Asia – the largest continent in the world – covers fully one-third of our planet’s land mass. It is home to 49 countries and over 5 billion people. Asia is where man first domesticated animals and developed agriculture. In the Fertile Crescent the ancients found a way to grow wheat and barley to create bread – the staff of life.Read More
Asia is multi polar in terms of nationalities and powers: Russia is in the North; Siberia lies to the east of the Ural Mountains; India lodges in the south, while China and Japan occupy the south east.
This cornucopia of nations and cultures makes Asia a most desirable destination for travel.
Scenically, Asia offers it all – from the Arabian deserts to the snow-capped Himalaya and Mount Everest, the highest peak on Earth; and from the heat and humidity of India through the frozen wastelands of Siberia.
Asia cannot be visited in a single journey. There are simply too many cultures to be explored even in a few trips. Most Asian countries require at least one trip and some require more – in some cases many more – in order to encompass everything that Asia has to offer.
The Far East: Portuguese, Spanish and British explorers and seafarers who began to visit the east on their expeditions around Africa called the areas they discovered “The Far East.” The term became fixed in international consciousness and was commonly linked to colonialism. The Europeans sought after wealth, silk, natural resources and spices. The beauty of the various cultures they only realized much later.
China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia – millions of people, varied cultures, fascinating age old histories and the odd Jew here and there throughout the ages, make for a storybook filled with legends and facts, mythologies and traditions.
Every traveler to the Far East returns with multi-sensory experiences of colors, aromas, scenery; styles, shadows and tastes, along with tales of an exciting mixture of Christianity and paganism and pure idolatry, and accounts of people who live in abject poverty but are happy with their lot.
The Far East is where people return year after year and its never the same.
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