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A Myriad of Mountains, Metropolises and Mysteries

by Nick S Curtis

posted in Travel and Leisure

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Asia is a spectacular fusion of differing cultures and stunning landscapes. It has important financial and economic hubs as well as beautiful holiday resorts. Add to this a good amount of ancient history, culture and adventure. It is a continent where mysticism and modernity go hand in hand - there is so much to explore that you'll be spoilt for choice; trek on one of the world's most dangerous paths as you try to reach the monastery on Mount Huashan in China, visit the ultramodern Tokyo in Japanese or relax on a heavenly beach in Bali. Here are some of the top countries to visit in Asia.
Known throughout the world for its picturesque beaches, Maldives is perhaps the most famous holiday destination in the world. Its islands are the definition of beauty with their white sandy beaches, lush greenery and calm clear waters. World class facilities are provided to those who visit, the islands have the ideal weather for water waters which include swimming, waterskiing, scuba diving and windsurfing. If you want adventure as well as paradise, look no further than the Maldives.
Visiting Japan means seeing a unique clash of modern and ancient, a mix of shrines and skyscrapers.It has a rich history, the Samurai and Shogun being the center of it, along with a wealth of culture within its lands. Cities like Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto offer plenty for the tourist as well as its lesser populated islands. Rural Japan is also a great place to explore. The people are friendly, the sushi is great and the overall atmosphere is second to none.
The Great Wall of China looms into the mind when you think of China. Besides this fantastic wonder of the world, China has other great attractions to offer to the world and they are no less intriguing than the Wall. The Terracotta Army, the Forbidden City, Huangshan, Jiuzhaigou are some of the great marvels to see in this vast country. These combined with the food, a history spanning back millennia, some truly breathtaking landscapes and helpful locals makes China an unforgettable tourist destination.
Malaysia is a popular tourist location located within Southeast Asia, it encompasses great beaches, rainforests, spectacular cities and a population which mixes Malay, Chinese, Indian and European people. All this makes it a truly unique place to visit. Its capital Kuala Lumpur is one of the most visited cities in the world.
While Pakistan's image is marred by unfortunate incidents, those are localized to a particular area of the country. In fact Pakistan is a wonderful place to visit with a beautiful landscape featuring deserts, mountain ranges, lakes, forests and serene valleys. Besides the cultural hubs such as Lahore, tourists go to famous valleys such as Hunza, Gilgit, Skardu and Naltar. It has several famous mountains which mountaineers like to climb including K2 and Nanga Parbat. Its northern areas are among the most beautiful places you'll see anywhere.
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