A visitor from the west soon realizes that the cultural antecedents so familiar from Europe’s origins are absent here, and the resulting confluence of sights and sounds wash over the mind like a dream.
The continent’s boarders shift as we contemplate both geography and geo-politics. From the Black Sea in the west to China and Japan in the far east, Asia holds one wonder after the next to experience and see. Its highest point is Mount Everest, rising 8,848 meters (29,028 feet) above sea level. The continent’s lowest point is the Dead Sea, the surface of which is approximately 400 m (1,312 feet) below sea level. Asia’s longest river is China’s four thousand mile Yangtze. Within Asia’s boarders is the vast Caspian Sea, surrounded by several central Asian nations. The sub-continent of India, the vast nation of China, the smaller industrial powers of Japan, South Korea and Thailand all figure into the amazingly complex matrix that is Asia.
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Neon signs galore, dim sum, and amazing temples are a few of the favourite experiences in Hong Kong. Take in as much as you can of this thrilling city with its endless shopping and towering skyscrapers. Your agenda for Hong Kong should include Victoria Peak, an Aberdeen Fishing Village, the Man Mo Temple and Sheung Wan Dried Food and Herbal Market.
HA Long Bay – Vietnam
Nothing can prepare you for the beauty of Ha Long Bay and its 2,000 limestone karsts, nor the experience of trekking around mountainous Sapa. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, this port city with its sweeping lush landscapes and calm waters lies just 100 miles from the bustling streets of Hanoi. Catch a water taxi out to one of the many floating restaurants on the bay.
Tokyo – Japan
There aren’t many places on Earth that blend ancient tradition and the ultra modern quite like Tokyo. Centuries-old gardens and cobblestone laneways live in perfect harmony with soaring skyscrapers and dazzling neon lights. Get immersed in an unrivalled dining scene, fashionable boutiques, and endless cultural encounters in this ever-evolving city.
Your Shanghai cruise is not complete without strolling through the colourful Bund district, a colonial-era street with neoclassical and art deco architecture, or visiting the Jade Buddha Temple or the beautiful Yu Gardens. From authentic Chinese and Cantonese cuisine to local teahouses, you’ll find five-star gourmet and time honoured traditional offerings to choose from, as well as endless international food options. Make your way to Nanjing Road and browse the hundreds of shops lining the expansive pedestrian walkway for keepsakes and trinkets. Or head over to the Old City God’s Temple Market for authentic Chinese souvenirs.