The Far East is a term given to the region predominantly encompassing the countries of East Asia but parts of Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia and the Russian Far East also. The Far East is classified as such because of its cultural differentiation to other parts of Asia, notably India and the Arabic regions.
For holidaymakers looking to explore the region, there is a wealth of landmarks, historical places of interest and modern-day attractions to enjoy and explore. This guide will look at a selection of just five exciting ventures popular with tourists throughout the region.
Home of the famous full moon gatherings, Koh Phangan is a magnet for party goers of all ages from all over the world. Held at specific times of the year to coincide with the lunar phase of complete illumination, gatherers flock to the area and beaches of Haad Rin to partake in drinking and partying on a large scale. It is notably westerners who visit the island at this time and accommodation can be at a limited level. It is best to book well in advance to secure a suitable room. It is also recommended to travel in groups and keep a close eye on your belongings at all times during the party season.
Great Wall of China
One of the most recognisable landmarks in human history is the Great Wall of China, spanning an incredible 13,170 miles in length and principally constructed to protect the country from intrusive nomadic groups. Remarkably, these simple fortifications of brick, stone, tampered earth and wood were initially pieced together from the 7th century BC onwards. Today, the Wall has created a massive tourist industry for China with museums, guided tours and organised hikes being notable attractions for visitors in the modern era.
Classed as an autonomous region of China, Tibet is famous all around the world for having a large Buddhist presence and striking temples dotted throughout. It is also the highest region on earth, with an elevation of 4,900 metres on average, and also includes the Himalayas – one of the most prominent mountain ranges in the world. Tourists regularly come to Tibet and its capital Lhasa to discover its rich history, notably in its battle with China for independence.
The former capital of Japan, Kyoto is a beautiful and scenic city located on the central part of the Honshu Island. It was the home of the Japanese Emperor until 1868 so is littered with various palaces, temples and shrines built for the various people of power who resided there. Many tourists enter Kyoto to experience traditional Far East culture, notably by visiting public baths or partaking in meditation practice. There are also plenty of festivals taking place throughout the city, so look to time your trip in line with one of these.
Taroko National Park
Taroko National Park is situated along the east coast of Taiwan and includes many natural attractions such as the Tunnel of Nine Turns, Eternal Spring Shrine and Swallow’s Mouth. Visitors must be prepared for the inevitability of rainfall throughout the year, but the climate is generally mild which allows for some fantastic viewing experiences. There are many hiking trails on offer also, and entry into the Taroko National Park is free.
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