Some Unusual facts about Asia
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Did you know that Asia is the globe’s largest and most densely populated continent? It’s true! Located largely in the eastern and northern hemispheres, Asia shares the continental landmass of Eurasia with the continent of Europe. There are many rather incredible and entertaining facts about this enticing and stunning part of the globe. You may know already know some of them, but some you may not be aware of. So let’s get started!
How many countries make up Asia?
Beautiful Asia is, in fact, the largest continent on this Earth. It covers a staggering 9% of the globe. This equates to just under a third of the total landmass of the planet. The countries which make up Asia are: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and last but not least, Yemen.
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Thailand’s water gun festival
The Thai New Year is celebrated from April the 13th-15th. In the northern region of Thailand, for example in Chiang Mai, the 13th of April is celebrated with a pretty fun and unique event – water gunfire or firecrackers! This activity is thought to repel bad luck and enhance good fortune. On the 14th of April, locals prepare food and a vast array of other useful bits and pieces to offer to the monks at the temple. Thai people have to go to the temple to make merit and bathe Buddha’s statue. After they have done this, they pour water on the hands of elders and ask for their blessings.
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The World’s Largest Shopping Mall Is A Ghost Town
Back in 2005, a Chinese billionaire named Alex Hu Guirong opened the New South China Mall in Dongguan, China. With a staggering five million square feet, the colossally-sized mall was the largest mall in the world and could accommodate up to 2,350 shops! Not only that, it also contained a full-size indoor roller coaster, a 1.3-mile-long canal (complete with gondolas), and an 82-foot replica of the Arc de Triomphe.
Unfortunately, the world didn’t come to the mall, and it lay idle for many years. Recently, though, the mall has come to life. If you visit it today, you will find lots of shops and lots of potential customers.
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