ASIAN Geographic is the bi-monthly magazine that scours the region to bring readers the most compelling stories and images from the world's largest and most diverse continent. Readers enjoy a unique melting pot of breathtaking photography and in-depth features covering culture, nature, sustainability issues and exploration into the history of this diverse region. A regular 'Exploration' segment follows brave field editors as they travel deep into Asia's unexplored regions to take readers on a journey.
Asia’s Most Extreme • Explore the top 10 most extreme spots the world’s largest continent has to offer.
HOTTEST POINT • Lut Desert, Iran
COLDEST INHABITED PLACE • Oymyakon, Russia
DRIEST PLACE • Aden, Yemen
DEEPEST POINT • Kuril Trench, Pacific Ocean
LOWEST ELEVATION ON LAND • Dead Sea, Israel
HIGHEST MOUNTAIN • Mount Everest, Nepal
HIGHEST GLACIER • Khumbu Glacier, Nepal
HIGHEST HELIPAD • Siachen Glacier, Ladakh, India
HIGHEST MOTORABLE ROAD • Mana Pass, India
HIGHEST CIVILIAN AIRPORT • Daocheng Yading Airport, Sichuan, China
Tribal Heritage • Explore one of the most culturally-rich places in the world, which may soon be a fragment of history.
Vibrant Festivals • For many nations, festivals are a cultural highlight for locals and tourists alike: loud, colourful, and packed with history and meaning. Delve into three vibrant celebrations across Asia, starting first with the exciting Dinagyang festival celebrated in the Filippino city of Iloilo, featuring dances, processions, and competitions among local tribes. Then, stop over in Malaysia for Sabah’s harvest festival, marking the start of the rice planting season with music and special foods. Finally, a touchdown in Japan for the Bon festival, which kicks off with a bang and finishes with the solemn release of hundreds of lanterns into the river at night.
A Colourful Festival of Culture • Immerse yourself in a cultural festival that has evolved from a simple communal tradition bounded by religion to a celebration beyond borders.
Foods Try During the Dinagyang Festival
Top 5 Tourist Spots in Iloilo
Harvest Festival • Celebrated extravagantly for the entire month of May, Kaamatan commemorates the start of a bountiful harvest season and a holy sacrifice from the Gods.
Foods to Try at Kaamatan (Sabah)
Celebrate the Dead • The Japanese pay their respects to the dead in a three-day long celebration of food, music and age-old performances.
Taste the Festival • The Bon Festival not only offers food to the spirits. Enjoy the street foods of Japan such as okonomiyaki (savory pancakes), takoyaki (octopus balls) and yakitori (chicken skewers). Sweet treats like uji-kintiko (sweetened shaved ice) and dango (sweet dumplings) are also popular.
Impressions from the DPRK
Island Adventures • Boasting an incredible fusion of old world and modern charm, Bahrain and Turkey are home to some of the most underrated islands anywhere in the world
THE ISLANDS OF Turkey
THE ISLANDS OF Bahrain
Rolex Perpetual Planet Partner Mission Blue Announces New Hope Spot • For legendary oceanographer and explorer Sylvia Earle, Founder of marine conservation organization Mission Blue, “the Azores Archipelago is a magnet for life. It really is a magical place. Launching the Azores as a Hope Spot is so logical – just ask the whales.”