Asia Tourist Attractions – We tend to associate China with the smog-filled and chaotic streets of Beijing. But in case you don’t know, this vast East Asian nation is home to breathtaking scenery of natural sights, many crowded historic heritage places, many beautiful jaw-dropping getaway spots, and many mouth drooling mouth. In fact, East Asia which made up of Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, and Mongolia has some of the most beautiful lakes, mountains, and unusual landscape formations in the world. Below are best East Asia tourist attractions.
East Asia Countries Tourism Profile
East Asia is also known as “the Far East” is a cultural and geographic region of Asia. The West sometimes called East Asia as The Orient is a mysterious land inhabited by the Oriental from Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, and Mongolia. East Asia is heavily influenced by China as it is the largest area among all and historically. As the consequences, the continent uses Chinese’s alphabetic which is the Chinese’s characters as well as Mahayana Buddhism and Confucianism as their religion and philosophy to all the countries in East Asia.
When it comes about the natural attractions, the East Asia provides a lot of choices natural beauty you can’t resist. We have top 4 the most visited places that become lovely place to hang out during your vacation. Here’s the list of recommended natural attractions in the East Asia.
1. Huangshan Mountain, China
Huangshan Mountain is China’s mountain landscapes which amazing. One of the reasons why this mountain is incredible is the Huangshan range in the southern Anui province that has spectacular sunset although it’s known for its oddly-shaped and rugged peaks. The climate here is moist, so it is suitable for its native tea plantation. The mountain is well-known around the world with more than 15 million tourists that come here every year.
2. Mount Fuji, Japan
We are already familiar with Mount Fuji that is located in Japan. It is the highest mountain there and an active strato-volcano. The mountain is one of the best-known peaks in the world. You can see the peak clearly from Tokyo on a clear day. The 12,389-foot mountain is surrounded by five lakes and lying on the Pacific coast of central Honshu. There are hundreds of thousands of people that climb Mount Fuji each year.
3. Heaven Lake on Mt. Paektu, North Korea
Although North Korea is a very strange country, there is still one of its most beautiful natural treasures. This place is a part of Baekdu Mountain. This mountain is on the border between North Korea and China. Just like the name, the scenery is heavenly gorgeous. This place has ice that covers it the whole year, and people said that it is the subject of local legends about a sea monster that similar with Loch Ness.
4. Altai Tavan Bogd National Park
Move to Mongolia, Altai Tavan Bogd National Park is located on the borders of China and Russia in western Mongolia. This national park has five of the tallest mountain peaks in this country. The area is rich in natural wonders such as a 10-meter waterfall, glaciers, and archeological sites. Those include the UNESCO World Heritage Site Petroglyph Complexes of the Mongolian Altai.
It’s not done yet in the East Asia because this area consists of abundant heritage sites. Most of them are Chinese Emperor’s remains, which is also good for those who want to know about the history behind this continent. Here’s the famous heritage site in the East Asia.
1. Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang, China
Also known as the Forbidden City in Beijing and the Houjin in Shenyang, these places were the seats of imperial power in China for more than 500 years. This place is very preserved by the government even Starbucks can’t be built here. It is cited as a valuable witness to Chinese civilization during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Meanwhile, the Shenglin Palce or Houjin Palace was secondary capital and was built from 1625 to 1637 by Nurgaci who is the Manchu rulers of the Qing Dynasty.
2. Mount Taishan, China
Still, in China, particularly located in Shandong province, the Taishan is where the Chinese emperors stayed for the first time. To reach the peak of the mountain, they need to walk through 6000 steps before they can see the throne. It is their way to pray to heaven and earth as well as to the ancestors for blessings. Mount Taishan is the object of visits by artist and scholars too. They have turned it for inspiration in China’s history. The Early human settlement also found on this mountain. The evidence of their existence claimed that a site is a place for people in the Neolithic Era.
Himeji-jo is one of the prettiest castles in Japan. It is also the only 17th-century castle that still maintains its architecture in the country. The castle is built of wood along with white plastered earthen walls. The architecture is an aesthetically-pleasing exterior.
4. Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)
August 6, 1945, will always be an important day in Japanese history. It is a day where the first atomic bomb was exploded in Hiroshima. Genbaku Dome is the only area that survived the war and bombing. And until now, the building has not been touched and remained as it was after the incident. The structure is surrounded by a Peace Memorial Park.
If it is not enough, we still have a lot of options for the travelers. There are many gateway destinations that wait to explore. Now, let’s check out these breath-taking gateway destination in the East Asia.
The capital city of Mongolia is Ulaanbaatar. It is a fascinating city with about 1.3 million residents. Ulaanbaatar is a perfect getaway for you who wants to experience the old and new city at the same place beautifully. You can find a vibrant city that combines with modern buildings, art, shopping, restaurants, and thriving nightlife scene along with the contemporary contrast of the timelessness of the town’s vast scenery outside it.
2. Gobi Desert
Still, in Mongolia, the Gobi Desert is the fifth largest desert in the world. The desert spread across both Mongolia and China. It is particularly located in the southern portion of the country. It is not only a fantastic place, but the desert is different in compare to other areas in this country. It is a place you can’t be missed. So, make sure that you have enough time to explore this part.
3. Taipei 101 Tower
Move to Taiwan, Taipei 101 Tower is located in downtown Taipei. The tower is just a few blocks from the Taipei World Trade Center. As you can expect from the name, it has 101 floors. Make sure that you go to the top of the building so you can see the whole area of Taipei. You can go up from the first floor to the 91st floors with just 37 seconds to see the sights. But if you are afraid of heights, we recommend you not to go there alone.
4. Jeju Island & Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, South Korea
Not only K-drama and K-pop lovers but not K-related people also know that Jeju Island is a perfect getaway in South Korea. Also known as Jejudo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a volcanic island off the coast of South Korea’s mainland. The island is covered in some dormant volcanoes and lush green grasses. It is a home to South Korea’s tallest mountain and Seongsan Ilchulbong, a bowl-like crater. An extensive system of lava tubes and empty caves formed by lava flow can be found in Jeju Island.
5. Lake Khövsgöl
If you want fresh air, the best getaway destination from your place is Lake Khövsgöl. The lake often described as ‘the dark blue pearl.’ It is a fresh and gorgeous water lake that is frozen for almost half of the year. The scenery here is breathtaking. You will see not only the lake but also the green area of native trees and verdant meadows that surround the lake as well as wide range of flora and fauna that fulfill this area.
While you’re there, never misses the chance to enjoy mouthwatering delicacy. We have the list the most favorite – but most of them from the South Korean, food that you shouldn’t miss!
1. Tteokbokki (Spicy Rice Cakes)
This Korean spicy rice cake is a famous Korean dish that you need to try during your stay. You can find it in every street snack stalls, eateries, as well as restaurants. All of those are taste rather similar concerning the rice cake. One of the best tteok bok ki is at Express Bus Terminal Station, Seoul. The particular thing about tteok bok ki from here is that unlike the usual thick chili paste, the tteok bok ki is served in a more liquid flow sauce, similar with a soup broth. As for the rice cakes, it is also delicious and chewy. Plus, you can taste the delicious flavor of its food.
2. Budae Jjigae (Korean Army Stew)
This food was popularized rapidly after the Korean War where people had little to eat, and protein was rare. People use leftover spam (luncheon meat) and sausages to make this stew, which sounds strange but waits until you taste it. They also have their secret recipe that makes the taste of the soup yummy. Since then, the stew is named as Korean Army Stew. Budae jjigae nowadays is very delicious with the taste of spicy thick broth and cheese. The new budae jjigae is the combination of Korean and Western influences. The ingredient that you will typically find inside the stew is ramyeon, sausages, spam, vegetables, rice cakes, and sliced cheese. The ingredient in this stew will differ slightly in some restaurants, some adding baked beans and macaroni too.
There are a lot of tourist attractions in East Asia that has to offer. This part of continent is suitable for those who want to try Round the World trip at least once in their life. It’s good to travel and learn some histories at the same time.