Region – North & Central Asia

What it feels like to be there…

The mist-filled swooping valleys and ancient pagoda temples of the region attain even greater peacefulness in comparison with its soaring skyscrapers and bustling metropolises. Seek out moments of Zen calm and let its fascinating cultures challenge your views.

Some practical information worth knowing…

Singapore and Hong Kong airports are the largest travel hubs in the region, but Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Osaka are all easily reachable (often direct) from the major cities of the world.

The climate in the coastal regions varies from wet to dry as the latitude increases, and is influenced by the Pacific monsoon system. Further inland, especially in the shadow of the Himalayas, the weather is colder and dryer.

European languages, especially English, are only sporadically understood, even in tourist areas. But with calm hand signals, it is easy to get most points across. Getting money from cash machines is straightforward with any major provider at airports, but otherwise more difficult – so plan ahead.


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