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Apr-2013

5 Best Destinations Of Mainland Asia

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With a land area of more than 44 million square kilometers, the continent of Asia is home to many of the world’s most amazing ancient and modern attractions. Check out the following Asian cities to have a diverse and rich travel experience:

Kathmandu

Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu, is home to various ancient structures, such as the Boudhanath, the country’s largest temple, and the Durbar Square, a complex located in the city center and houses 12th century temples. It also has natural landmarks, including the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest.

Shanghai

China’s biggest city, Shanghai, is a hub of the country’s most amazing contemporary and ancient landmarks.

To enjoy the urban vibe of the metropolis, stroll along The Bund, a 1.5-kilometer stretch of skyscrapers along the Huangpu River bank, and walk the length of Nanjing Road, which is known for its busy and vibrant shopping atmosphere.

For a cultural tour of Shanghai, do not forget to visit its well-preserved ancient temples, like the Chenghuang Temple (Taoist), Jade Buddha Temple (Buddhist), and the Longhua Temple (Buddhist).

Mumbai

Formerly known as Bombay, the city of Mumbai has some of the country’s most historically important landmarks, including:

  • Gateway of India (a monument dedicated to King George V and Queen Mary’s visit to the city)
  • Siddhivinayak Temple (a Hindu temple built to honor Lord Shri Ganesh)
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (a UNESCO World Heritage railway station that is the headquarters of India’s Central Railways)

Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city, offers a wide variety of activities to do and places to see, such as watching a puppet show at the Thang Long Puppet Theater, visiting the tomb of Vietnam’s greatest leader, Ho Chi Minh, checking out the 15th-century Perfume Pagoda, and shopping at the Dong Xuan Market for souvenirs, food, and locally made products.

Bethlehem

Known to be the birth place of Jesus Christ, Bethlehem is a must-visit city that is home to many centuries-old structures, historical landmarks, and breathtaking sceneries.

The Church of the Nativity, said to be the place where Jesus Christ was born, was built around the 4th more than two thousand years ago.

Other must-sees in Bethlehem are the St. Catherine Church, Manger Square, Milk Grotto, Museum of Old Bethlehem, Herodium, Mar Saba Monastery, and Solomon’s Pools.

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