Asia is the world’s largest continent, comprising 30% of total land area. It is also the most populous, with its roughly 4.4 billion people comprising 60% of the world’s total population.

The boundaries between Asia and Europe are culturally determined, while the Middle East is often considered as a distinct region in itself. The only clear boundaries are the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Arctic Ocean to the north. The vast Siberian area of Russia is considered part of Asia (Russia’s smaller western area is considered Europe).

Given its size and diversity, the concept of Asia—a name dating back to classical antiquity—may actually have more to do with human geography than physical geography. Asia varies greatly across and within its regions with regard to ethnic groups, cultures, environments, economics, historical ties and government systems.

Travel options range widely, from magnificent ancient monuments beach bungalows and jungle treks to mega-cities and technology capitals. The emerging powerhouses of China and India have become especially popular travel destinations in recent years owing the long history, size and diversity of each.


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