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Birthplace of some of the oldest civilisations in the world, and home to Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth, and the Trans-Siberian Railway, the longest railway line in the world, not to mention a population greater than the other continents combined, Asia is one of the most beautiful, diverse and untouched regions of the world. The countries within it are full of contrasts: from modern technology and skyscrapers to centuries-old temples and rolling rice fields (90% of all rice grown is consumed in Asia). Some parts of Asia appear frozen in time, with ancient ruins standing imposingly and a rural lifestyle maintained, and then there are cities with robot-themed cafes and sky gardens. Far from the frenetic streets of the vibrant cities, ancient monasteries and churches still offer solace and spirituality that have inspired travellers and adventurers for centuries.
For postcard-perfect views, you can’t do much better than watching air balloons hover over Angkor, glimpsing the snow-capped peak of Mount Fuji or meandering down the sleepy Mekong River. For an ethereal and unique setting, head to Zhangjiajie in China's Hunan province, with its sandstone and quartz cliffs which seem to float through the mist, so mystical that they inspired the fictional world of 'Pandora' in James Cameron's film Avatar.
Thick forests and parks offer sanctuary to some of the world's most magnificent wildlife: tigers, jaguars, macaques, Komodo dragons, pandas and elephants are just a few of the incredible beasts that can be seen close up. Take a trip back to a time where wildlife roamed the forests and ancient sacred wonders still stand tall. Visit the Great Wall of China and the temples of Japan and Vietnam for a glimpse into an imperial past. Experience varied and incredibly tasty food with India’s red-hot curries, China’s juicy dumplings, Vietnam’s steaming bowls of pho soup and Thailand’s heaping plates of Pad Thai noodles. Whether you are eating in a gleaming Singapore skyscraper or settling down for a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, the diverse cultures and cuisine of Asia will amaze and invigorate you.