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Here are some of the top facts you need to know:
- The Asian continent is the biggest with an area of 44,579,000 km2, covering more than one third of the earth.
- Almost 60% of the world’s population live in Asia.
- There are 48 countries in Asia.
- The world’s highest mountain and the lowest point on earth are in Asia.
Which countries are part of Asia?
There are 48 countries in Asia and 3 dependent or autonomous areas. These countries and areas are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Georgia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, East, Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea and Taiwan.
12 of these countries are landlocked with no access to the sea.
Both Russia and Turkey are considered to be a part of Asia AND Europe!
How big is Asia?
The Asian continent is the largest of the seven continents with an area of almost 45,000,000 km2, covering more than one third of the earth. The majority of Asia is located in the northern hemisphere bordering many oceans including the Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean and Indian Ocean. The only country in Asia located entirely in the Southern Hemisphere is Indonesia.
The largest country by land size is Russia and the smallest is the Maldives.
How many people live in Asia?
There are 4.7 billion people living in Asia which is almost 60% of the world’s population. The most populated city is Shanghai in China, which has more than 24,000,000 people living there! The next biggest city is Beijing, also in China, with more than 21,000,000 people.
The smallest country by population in Asia is Brunei with just over 400,000 people and the largest is China with around 1.4 billion!
What languages are spoken in Asia?
There are more than 2,300 dialects of languages spoken in Asia, with the most common languages being Mandarin, Hindi, Indonesian, Bengali and Japanese. Hindi is the oldest language in the world and more than 550,000,000 people around the world speak Hindi.
The highest and lowest points on earth are in Asia
The highest mountain in the world is Mount Everest in Nepal, measuring 8,849m high. In fact, the top 10 highest mountains in the world are all found in Asia! The first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest were Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953.
The lowest point in the world is the Dead Sea, a salt lake situated between the countries of Jordan and Israel. The lake is 430m below sea level and is around eight times saltier than the ocean. This means you can easily float in it. The water is so salty that it tastes bitter and contains almost no life apart from algae and microorganisms.
The geography of Asia
The Arabian Desert is the largest desert in Asia and the fourth largest in the world. The desert touches nine countries and covers most of the Arabian Peninsula.
The Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia and is 6,300km long. It is located in China and is the third longest river in the world after the Amazon and the Nile. It is the longest river to flow entirely within one country.
Which religions are practised in Asia?
Because Asia is so big, there are many religions used in this part of the world. It is believed that Hinduism and Islam are the religions with the most followers in Asia. Other religions that are practised include Buddhism, Christianity and Judaism along with many others.
What food is eaten in Asia?
Rice is a staple food in Asia and is eaten at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nine of the top 10 rice producing countries are located in Asia (the only one that isn’t is Brazil) and it is believed that Asians eat up to 90% of the world’s rice supply! Biryani and sushi are two common rice dishes.
Noodles are eaten in many parts of Asia and are integral to many dishes like Pho in Vietnam and Ramen in Japan. There are also many different types of noodles including egg noodles, udon noodles, soba noodles and shirataki noodles.
Tea is an important part of Asian culture and tradition. It is often thought of as a spiritual practice and an art form. In many countries there are specific ceremonies for drinking tea and it should not be rushed. There are many different types of tea depending on the occasion.
Insects are eaten in many parts of Asia. They are usually fried and sold in markets or supermarkets. Crunchy!
What animals can I find in Asia?
There are many animals that are found in Asia, including monkeys, tigers, snow leopards, polar bears, panda bears, the endangered orangutan and the largest living lizards, Komodo dragons! The largest land mammal in Asia is the Asian elephant, which is smaller than the African elephant and is distinguished from the African elephant by its smaller ears.
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What tourist attractions are in Asia?
Asia is full of amazing tourist attractions – many date back thousands of years!
The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is a wall that took more than 2,000 years to build and stretches for more than 21,000km from west to east in northern China. The average height of the wall is 6-7m and averages 6.5m in width. It took more than 1,000,000 people to build it.
The tallest building in the world is the Burj Khalifa located in the United Arab Emirates. This incredible building rises 828m into the sky and has 163 floors! It took more than five years to build this skyscraper.
The Grand Palace in Thailand
The Grand Palace is a complex of palaces in the middle of Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. It was built in 1782 and is like a mini city, surrounded by 4 walls. You must wear long clothing that covers your knees and shoulders to enter the palace grounds as this is deemed to be respectful.
The Taj Mahal is a building in India that was built by an Emperor in memory of his wife. The building is made of white marble and took more than 20 years to build.
Petra is a historic and archaeologically significant ancient city in Jordan. It is believed to have been in the third or fourth century BC and the buildings were carved out of stone.
The temple complex of Angkor Wat is located in Cambodia and covers more than 400 acres. There are 72 temples in total and was once the capital city of the Khmer empire.
Fun facts about Asia for kids
When you think about it, Asia is an incredible and diverse place! We hope you love these fun facts about Asia and it makes you want to visit soon!
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