Immerse yourself in the cultural wonders and the lush wildlife of the Asian continent!
Asia is not only the world’s largest and most populous continent, it is also where some of the most incredible wildlife habitats on the planet can be found. A rich tapestry of ancient landscapes and cultures, this vast and varied land is waiting to be discovered. Part of the Eurasian landmass, Asia covers a vast swathe of the Earth’s surface, from the Ural Mountains in the west, to the Pacific Ocean in the Far East. The continent’s culture is incredibly diverse, from its crowded and bustling cities to the serene Buddhist monks who reside high in the Himalayas. Asia’s heritage includes the many temples of Cambodia and Vietnam, and the ancient Great Wall of China.
Asia possesses many stunning landscapes, rising from the steppes of the continent’s interior to the dizzying heights of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain on Earth at a staggering 8,848m. The sweltering jungles of southern Asia contain many iconic species, including tigers, elephants, rhinoceroses and orangutans. Asia’s tropical waters are also ideally situated to host a wealth of marine species, which attract a huge number of tourists and divers annually. Unfortunately, the region’s burgeoning human population has caused some species to become endangered, including the Japanese Topeshark, Bennett’s Stingray, Dugongs, Green Turtles and the Finless Porpoise.
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Article content sources: IUCN Red List.