Once the mysterious “Orient” in the East, Asia has intrigued the Western mind for centuries! Prior to the 19th century, Asian nations China and India were revered for their incredible wealth and prosperity. People are now left to stare in awe and wonder at such symbols of the region’s power as the 13,000-mile-long Great Wall of China, the army of as many as 8,000 terracotta soldiers, the esteemed grandeur of the Taj Mahal, or the over-200-foot-tall Leshan Giant Buddha carved into a mountain-face some 1,200 years ago.
However, Asia is not only known for the wealth and prosperity it once symbolized. It is the birthplace of most, if not all, major religions still being practiced worldwide today. Though generally considered today to be Western religions of the Middle East Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all had their beginnings on what is technically Asian soil. Asia is home to a wealth of ethnically, and culturally diverse peoples. From the stoic and serene Kopan Monestary in Nepal, to the hustle and bustle of busy city life in Tokyo, Asia can offer an amazing travel experience, whatever your interest!