Asia is the largest continent in the world. It boasts of several tourist destinations worth visiting. In this article, we will look at 5 Asian destinations the continent has to offer.
The Siberian Altai is a mountain range located in the western Siberia biogeographic region. It is the most complete sequence of vegetation zones beginning from pasture, forest, mixed forest, subalpine vegetation to alpine vegetation. It serves as home to rare animal species such as the snow leopard.
Located 1,290 feet above sea level, Cherrapunji in India receives the most number of annual rainfall in the world. However, 98 percent of local rainfall happens from March to October every year with only four months of dry season. There is no reservoir for rain water in this Asian destination.
Stretching more than 3,000 kilometers, the Sindhu River comes from the glaciers of the Himalayas. This stretch of river serves as an important source of irrigation. Shrinking glaciers and irregular changes in rainfall can help improve water shortage in this area.
Maldives is an archipelago situated in the Indian Ocean. Consisting of 1,200 islands, it is popular for its panoramic sceneries, white beaches, swaying palm trees, colorful corals, and abundant sunshine. If the rising sea level continues due to global warming, this beautiful island might eventually disappear from the map.
Located on the Chao Phraya Delta of Thailand, Bangkok serves as the center of politics, economy, culture, and education of the country. This Asian destination is always threatened by flooding during the rainy season due to its low position. It is estimated that most of Bangkok will be submerged below sea level until the end of the century.
Komodo Island in Indonesia is well renowned for its clear sea and vast tropical marine life making it a popular diving destination for divers around the world. It is also home to the Komodo Dragon, the largest lizard in the world. Acidification and changes in the ocean water temperature led to the death of the corals around the island.
Hokkaido used to be the home of around 1,200 Red-crowned cranes. However, large scale hunting and rising sea levels in this Asian destination has led to the gradual decrease of these rare breeding birds.
Borneo is the third largest island in the world. About 50 percent of this Indonesian island is covered by primitive forests. This island has become a victim of excessive logging, road expansion, and oil palm plantation expansion which led to the shrinking of the tropical forests.
Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world above sea level. It is home to diverse species of rare endangered animals including snow leopards and pandas. Scientists reveal that about 2/3 of the glacier in this area has melted.
These 10 Asian destinations are just some of the reasons the largest continent in the world is worth visiting.
Robert Janitzek offers tips and guides on different destinations to visit. You can check out his website at www.robertjanitzektravels.com.