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Incredible Asia

by Editor Miro Susta 
Edited and published by Yvette Depaepe, the 1st of December 2021

In Asia, there are countless unique places to visit while travelling. More than every second person in the world lives in Asia.
The continent is diverse and colourful - and only geographically one unit. 
Dreaming of creating unforgettable memories in places that simply invite you to stop and admire the beauty?
In this article you will find pictures selected from the 1x photo gallery, which are all about the theme 'Incredible Asia'.

'Red Chillies Pickers' (Bangladesh) by Azim Khan Ronnie


With a yearly production of 0.14-0.15 million tonnes, Bangladesh is one of the most important growing countries for red chillies worldwide, chillies that are extremely hot. In the photo we see chilli pickers drying the red chillies in Bogra in northern Bangladesh.


'Passing Time' (Afghanistan) by Nathan Derrick


An elder man from Kandahar, the third largest city in Afghanistan, a city that has had to endure so much terror in the past. Does he remember better times in his war-ridden country?


'Celestial angles cathedral (Armenia) by Alexey Kharitonov

The white mountain Ararat, which stands on the Turkish-Armenian border, is over 5,265 metres high. Did Noah's Ark get stranded on Mount Ararat? Who knows, but nothing has been found there to date.
What we know that Mt. Ararat is a dormant volcano and that its last eruption was on June 2, 1840. At present the upper third of the mountain is covered with snow and ice throughout the year.
The photo with view of Ararat was taken from Armenian Zvartnots Cathedral 'celestial angels cathedral' built in 643-652.


'The skyscraper' (Bahrain) by Hanaa Turkistani


Rising 240 m above the capital city of Manama the sail-shaped towers of the Bahrain World Trade Centre rise up, with their architecture inspired by traditional Arabian merchant ships.
The conical, elliptical towers channel offshore winds through their aerodynamic shape to drive three giant wind turbines arranged between the towers on three crossbeams.
According to the engineers, the turbines are designed to cover between 11 and 15% of the energy demand of the Centre.


'Kampong Cham' (Cambodia) by Tashi_Delek Nakata

In Cambodia, the past is omnipresent. The ancient and modern history that has shaped and continues to shape this fascinating country is always close at hand.
One of that is Kampong Cham in the north of Cambodia, a peaceful place on the banks of the Mekong River. In photo traditional local small fish selling spot on the river bridge near Kampong Cham.


'On the top of Shanghai (China) by Carmine Chiriacó


With more than twenty-one million inhabitants, Shanghai is China's most populous city. But Shanghai is also a vibrant metropolis during daytime and a modern, luxuriously lit city through the night.


'Koruldi' (Georgia) by witold ziomek


Koruldi Lakes - a system of small lakes hidden in the Georgian mountains above the town of Mestia at an altitude of 2,743 m a s l. Above them rises the majestic Mount Ushba (4,710 m a s l), which, together with the surrounding snow-capped peaks, makes this place uniquely beautiful.


'Hawa Mahal' (India) by Rana Jabeen

The Hawa Mahal is considered the landmark of Jaipur, the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is an extraordinary and imaginative structure over five storeys.
Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh had it built in 1799 so that the ladies of the court at the time could watch the hustle and bustle of the streets and the processions on public holidays unobserved from behind the windows.
Many oriels with 953 small, latticed windows and ornaments adorn the salmon-coloured sandstone façade, behind which there are only galleries and stairs.


'Volcano Dawn' (Indonesia) by Karsten Wrobel

Mt. Bromo is an active volcano and part of the Indonesian Tengger massif in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, East Java. It is not the highest peak of the massif, but it is the most famous. The name Bromo comes from the Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator god.


'Walk Alone' (Iraq) by Alibaroodi


Mosul, Iraq's second largest city has become infamous as the scene of horrors perpetrated by the Islamic State. The terrorist organisation ruled here from 2014 to 2017.
The houses in the narrow streets of historic part of Mosul old city are just a pile of rubble, others have disappeared altogether. Although the city is safe and things are returning to normal, dissatisfaction with the current situation is ever-present. And where there is hunger, want and misery, radical ideas are born.


'Effoliation' (Israel) by Nadav Dov Boretzki


Bird migration in Israel is a natural spectacle. Twice a year, in spring and autumn, it is estimated that around five hundred million birds gather in the airspace above Israel on their way to their African wintering grounds or back to the European, Russian and Central Asian breeding grounds.
They then land for their evening rest in the fields of the Kibbutz or even in the middle of the Negev Desert, offering nature observers breath-taking and fascinating insights into one of nature's last great mysteries. The next morning, they continue the long journey after a spectacular mass take-off. Large flocks of circling large birds can also be observed in the sky over Tel Aviv or Jerusalem at the right time.


'Glory' (Japan) by Takashi


As the path to the summit of Mount Fuji only remains open for two months of the year, thousands of people make the pilgrimage in single file to the 3,776 m high mountain.
Mount Fuji has not only been climbed thousands of times, but also described, sung about, painted and photographed, as Takashi does for us. For centuries, Mount Fuji has been an inspiration to the Japanese, and since 2013 it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


'As-Salt' (Jordan) by Ibrahim Nabeel


Salt, a town situated at an altitude of 1,200 m northwest of Jordan's capital Amman, is a thriving trading centre halfway between Palestine and the desert towards Damascus.
Stone houses of wealthy merchant families stood here when Amman was still a village.
Salt used to be an important settlement in Roman, Byzantine and Mamluk times. But it only became important and prosperous in the late 19th century when the Ottomans developed Salt into a regional administrative hub.


'Kindhearted soul' (Laos) by Tatum Wulff

Laos has a population of about 7.5 million, which is about the same as the population of Switzerland but in terms of area, it is as large as Great Britain.
The Laotians are very friendly and open hearted, the people have a strong family bond, beggars and homeless can hardly be seen.


'Masjid Putrajaya' (Malaysia) by Jesús M. Garcia


The magnificent Malaysia’s Putra Mosque is influenced by the Safavid style of architecture, an Islamic art form that originated in Iran.
This beautiful mosque is located across the lake from the modern Malaysian city of Putrajaya. The minaret tower is 116 m high.


'Mongolia' by Bladimir Pavelko


Window into Genghis Khan's country, Mongolia. It is almost impossible to find a place on our planet where one can experience the peace, seclusion and freedom more intensively than in the Mongolian Altai Mountain countryside.
With over three hundred days of sunshine per year and a colour spectrum that is beyond compare, this region is perfect for taking amazing photos.


'Sunrise Bagan II' (Myanmar) by Wendy


The ancient Myanmar royal city of Bagan is situated on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River and impresses with its more than three thousand monuments.
Especially at sunrise, the temple area develops into a picturesque site due to the penetrating rays of the sun, which makes things seen up to that point fade into the background.


'Sadhus enjoying the Matha Shivatri Festival' (Nepal) by Yvette Depaepe


Nepal's holiest Hindu temple Pashupatinath is dedicated to Lord Shiva, it draws devotees from Nepal, India and Bangladesh along with a colourful collection of painted sadhus, Hindu ascetics.
The sadhus are friendly and happy to be photographed for a small fee, in return for which they offer their blessings.


'Souq Nizwa' (Oman) by Haitham Al Farsi


Nizwa is a picturesque tiny town in the interior of Oman known for its cattle market, Souq and adjacent fort. "Souq" means market and in Arab cities it refers to the commercial quarter and its market.
The part of Souq of Nizwa has been renovated. Among other things, silversmiths offer their traditional Omani silver products here, now primarily for tourists.


'Derawar Fort 2' (Pakistan) by Sayyed Nayyer Reza


Derawar Fort is a large square fortress located approximately 130 km south of the Pakistan city of Bahawalpur in the Cholistan Desert. The walls have a circumference of 1,500 m and are up to thirty m high.
The Derawar fort complex was originally built in the ninth century AD by Rai Jajja Bhati, the Hindu ruler of the Bhati clan, as a tribute to King Jaisalmer and Bahawalpur's Rawal Deoraj Bhati.


'The Arabian Pearl..' (Qatar) by Ahmed Lashin


Doha, Qatar: The city of the future. A glimpse of the capital city Doha is truly spectacular, especially at night.
Beautifully lit and variously shaped high-rise skyscrapers, designed by the world's best architects, are considered by the world as the "most beautiful skyscrapers in the world".


'Old House Window Facade' (Singapore) by Miro Susta


Chinatown is one of its most famous districts in Singapore, with a completely different face to this much sought-after modern metropolis of Southeast Asia.
Chinatown is the vibrant heart of the city, beating briskly between the colourful facades of local houses, pulsing with dozens of souvenir shops and great restaurants.


'Green Tea Farm' (South Korea) by Bongok Namkoong

Vibrant metropolises, modern industries, colourful market halls, green tea plantations: South Korea is a country of contrasts.
Daehan Dawon in Boseong is considered as one of the most beautiful green tea plantations in South Korea - an oasis of greenery and tranquillity.


'Sri Lankan Elephants' (Sri Lanka) by Dean Mullin


In addition to numerous domesticated elephants, there is a considerable wild elephant population in Sri Lanka, in total, around 2,500 to 4,000 elephants still live in the wilderness.  It sounds strange, but it is true: In Sri Lanka, riding an elephant under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be prohibited in the future.


'Syrian Refugees in Istanbul' (Syria) by Hayati Kart


For several years, Istanbul's Yusufpasa district has been one of the most popular places for Syrian immigrants who have escaped from the war in their own country.
It is impossible to miss the Syrian-run shops - restaurants, hairdressers and travel agencies which cater mainly to Syrian customers. Even the advertising on the shop windows is bilingual, Turkish and Arabic.


'Unseen Rice Field' (Thailand) by Tetra


For centuries, countless diverse types, from long grain and round rice to fragrant jasmine rice, have been grown in Thailand and shipped all over the world. Thailand has thus worked its way to the top of the export rankings.
The photo above shows a terraced rice fields in Mae Jam in northern Thailand around Chiang Mai Province.


'Magnum' (UAE) by Andreas Agazzi


Where once there was only sand and desert, today huge skyscrapers soar into the sky. Hardly any other city in the world has developed as rapidly as Dubai in UAE. 
However, the best photos of the Dubai skyline are taken at night, when the whole city is lit up.


'Bukhara' (Uzbekistan) by Antonio Soriano Llamazares


In the middle of Uzbekistan's desert sand stands the oasis town of Bukhara. One of the oldest towns in Central Asia, Bukhara was built in the first century BC.
The town is particularly well preserved and has interesting buildings that are worth seeing. The old town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and inspires with its temples and mosques.


'Mu cang chai' (Vietnam) by Sarawut Intarob


Although Mu Cang Chai is a less visited destination in Vietnam, the pictures of the rice terraces here are world famous. They are considered the most beautiful and impressive in the country. This is rural region with no major towns, so it is the best way to experience the nature and country life in Vietnam.
At the end of this article, it can be concluded that a round trip through India, a stopover in Sri Lanka and an adventurous trip through Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and other countries listed in this article should be on every Asia fan's to-do list.


'Iranian Woman' (Iran) by Saeed Arabzadeh


Rarely considered when planning a holiday to Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, which geologically belongs to Africa, is also geographically part of Asia and thus completes the scenic and cultural diversity of Asia.

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I good
Thanks for making me proud for being the part of incredible Asia.
You are most welcome Reza
I feel honored to find my photo with all the other stunning work in the same article. Thank you so much Miro and Yvette for another impressive result!
You are most welcome Andreas, many thanks for your nice words.
Ich reise nicht , aber mit den Bildern kann ich mitreißen, Wunderschön ! Danke!
Es freut mich dass es Dir gefaellt liebe Silvana, eine Reise kann auch mit schoenen Bildern spannend sein.
Great article, and a great selection of images that embody the beauty of Asia
Many thanks Rani for your appreciation.
I live in Japan but once again I realized the variety of Asia. This was a great article. Thank you.
Many thanks for your very nice words of appreciation Tomoki/
The magical atmosphere of Asia is revealed with selected photographs and descriptions. Congratulations.
Great thank you for nice appreciation dear Emel.
bellissimo racconto illustrato con bellissime fotografie. Grazie
Sei il benvenuto Giacomo. Grazie di cuore per il tuo apprezzamento.
Wonderful representation of Asia, thank you!
Many thank for nice appreciation Vasil.
Wonderful selection it feels like a real holiday treat… thanks Miro and Yvette!
I am glad to see that you like it, many thanks Wicher.
Thanks for your appreciation, Wicher ;-)
A breathtaking selection. Wonderful beyond words. My thanks to all involved.
Many thanks for your great appreciation Tony.
Susi PRO
Artículo muy interesante y bellísimas imágenes.
Muchas gracias por sus bonitas palabras querida Susi.
If you try to do some homework, there are heaps of the great photos that taken in China and even lots of them are works of international photographers. 1X search engine is great!
just ask right, no offense, i was expecting more photos from China. When ppl talking about Asia, I don't see any reasons that missed China? Or did I miss something sorry
Dear Derek thank you for your comment, I understand the question and would like to clarify the issue as follows: * I have attached a photo from China showing Shanghai at night. * To keep the length of the articles in reasonable limits, the number of photos is limited to 30. * There are more than 50 countries in Asia, so it is not possible to include more than one photo per selected country. * In order to consider all major Asian regions, I have chosen to include countries from the Middle East up to East Asia. * I hope that in the future we will dedicate an article only to China.
Great article and photos..
Many thanks Emel.
Wonderful pictorial presentation. Congratulations Rana for your fantastic image of the Hawa Mahal ...
Thank you so much :)
Many thanks Sandeep for your nice appreciation.
This article helps to understand that traveling is a good medicine against intolerance. Here there is LOVE. Congratulations Miro and Ivette.
Thank you, Antonio !
Many thanks for your nice words of appreciation Antonio.
An excellent documentation Miro..Great article and photos selected. Thank you for including my image as well..Regards
Many thanks dear Rana.