What comes to your mind when you hear the word "Asia"? Do you start to think of Chinese walking around the town with their umbrellas? Does an enchanting view of paddy fields pop up in your mind? Most of us associate Asia with the quality of being exotic: the sceneries, the cultures, the people—the peculiarity truly makes us curious and amazed at the same time. So, do you want to know more about Asia? Here are some facts which you may not know before!
1. The Largest Continent Amongst the Others.
Asia is such a vast continent with a total size of 44,579,000 km2 and so it becomes the most populous continent in the world (apparently 60% of the world’s population live in Asia!). You can find the largest countries in the world here, such as China, India, and Russia. Apparently, Asia is a part of the supercontinent known as Eurasia with Asia and Europe having no clear physical separation between them.
2. Home to Crazy Rich Asians.
This movie name truly depicts the shift of the Asian economy nowadays. There are more billionaires in Asia than anywhere else in the world. There are even more billionaires there than in the US. However, we should also take note that a large number of Asian people are still living in poverty.
3. There are a lot of High Mountains in Asia.
Do you love the breathtaking mountains standing tall right before your eyes? Then Asia is the perfect place for you! Fourteen highest mountains in the world are in Asia—and one of them is the infamous Mount Everest.
4. Rich Biodiversity.
Asia is home to a wide range of endemic animals and plants. You can find various species of elephants, tigers, monkeys, snakes, birds, and many more. But, the recent deforestation and palm oil expansion led to pollution and danger to wildlife in the marshland and jungle in Asia.
5. Insects as Delicacies in some of the Countries.
Asian people sure have tough taste buds. You can find some regions in Asia whose markets sell silkworms, crickets, and other types of insects sold as snacks. These snacks are evenly distributed and sold in the supermarkets!
6. Home to more than 500 Million Buddhists
Buddhism has a stronghold in this continent; this is especially true in the South- and East Asia. However, it isn’t the only thriving beliefs here. Catholicism, Islamism, Hinduism, and local faiths have a major following here in Asia.
8. Asia is home to many nations.
This continent comprises 49 nations as UN members, 1 UN observer, and 5 other states not fully recognized by all nationalities.
9. Asia has some of the tallest buildings in the world.
There is the infamous Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world situated in Dubai. Aside from Burj Khalifa, there are many other tall buildings in Asia like the Lotte World Tower, Tokyo Skytree, Shanghai Tower, and the Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower.
10. Asia is famous for venomous snakes
Even if you may not actually encounter them on a regular vacation, there’s no mistaking that many venomous snakes live on this continent. Some of them are Common India Krait, Saw-scaled Viper, Malayan Pit Viper, and King Cobra.