Asia is home to the majority of humanity, lively cities, sublime landscapes and almost endless options. Asia varies from the mega-cities and technology capitals of East Asia to the magnificent monuments in South Asia, and from the beach bungalows and jungle treks of Southeast Asia to the desert ruins and modern mega-malls of the Middle East.

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Tokyo is the enormous and wealthy capital of Japan, overflowing with culture, commerce and, most of all, people.

Mumbai, a cosmopolitan metropolis, earlier known as Bombay, is the largest city in India and the capital of the state Maharashtra.

Singapore is a city-state in Southeast Asia. Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, since independence it has become one of the world's most prosperous countries and boasts one of the world's busiest ports.

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Southeast Asia is a collection of related but dissimilar states squeezed between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

East Asia is a cultural and geographic region of Asia. ChinaThe giant of East Asia, with a vast array of cultural and natural treasures among the frenzied development.

South Asia comprises the countries lying between the Himalaya range of mountains and the Indian Ocean and between the Ganga and Indus river valleys.

The Middle East is a region in western Asia and north-eastern Africa. The term "Middle East" was created by British military …

Central Asia is most notable for being home to the '-stans': Rugged countries with limited arable land, historically coveted for their position between Europe and East Asia, rather than for their resources.

There are four overland routes to Lhasa from the four cardinal directions. Two will not be discussed here: For more on those, and on the routes below, see the Tibet article and the Tibetan journeys itinerary.

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