The 10 Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Asia
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Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world with a peak that soars 8847m (29,028 ft) above sea level. Situated on the border of Nepal and Tibet in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayan Mountains, the natural beauty of Everest is unrivalled. Incredibly, all 14 of the world’s peaks measuring over 8000 meters can be found in this area, providing the most extreme climbing/mountaineering challenges in the world.
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Huangguoshu Waterfall, situated in the province of Anshun, is one of the largest waterfalls in China at 255ft (77.8m) high. It’s name, ‘Huangguoshu’, literally translates to ‘yellow fruit tree’. Known as the Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park, the Chinese Tourism board have classified the park at the highest possible level.
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K2 is the second highest mountain in the world, with a peak rising 8611m (28,251ft) above sea level. Situated on the border of Pakistan and China, it is commonly known as the ‘Savage Mountain’ due to its difficult ascent and high fatality rate. The first successful ascent was by an Italian expedition in 1954, though not every climb since has been as successful. In fact, a quarter of those attempting to climb K2 have died as a result of their efforts.
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Jeita Grotto, the longest cave in the Middle East, is situated approximately 11 miles (18km) north of Beirut. It consists of two separate, but interconnected, limestone caves, and boasts a length of 5.6 miles (9km). One of the worlds most amazing agglomerations of stalactites and stalagmites, Jeita Grotto is widely considered to be the pride of Lebanon, and featured as a finalist in the New 7 Wonders of Nature competition.
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Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world, is situated in Nepal and forms part of the Dhaulagiri mountain range. Its name is derived from Sanskrit, where it means ‘white beautiful mountain’. First ascended in 1960 by a Swiss-Austrian team, the mountain has since been climbed successfully hundreds of times.
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Reed Flute Cave is a natural limestone cave in the Guangxi province of China. Its name is derived from a variety of naturally abundant reed that grows throughout the area, which can be used to make flutes. The Reed Flute Cave boasts bodies of water, extraordinary stalagmite and stalactite formations, as well as a number of ink inscriptions dating back to the 8th century. The sheer number of rock formations, paired with their variance in form and color, has led to the cave being deemed “The Palace of Natural Arts.”
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The Gobi Desert spans portions of both Northern China and Southern Mongolia, covering a total area of 1.29 million square kilometres (0.5 million square miles). A cold desert; Gobi has one of the world’s most extreme climates, featuring rapid temperature changes, both seasonally and daily. Summer months bring temperatures of up to 122°F (50°C) whilst in the winter months, temperatures can drop to below -40°F (-40 °C). Rainfall is limited to approximately seven inches annually.
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The Mulu Caves lie deep in the jungles of Borneo, sprawling for miles below Sarawak’s Gunung Mulu National Park. The sea carved the deep gorges and complex cave networks of the caves limestone system. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, the Mulu Caves are believed to include some of the planet’s largest known underground caverns and passages. Notable caves include Benarat Cavern, Clearwater Cave, Wind Cave, and Sarawak Chamber, considered the largest known natural cavern in the world.
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Puerto Princesa Underground River, Philippines
Situated on the coast of Palaway, about 364 miles (585 kilometers) from Manila, lies the Puerto Princesa Underground River, recently designated one of the Seven New Wonders of Nature. With five miles (8.2 kilometers) of navigable waters, it is considered the longest navigable underground river in the world. Visitors taking a paddle boat tour of the cave will see incredible caverns, a huge cave dome, unusual rock formations, as well as the legions of swiftlets and bats that inhabit the caves. In particular, the Lion’s Cave, Daylight Hole and Kawili Cave are popular with explorers.
The Stone Forest in Kunming, China is a playground of varied rock structures. Made of basalt rock, the stalagmite rock formations differ in both shape and size, yet take the appearance of carefully molded structures. A walkway runs through the forest, bending in and around the rocks. Geologists believe that the various rock shapes were created as a result of water erosion at least 270 million years ago.
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