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Facts about Asia

  • Population: more than 4 billion, yes that’s billion!
  • Land Area: 45,036,490 square kilometres (17,388,690 square miles)
  • Countries: 48.
  • Highest Peak: Mount Everest, on the border of Nepal and China, rises 8848 metres (29,029 feet) above sea level. …
  • Largest Lake: Caspian Sea.

Asia is home to many interesting animals including the giant panda, Asian elephant, tiger, Bactrian camel, komodo dragon, and the king cobra. China and India are the two largest countries in the world by population. China is number one with over 1.3 billion people. India is number two with over 1.2 billion.

 

Surprising Facts About Asia

  • Singapore has a building inspired by a Star Wars robot.
  • There are over 1,600 temples in Kyoto, Japan.
  • Hong Kong means ‘fragrant harbor’
  • China produces 45 billion pairs of chopsticks each year.
  • South Korea has a separate Valentine’s Day for single people.
  • There are more than 150 volcanoes in Indonesia.

What is the weather like in Asia?

The Southern sections of Asia are mild to hot, while far northeastern areas such as Siberia are very cold. East Asia has a temperate climate. The highest temperature recorded in Asia was 54.0 °C (129.2 °F) at Tirat Zvi, Israel on June 21, 1942 and at Ahvaz, Iran on June 29, 2017.

 

Asia covers an area of 44,579,000 square kilometres, about 30% of Earth’s total land area and a population of 4.4 Billion, constituting over 60% of total world population. The mainland Asia ranges through about 77° of latitude and 195° of longitude, distances of about 8,700 km (5,400 mi) long by 9,700 km (6,000 mi) wide.

Asia is generally defined as comprising the eastern four-fifths of Eurasia. It is located to the east of the Suez Canal and the Ural Mountains, and south of the Caucasus Mountains (or the Kuma–Manych Depression) and the Caspian and Black Seas. It is bounded on the east by the Pacific Ocean, on the south by the Indian Ocean and on the north by the Arctic Ocean.

The continent of Asia consists of 48 sovereign states and 6 partially sovereign or dependent territories.

Russia have territory both in Asia and Europe whereas 97% of Turkey including its capital Ankara lies in Asia and only 3% in Europe.

Home to the world’s first modern civilisation, Asia features a wide variety of cultural heritage of many nationalities, societies, and ethnic groups in the region. There are an abundance of ethnic groups throughout Asia, with adaptations to the varied climate zones of the continent.

The music, dance, art, literature and food of Asia is as vast and unique as the many cultures and peoples who inhabit the region.

Asia has been the birthplace of most of the world’s mainstream religions including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Jainism, Sikhism, Zoroastranism, as well as many other religions. Almost all Asian religions have philosophical character and Asian philosophical traditions cover a large spectrum of philosophical thoughts and writings.

There is a wide variety of languages spoken throughout Asia, comprising a number of families and some unrelated isolates. For instance, according to Ethnologue, more than 600 languages are spoken in Indonesia, more than 800 languages spoken in India, and more than 100 are spoken in the Philippines. China also has many languages and dialects in different provinces so as many other Asian countries.