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Asia | The Most Diverse Continent

Discover the beauty of Asia and its diverse culture.
Learn more about the cultural diversity of Asia and its people.

When you think of Asia, what comes to mind? It could be the beautiful spots that Asia has to offer or the people that make up the most diverse continent in the world. No matter what comes to mind, it is no question that Asia is one of the must-visit places on Earth.

Before you visit Asia, however, it is important to learn about its culture and traditions so as to avoid culture shock because let’s face it, Asia is hundreds of miles away and sure enough, there is a big difference with your culture and theirs.

The History of Asia

The history of Asia is as vast as its area; its past, as diverse as its people. Asia’s history paved the way for the development of modern day Asia. Back then, trade was the main method of livelihood. This was made possible because of the silk road that connected China with the rest of western Asia.

During the medieval era, Asia was ruled by empires. One such was the great Roman empire. From Europe, it conquered most of west Asia, where its rivalry with the Persian empire boiled for more than 500 years.

At the turn of the 13th century, the Mongol empire sought to conquer Asia and in so doing, was able to control much of Asia, extending from China to Europe. This Mongolian empire was headed by the Khans. The Mongol empire was able to conquer as far as Jerusalem but was eventually defeated in the 1260s.

In the late 18th century, China has become an important trade partner for countries in the west as well as Europe. China’s spices, tea, and porcelain products were in great demand. On the other hand, as the years went by, China’s need for Europe’s trade products declined. In a bid to tip the balance in their favor, the British smuggled opium from India into China. This resulted in the depletion of China’s bullion reserves and led to the spread of drug addiction. In 1839, China destroyed thousands of chests of opium and banned its use. China’s unwarranted interference of Europe’s affairs led to the latter declaring war, which started the opium wars.

The Culture and Traditions of Asia

Culture and traditions play an important part in Asian society. Even with the influence of foreign culture, the unique and defining cultures of Asian countries remained resilient. To this day, it is practiced even in day to day activities. Here are some Asian facts that you need to know:

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