Asia’s top destinations
Asia is one of the world’s most fascinating history it has a unique culture and history different to anything you’ll find here in Europe, yet the culture is also remarkably different between those countries themselves, here is a guide to some of the most fascinating, scenic and interesting cities to visit in Asia and a guide to some of the best things to see there.
Summer Palace– The summer palace is included on Unesco’s world heritage list, it deserves it’s place it is stunningly beautiful with a array of lakes, gardens, bridges, temples and palaces.
View over Kunming Lake – Summer Palace
Great Wall at Mutianyu– Simply one of the most iconic site in the world, no visit to China is complete without a visit to the Great Wall of China. The section of the wall here is less crowded than at Badaling or Juyongguan. This makes it a much more enjoyable experience. You are able to walk the 1.6 miles stretch of the wall. Mutianyu is much less touristy than other areas so you can just enjoy the experience of this beautiful area. For only 45 Yuan (£4) this is well worth a visit.
This is a beautiful park filled with a variety of flowers and trees, the views here are breath-taking with a hill view of the Forbidden City. In the mornings there are groups of older people practicing Tai Chi, which you are more than welcome to join in with, people in the park are friendly and it’s definitely a place you should visit.
Originally a sacrificial temple, temple of heaven was built in 1420 during the ming dynasty. It is now a series of religious buildings located in 2.73 km² of parkland consisting of The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, The Imperial Vault of Heaven and the The Circular Mound Altar.
The old quarter is area that is famous for its merchants and specialised trades such as jewellers and its many silk shops for which the area had initially became famous. There are many local food eateries as well as bars and clubs. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday there is an evening market where food, clothing and souvenirs can be purchased.
Vinpearl water park is the only on the beach freshwater park in Vietnam, this is like Disneyland for those who love waterparks. There is something for everyone here over 20 slides for those who are serious about their waterparks it also has South Asia’s largest wave pool. There are fun fairs, arcades as well as an underwater aquarium; there is something for everyone adults and children alike.
The memorial to Ho Chi Minh is located in Ba Dinh square where he read the declaration of independence in 1945 establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. The embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh which lies in state in a glass case is preserved in the central hall of the mausoleum. If you do choose to visit here you need to be aware that there are strict rules, legs must be covered visitors must be silent. Hands must not be in pockets, nor arms crossed, smoking, drinking, eating or recordings are also not permitted anywhere inside the mausoleum.
Located in Asakusa this Buddhist temple is one of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples as well as the oldest. It has a fascinating history, during World War II it was destroyed but rebuilt as a symbol of peace to the Japanese people, In the courtyard you can see a tree that was hit by a bomb in one of the many air raids on the city. To lighten the mood on your visit here there is also a shopping street of over 200 meters leads from the outer gate to the temple's second gate, where many traditional Japanese items may be purchased such as Japanese fans and various food items.
This is a spacious public park located in Taito, it is home to 8,800 trees if you love Cherry Blossoms this is the place for you, it is a park of stunning beauty and is a must see area of Tokyo. There are several museums and temples located in the park.
Some of the other facilities to be found here are:
· International Library of Children's Literature
· Ueno Zoo
· Tokugawa mausoleum
· Sogakudo Concert Hall
· National Museum of Nature and Science
The National Museum opened in 1872 it was the first museum to open in Japan; it is also the largest art museum in Japan. The museum preserves a collection of art and archaeological objects. The museum has over 110,000 objects which focus on Asia and in particular Japan of course. If you don’t speak or understand Japanese no need to worry all information is provided in Chinese, English, German, Korean and Spanish.
The national orchid garden is located on the highest point in Singapore’s botanic gardens; it is home to 60,000 orchid plants. The plants are displayed in 4 different colour zones: The spring zone has colours of bright shades of gold and yellow; the summer zone with reds and pinks; the autumn zone of mature shades; and the winter zone of whites and cool blues. It is an area of amazing natural beauty and well worth a visit.
Located in a rainforest environment, Singapore Zoo is home to over 2,800 animals from over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles. Here you can have a jungle breakfast with wildlife, watch interesting presentations, do photography with animals, you can even go on a night safari or ride with an elephant. There is even a water park located in the zoo; there is something for everybody to do at Singapore zoo.