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Central Asia is the middle region of the Asian continent. Long a bridge between Europe and Asia, the region was the center of the Silk Road and served as a crossroads for the movement of people, goods, and ideas between Europe, Western Asia, South Asia, and East Asia. Its vast areas are dominated by deserts and treeless, grassy steppes. It is also home to the beautiful Tian Shan mountains and, further south, the Pamir mountains.
East Asia covers a vast expanse of the Asian continent and ranges from the arid steppes of Mongolia to the vast deserts of northwestern China, extensive rice paddies, and subtropical islands. Chinese dynasties long dominated the region, leaving influences like the Confucian ethical philosophy, Buddhism, a common writing system, and various political and legal systems.
South Asia is one of the world's most densely populated regions, with roughly a quarter of humanity (about 1.8 billion people). The region is extremely geographically diverse, with ecosystems ranging from tropical rainforests to large desert and grasslands areas to the high alpine areas of the Himalayas. An important unifying feature in much of the region is the colonial influence of British culture, and especially the widespread use of the English language.
Southeast Asia is a collection of related but dissimilar states squeezed between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. The area has long been a favorite region for travelers, well-known for its beautiful beaches, quality cuisine, low prices, and good air connections. It is home to extensive rain forests, and its coral reefs have the highest levels of marine biodiversity in the world.