Asia is the largest and most populated continent in the world and can be found in the northern and eastern hemispheres. With around 4.1 billion people living there, it is home to around 60% of the world's population.
Climate and weather information for popular holiday destinations across Asia
The continent of Asia is rich in natural resources for example copper, tin and coal. In countries such as China, Japan and South Korea you will find the strongest manufacturing. Tourism is beginning to play a larger role in Asia's economy, as more and more people travel to the continent to experience its culture.
Asia, similarly to the Americas, has great variances of climates from the wetter south eastern regions, warmer south west areas and the freezing temperatures of Siberia.
Asia covers 30% of the earth's total land surface which equates to 17 million square miles. It is not just the usual modes of transport like planes, trains, ferries and cars that transport you around Asia. In Japan you will come across rickshaws, which are powered by people, and in India they have the Tuk Tuk, which are three wheeled vehicles. Possibly the most colourful way to get around can be found in the Philippines, in the form of a Jeepney. A Jeepney is their version on a bus and is a modified American Jeep.
Festivals in Asia run all the way through the year. There is such a huge variety, with both cultural and religious festivals, many of which date back more than 100 years. You can find one of the most well known religious festivals in India in November. Diwali, known as the Festival of Lights, celebrates good triumphing over evil with the lighting of lanterns and candles and a spectacular firework display. You could also head to Harbin in China, for the Harbin International Ice Festival and admire the amazing ice sculptures and lit ice lanterns.
One of the most popular sports in Asia is cricket, and many countries boast first class test and one day sides. Other popular sports include football, basketball and baseball. Asia possesses some of the finest sporting arenas, including the Beijing National Stadium (also known as the birds nest) which was purpose built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Admire the beautiful works of art in the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai, or if you are in India be sure to take a trip to the Sé Cathedral de Santa Catarina which is one of the largest churches in Asia.
Last updated: 2 February 2014