have more than one language that is natively spoken. In total there are over a thousand different languages spoken across Asia with Hindi, Urdu, Chinese, Arabic, Sanskrit, Bahasa, Tamil being the most spoken.
Asia is rich in natural resources, such as petroleum, forests, aluminium, iron ore, coal, tin, water, rice, copper, silver and more.
GEOGRAPHY: Asia is the largest continent, covering an area of 44,579,00 sq. km (17,212,00 sq. mi) which is about 30% of the earths total land area and 8.7% of the earths surface area. Located primarily in the eastern and northern hemisphere, Asia shares continental landmass of Eurasia with the continent of Europe. Bordered to the north of Asia is the arctic ocean, Pacific Ocean on the east, Indian ocean on the south and to the west there is still ongoing battle with Europe as there is no clear physical and geographical separation between both continents. The most commonly accepted boundaries place Asia to the east of the Suez Canal, the Ural river and the Ural mountains, and south of the Caucasus mountains and the Caspian and black seas. The highest point on the continent is Mount Everest, which lies along the border of Tibet and Nepal soaring 8,848m (29,028 ft) above sea level, and also happens to be the highest point on earth, while the lowest point in Asia is the dead sea, located at the meeting points of Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and Jordan, whose surface is 400m (1,312 ft) below sea level.
CLIMATE: The Southern sections of Asia are warm to cold, while far north-eastern areas such as Siberia are very cold. East Asia has a temperate climate. West-central Asia experiences some of the largest diurnal temperature ranges on Earth. Asia has some of the coldest places in the world as well as some of the hottest, driest and wettest places
CULTURE: Asia has the greatest diversity of culture, colourful and immensely interesting. known to have some of the best cuisines in the world, rice is a staple food, dim sum is also a very popular traditional meal, & also sushi and curry, all now enjoyed even in the western world, Asians also love their tea which plays a major role in their culture. The continent also houses a great collection of different spices.
A number of exciting festivals celebrated annually include the Muslim Eid celebrations, Holi, Chinese New Year, Diwali and much more, bringing the whole community together. Sports are a favourite past time, with Cricket in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Table tennis & badminton in east asia, baseball in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGY:
Asia has some of the most diverse and unique wildlife species native to any of the world's continents. But while some of these species have populations that are thriving, others are facing threats that that threaten to wipe out their populations from off the face of the earth. Major animals found include Bengal tigers, snow monkey (Japanese macaque), panda, yaks, Indian rhinoceroses, reticulated pythons, Malayan Tapir, Indian Rhinoceros, slow loris, Asian elephant .
ECONOMY: Asia has the second largest economy after Europe. Although Asia's economy is predominantly agricultural, regions where power facilities, trained labor, modern transport, and access to raw materials are available have developed industrially. Japan, China, Russian Asia, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, and Israel are distinguished for their industrialization. Subsistence hunting and fishing economies prevail in the forest regions of N and S Asia, and nomadic pastoralism in the central and southwestern regions, while industrial complexes and intensive rice cultivation are found in the coastal plains and rivers of S and E Asia. Because of extremes in climate and topography, less than 10% of Asia is under cultivation. Rice, by far the most important food crop
FUN FACTS: With over a billion speakers, Mandarin Chinese is the world’s most spoken language ~ Asia Has the Most Varied Landscape ~ Over 4,000 Chinese Children Are Named ‘Olympic Games’ ~ India produces more mangoes every year than any other country in the world- 12 million tonnes ~ Bhutan Is the Only Country in the World That Bans the Sale of Tobacco ~
TOURISM: The most visited continent. The tourist options are vast and diverse, take a trip around Asia.
Climb the Bibi Mahru hill in AFGHANISTAN, sample some of ARMENIAs Winston Churchill approved brandy, visit the enchanting mud volcanoes in the hills of Gobustan AZERBAIJAN, go pearl diving in BAHRAIN, spot Bengal Tigers in BANGLADESH, marvel at the Himalayans view in Dochu La BHUTAN, visit the Royal regalia museum in BRUNEI, shop for silver accessories in CAMBODIA, experience the Chinese new year in CHINA, go snorkelling in Atauro island in EAST TIMOR, hot the Temple street night market in HONG KONG, learn Yoga at the birthplace of the practice in INDIA, dive the reefs of Pulau Bunaken in INDONESIA, cross the bridges of Esfahan in IRAN, explore the ruins of Babylon in IRAQ, visit the Dead sea in ISRAEL, catch a sumo wrestling match in JAPAN, hike the Dana nature reserve in JORDAN, witness a space launch in Baikonur cosmodrome in KAZAKHSTAN, go power boating in KUWAIT, go hunting with Eagles in Bokonbaevo KYRGYZSTAN, cruise the Mekong river in LAOS, dine on authentic Meze in LEBANON, stroll the white sand beaches of Langkawi island in MALAYSIA, spend the night on an inhabited island in the MALDIVES, visit Ghengis Khan's birthplace in the northern part of Kent aiming in MONGOLIA, catch any of the Burmese festivals in MYANMAR, go underground at the Siddha gufa cave in NEPAL, walk under the Arch of triumph in NORTH KOREA, dive into the Arabian sea in OMAN, watch a traditional polo match in PAKISTAN, make a pilgrimage to Bethlehem in PALESTINE, explore the island of Bohol from the worlds smallest monkey to the famous chocolate hills in PHILIPPINES, visit the spectacular Sheikh Feisal museum showcasing everything from formula 1 cars to calligraphy, dinosaur relics and much more in QATAR, enjoy water sports at Obhir creek in SAUDI ARABIA, enjoy panoramic views of SINGAPORE on the worlds highest ferris wheel, cruise around the Hallyeo maritime national park in SOUTH KOREA, pay a visit to Buddha at Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO world heritage site renewed for its remains of royal palaces in SRI LANKA, visit the seaside town of Latakia in SYRIA, relax in the Taian hot spring in TAIWAN, hike the largest glacier outside polar regions, the Fedchenko glacier in TAJIKISTAN, enjoy authentic Thai cuisines in THAILAND, take a dip in the Pamukkale thermal pools in TURKEY, take a tour of the Silk road in TURKMENISTAN, go desert driving in the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, climb an ice waterfall in the many mountains of UZBEKISTAN, marvel at the Sapa rice terrace in VIETNAM & dive in the Red and Arabian seas in YEMEN.