- This is not the answer in The Hitchhicker’s Guide to the Galaxy – the answer to life is 42, not 48. This is the number of countries that make of Asia the world’s largest continent. It’s naturally difficult to choose which ones to visit first, and what to do in each place. You might take a pick and start discovering these cultural marvels, one after the others. Asia has so much to offer to the world, and especially to holidaymakers who come back with an open mind, and sometimes even a new faith. This post will only cover three out of the 48 countries, namely China, Nepal and Singapore.
From Shanghai to the Beijing, there are many worlds that coexist in China: An ancient culture and a modern high-tech industry. It’s impossible to visit China without spending some time exploring the glorious past of the country. If you go to Beijing, do stop at the Forbidden City, which will give you an insight into the life of an emperor in China, at least since the 15th century. A mere two-hour drive outside from Beijing, you’ll find one of the seven wonders of the world, that stretches over 6,000km of wall. If you want to make your journey count, join a Great Wall of China trek that will need 5 walking days. The trek is associated to a charity sponsorship so that you can walk to support a cause, such as cancer research for example. It’s a good way to make your visit to China count. Conclude your visit of ancient China with a trip to the terracotta army in Xi’an. Finally, return to modern life with a stay in Shanghai.
Nepal is a small land that sits between the Himalaya Mountains and the Indian jungles where yetis, yaks and monasteries seem to be part of common life. You will find a lot to see and do in Nepal, especially if you are a sporty type. There are several trekking tours, from the Everest circuit to the Annapurna circuit, that attracts fitness enthusiasts who have a soft spot for stunning landscapes. Don’t be fooled by the words of experienced climbers, these circuits take in average between 16 and 31 days to complete and require additional permits too. So make sure to have everything you need if you want to go on a Nepali adventure.
The Republic of Singapore has previously been a British colony and only gained independence in 1963. It became a sovereign nation in 1965. For almost 150 years, Singapore was a colony, and as a result, English has remained one of its many official languages. In fact, holidaymakers can easily step into the colonial past and stay in one of the Black and White houses on the island. These Tudor-style colonial houses, built in the 19th century, are luxury mansions that are available to rent when they are not already inhabited by wealthy families. The unique houses continue to attract the attention of history lovers who invest a lot in renovation works and maintenance: With the Tudor construction and the tropical garden that surrounds each house, there is indeed a lot to care for. You can find some houses open to visitors, so step inside and walk through the colonial-era of the country.