The world’s largest and most populous continent, Asia is home to 48 countries, including China and India. Asia is a land of highly diverse landscapes: bushy jungles, snow capped mountains, and glowing coastlines. Asia’s unique culture has been developing separately from Western culture for thousands of years, until the voyage of Marco Polo, which marked the turning point in unification of the west and the east.
Today Asia remains deeply immersed in its culture and tradition. This is a very spiritual continent, with influences of dozens of different religions and spiritualities, and they all manage to coexist relatively peacefully. China and India are experiencing a period of rapid economic growth and become modern economic giants. Asia’s biological diversity, vast landscapes and a long history of tradition and spirituality make it a great place to study abroad and experience an different environment and culture.
A journey through Asia can take you on a magical adventure through the sands of time. You can witness the spectacular historic site of the Silk Road, dive into the serene beauty of the Togean Islands in Indonesia, scale the 4095m Mt Kinabalu in Malaysia, or indulge in hedonism in Bangkok’s nightlife. Travel back in time to a samurai village in Usuki Japan or explore the ghost town of Fatehpur Sikri, in India, the possibilities for adventures in Asia are virtually limitless.
When to Go
Being the world’s largest continent, Asia is home to a variety of climates and habitats. Many regions (especially the North) can get quite cold during the winter, but rarely do they get too severe. The time you choose to visit Asia will largely depend on your needs and interests, and every season is a good season to experience the continents majestic and mythical nature.
Asia’s serene beauty, long history, rich culture, and deep spirituality make it an ideal place to study virtually any subject. Asia provides a nice contrast to Western culture and the Western way of thinking, and can sometime be very helpful on one’s journey to enlightenment.
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National University of Singapore: http://www.nus.edu.sg/