Take a deep breath and let your senses explode. From ancient farming villages in India to the futuristic cityscape of Tokyo, Asia provides such variety and contrast it would take many lifetimes to even start scratch the surface.
Above all, Asia is a spiritual place - infused with the gods of past and present: the ancient spirits of the land and the family, the teachings of Buddhism, the deities of Christianity and Hinduism and the rules of Islam. Across the region, scented smoke swirls from millions of joss sticks placed in offering at the many shrines and temples the faithful use to meditate and pray.
But, Asia is far more than its past. A frenetic buzz surrounds the cities: the fashion, culture and business in Hong Kong, Singapore and many others easily challenges the biggest European and American cities for their status as global hubs.
From sublime coastlines to snow capped mountains, the majestic Mekong River to wildlife infested jungle; Asian landscapes hold an immediacy and vibrancy that captivates and enchants. In a land where tigers still roam free (though far from noisy tourists) nature is still the driving force in many peoples’ lives.
And that’s without mentioning the food. The freshness and flavour of Asian cuisine is famous the world over; now imagine actually tasting the real deal. With so many cuisines to choose from the only answer is to dive straight in and be prepared for a taste-tingling joy that will take your breath away.
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Rich antiquity wrapped in slick modernity. Great food. Great Wall.