Asia has been a travelers favorite since the days of yore. European travelers like Marco Polo have come to Asia in ancient times in search of prosperity and exotic treasures. All this has been recorded in various accounts of the travelers themselves. From those ancient accounts, we know that Asia is a rich continent with vast differences in the climate and culture of different regions. China was known for its silk and tea while India was known for its cotton and spices. These two Asian countries became the center of world trade in the seventeenth century. Today, Asia is known for many more things. First, there are the multitudes of cultures in Asia that one cannot get enough of. With the exponential advancements in technology in Asian countries, they are still known for the reminders of their past. Second, the new-age advancements have made Asia the hub of electronic and automobile production. Third, the different climatic zones on the continent and the different geographical features that Asia is endowed with truly delivers a thrilling experience to travelers. Visiting as many Asian countries as possible should be one of the pledges on your bucket list.
What are the most popular destinations for travelers in Asia? When people hear anything about Asia, the first thing that comes to their mind is China. China has grown as a superpower and attracts tourists not only for the urban experiences, but also for the country’s rich heritage as a cultural and spiritual destination. While there are ultra- modern cities like Shanghai, Hong Kong and Macau, there’s also the ancient Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and Mount Tai- one of the most sacred places according to Taoism. China is also endowed with a bounty of natural beauty. The country has blended the urban, historical and natural treasures of the country and formed a composite national treasure. A trip to China will always be a memorable one. The second country that comes to people’s minds is Japan. Japan grew and developed faster than China. Its technological innovations are superior to China’s, but the experience a traveler will get in Japan is different from that in China. Japan has always been known for making fantasies come true. So, there’s the famous Tokyo Disney Land that is a favourite destination of many of tourists. It is the first Disney Land to be developed outside the United States. Apart from the Disney Land, there’s also Universal Studios. Japan is also known for its culture of art and crafts. You can take ikebana classes, bonsai classes, tea ceremony classes or even origami classes.
The third most visited country is India. India is a land that is more diverse than even the whole of Asia. One part of India is poles apart from another part in terms of language, art, dance form, etc. This adds to the vibrancy of the country’s culture. In this country, you have to devote too much of your time to if you want to soak yourself in the Indian experience. Here, you can see the remains of the world’s oldest civilization- the Indus Valley Civilization. You can also see the remnants of the great Mughal Kingdom that has been mentioned a French traveler, the remnants of the country’s colonial past, the cosmopolitan culture in its nascent stages, the western ghats, and so much more. This is a place that is a myriad painting of religion, art, history and geography.
Apart from just the different things to see, each country has a different and heterogeneous cuisine to offer. Other Asian countries that are frequented by travellers are- Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea and Sri Lanka.