ASIAN Geographic

ASIAN Geographic 3/2017

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.

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1 min.
hard is the journey

Gold vessels of fine wines, thousands a gallon, Jade dishes of rare meats, costing more thousands, I lay my chopsticks down, no more can banquet, And draw my sword and stare wildly about me: Ice bars my way to cross the Yellow River, Snows from dark skies to climb the T’ai-hang Mountains! At peace I drop a hook into a brooklet, At once I’m in a boat but sailing sunward… (Hard is the Journey, hard is the Journey, So many turnings, and now where am I?) So when a breeze breaks waves, bringing fair weather, I set a cloud for sails, cross the blue oceans! LI PO, or Li Bai, born in 701AD, was one of the foremost poets during the Tang Dynasty in China, developing poetic art and writing around 1,000 poems. Alongside his…

2 min.
editor’s note

Growing up in an arid region in Southern Africa, it was common to encounter the roving tumbleweed, gambolling seemingly aimlessly across the sparse flat plains, collecting morsels of dust, leaving ashy wisps in its wake. We’d chase them, wildly oblivious of their mission: The tumbleweed is a diaspore, a passenger carrier, dispersing seeds in open, arid ecologies. “People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things”Sir Edmund Hillary It’s the perfect metaphor for the archetypal explorer: the roamer, guided by the wind, venturing into vast, hostile territories, gathering new influences along the way, and leaving their own ideas to germinate behind them. Grand odysseys – whether motivated by political expansion, trade, or simply an insatiable thirst for adventure – leave legacies. We pay homage to the great geographical pioneers…

1 min.
discover the silk road parts 1–3

PART 1 June 4 –10 DUNHUANG, CHINA In June 2017, journey to Dunhuang in China, located to the west of the Hexi Corridor, a major stop on the Silk Road best known for the nearby Mogao Caves, before venturing along this iconic route with our experienced expeditions team. PART 2 September 23–29 SAMARKAND & BUKHARA, UZBEKISTAN In September 2017, explore Samarkand and Bukhara in untouched Uzbekistan. A crossroad of cultures and a centre for Islamic scholarly study, Samarkand boasts a history going back hundreds of years. Bukhara, a World Heritage Site, has over 140 architectural monuments waiting to be explored. PART 3 December 10–16 FATEHPUR SIKRI, INDIA In December 2017, discover Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh, India. Once the capital of the Mughal Empire, it is home to one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid.…

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discover uzbekistan september 23–29, 2017

DAY 1 (ARRIVAL) SEPTEMBER 23 Tashkent to Urgench All participants will need to arrive at Tashkent International Airport by the early morning, after which we will transfer to a hotel to rest. We will then run an excursion through the old part of the capital city, visiting the religious complex, Khasti Imam, and the Muy-Mubarak Mosque, which houses the well-known Qur’an of Khalif Osman. We will catch a domestic flight to Urgench in the western region, overnighting in Khiva. DAY 2 SEPTEMBER 24 Khiva to Itcha Kala Our route starts in Khiva, a city of museums with extensive history. We will spend the whole day in the Itchan-Kala Fortress, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Narrow streets, carved “ayvans”, scenic verandas and doorways, and majestic minarets and mausoleums make this city a spectacular national treasure. We…

3 min.
the great explorers

01 THE GREAT WALL A Bactrian camel takes a break from ploughing beside remains of the Han Wall, built to protect the trade corridor known as the Silk Road. Dust from the Gobi Desert gives the sky its yellow cast. The two-humped Bactrian camel, with its tolerance for cold, drought and high altitudes, enabled caravans to travel the Silk Road 02 SHANGRI LA Along the pilgrimage route to Lhasa, faithful Buddhists prostrate themselves in an elaborate exercise over hundreds, sometimes thousands, of miles. I walked backwards for about 30 minutes for a kilometre, maybe more, waiting for the perfect moment when every position of the prostration could be seen in a single frame 03 MEKONG The first car of Cambodia’s only operating train is said to offer the cheapest seat in the country. Travel is…

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voyages of discovery

“Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller” Ibn Battuta MARCO POLO ITALY 1254–1324 The Venetian merchant travelled on the Silk Road – further than any of his predecessors. His journey to China lasted 24 years. He became a confidant of Kublai Khan VASCO DA GAMA PORTUGAL 1460–1469 The Portuguese explorer ventured out of Lisbon to find a maritime route to the East. After successfully doing so, he subsequently made two other voyages to India FERDINAND MAGELLAN PORTUGAL 1480–1521 Magellan was the first European to cross the Pacific Ocean. In 1519, he set out from Spain with five ships to discover a western sea route to the Spice Islands XUANZANG CHINA 602–664 The Buddhist monk and pilgrim made a 17-year overland journey from China to India, where he translated Buddhist scriptures from Sanskrit into Chinese IBN BATTUTA MOROCCO 1304–1368/9 He travelled more than anyone else in…