Asia is the largest continent in land area and also in population. 30% of the earth’s land area belongs to Asia. It spreads across both the Northern and the Southern Hemisphere. The entire continent is incredibly diverse in every aspect. There are places with huge population density, and also places with no sign of inhabitation at all.

The Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, and the Arctic Ocean make up its border. Though there is no physical obstruction between the land of Asia and Europe, the cultural obstruction has led to the separation of these continents from one another. The most commonly accepted border points between Europe and Asia are these: the Suez Canal, the Ural River, the Ural Mountains, the Caucasus Mountains, the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea.

For a long time, Asia was a home for the majority of the human population and was the place, where many of the ancient civilizations were born. For example, China and India have been enormous economic super nations since the ancient times. It was during his pursuit of India that Columbus discovered America by accident. The continent is sought after this much!

Geographically, the continent is divided into five regions: Central Asia, Southern Asia, Eastern Asia, South-East Asia and Western Asia.

Central Asia includes countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan (all these countries are former Soviet republics).

Eastern Asia includes countries: China, Hong Kong, North Korea and South Korea, Macau, Japan, Mongolia, and Taiwan.

Southern Asia includes countries: India, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Bhutan.

South-East Asia includes countries: Thailand, Brunei, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, the Philippines and Timor-Leste.

Western Asia (also called sometimes Southwestern Asia) includes countries: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq,  Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Syria, Cyprus, and Turkey.

Asia is home to the most ancient of all global civilizations. The beautiful geography ranges from the jaw-dropping Himalayan peaks to the vast grasslands of Mongolia. It is a great land worth exploring!

August 23, 2016 12:00 am Published by 4 Comments

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