Asian Countries by Lonely Planet Description

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Bamboozling. There’s simply no other word that captures the enigma that is xxxx. With an ability to inspire, frustrate, thrill and confound all at once...
Noah knew it as the land of milk and honey,Gilgamesh came for the secret of eternal life, wise men gathered myrrh from its mountains and a woman known as Sheba called it home
mountainous with skiing to boot, it's laid-back, liberal and fun, fast becoming the region's party place, xxxx is working hard to recapture its crown as Paris of the Orient
Nothing is easy about xxxx and that’s both its blessing and its curse.Recent history shows why you can’t just declare yourself a new country and expect things to be hunkydory
The world’s last great forbidden kingdom, an emblem of everything most inexplicable to the West. For centuries xxxx was closed to outsiders, penetrable only to the brave
Ditch the image of xxxx as a sterile Utopia. Sure,the graffiti-free trains run on time,and everyone looks clean-cut and wholesome,but who needs pollution, poverty and chaos?
trek around the earth’s second-largest alpine lake with a trained eagle to hunt rabbit or cheer wildly during a game of kok boru, a ferocious battle over a headless goat
Wedged between the high wall of the Himalaya and the steamy jungles of the plains, xxxx is a land of snow peaks and Sherpas, yaks and yetis, monasteries and mantras.
Concentrating on the good, if there was a Hall of Fame for Central Asian cities, xxxx would own the top-three entries, whose names practically epitomize the region
For the visitor, it’s a world away from backpacking in Thailand or island-hopping in Greece. It’s a country recovering from nearly three decades of war
defined by its emerald rice fields, teeming megacities, graffiti-splashed jeepneys, smouldering volcanoes, bug- eyed tarsiers, fuzzy water buffalo and happy-go-lucky people
roots in ancient Sogdiana and Bactria,xxxx is a fragile patchwork of clans,languages and identities, forged together by Soviet nation-building and hopes for a peaceful future
from the Greek meaning 'between two rivers', it was here that human beings began to cultivate land, where writing was invented making xxxx the centre of the ancient world
‘This is xxxx’, wrote Rudyard Kipling. ‘It is quite unlike any place you know about.’ How right he was: more than a century later xxxx remains a world apart
everything one imagined of Arabia is there in all its sanitised glory. Those who knew the xxxx of hawk souqs and dust storms may suspect that this country is turning Disney
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xxxx is two countries in one, cleaved in half by the South China Sea, with an impressive variety of microcosms ranging from space-age high-rises to smiling longhouse villages
Yin and yang: the blue and red circle at the heart of the flag neatly symbolises not only the divided peninsula but also the fluid mix of ancient and modern aspects of xxxx
a country where buying cigarettes is illegal, where the rice is red and chillies aren’t just a seasoning but the whole dish.The Land of the Thunder Dragon is no ordinary place
xxxx is a contradictory destination, an Islamic state where the DJs’ turntables stop spinning just before the muezzins’ morning call to prayer
xxxx is defined by its relationship with water. Take the country’s name: ‘Two Seas’ in Arabic, the focus is not its minimal landmass, but the water that laps its shores
herders chatting on mobiles, Manhattan-style cocktail bars, eco-yurts and vegetarian cafés. The Humvees plying Peace Ave would have Chinggis Khaan turning green with envy
Though the outside world is gradually becoming aware of xxxx, thanks to its oil and the antics of Borat Sagdiyev, few have really explored this country of varied attractions
The American War is over, and yet its impact endures – you’ll find reminders of that cataclysmic conflict everywhere you travel. That said, the country was never broken...
Off the beaten path seems too slight a term for a nation that admits fewer than 2000 Westerners a year, and whose overwhelming attraction is its isolation and backwardness
A sultry kaleidoscope...of so many cultures, peoples, animals, customs, plants, features, artworks and foods that it is like 100 countries melded into one (or is it 200?)
Lamborghini showrooms and Maglev trains are just eye-catching gift-wrapping. Let's face it: the world's oldest civilisation is bound to pull an artefact or two out of its hat
Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, killer surf, cheap prices, fun trains, famous tea, flavourful food – need we go on?
Territorial disputes led to violence, which in turn made for some epic accounts in the Bible, not terribly dissimilar to what is playing out on the news where you are today
...see the brook where Jesus was baptised, the fortress where Herod beheaded John the Baptist, and the mountain top where Moses cast eyes on the Promised Land
With a long coastline (well, actually, two coastlines) and jungle-topped islands anchored in azure waters, xxxx is a tropical getaway for the hedonist and the hermit

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