ASIAN Geographic

ASIAN Geographic 4/2017

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.
the dragon

A dictator, hiding behind a nihilist’s mask, has killed and killed and killed, pillaged and wasted, but is afraid, he claims, to kill a sparrow. His smiling picture is everywhere: in the coffeehouse, in the brothel, in the nightclub, and the marketplace. Satan used to be an original, now he is just the dictator’s shadow. […] The dictator hides his disgraced face in the mud. Now he is having a taste of his own medicine, and the pillars of deception have collapsed, his picture is now underfoot, trampled by history’s worn shoes. The deposed dictator is executed in exile, another monster is crowned in the hapless homeland. The hourglass restarts, counting the breaths of the new dictator, lurking everywhere, in the coffeehouse, the brothel, in the nightclub, and the marketplace. ABDUL…

2 min.
editor’s note

Last year’s political road was bleak, and 2017 has already hit its fair share of potholes: Bigots are in the big seats of government, the war continues to devastate Syria, and news of terrorist attacks defile our newsfeeds with increasing regularity. However, there’s another perspective espoused by some political analysts, such as Fareed Zakaria and Kishore Mahbubani: Despite appearances, the world has become more peaceful. “The ballot is stronger than the bullet”Abraham Lincoln The “best of times, worst of times” dichotomy is really dependent on where you find yourself in the world. Research by institutes like the Global Peace Index has shown that peaceful countries are becoming more peaceful, while less peaceful nations are becoming more dangerous. Some countries plagued by a history of violence are making new inroads towards peace, and…

3 min.
discover uzbekistan september 22–28, 2017

DAY 1 (ARRIVAL) SEPTEMBER 22 Tashkent to Urgench All participants will need to arrive at Tashkent International Airport by 17h00 local time, after which we will transfer to the domestic airport to catch a flight to Urgench in the western region. We will overnight in Khiva. DAY 2 SEPTEMBER 23 Khiva to Itchan 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 will overnight at Khiva. DAY 3 SEPTEMBER 24 Khiva to Bukhara The Silk Road went through Bukhara and Khiva and then on through the Kyzylkum Desert. Before departing for Bukhara, we will explore Itchan Kala at…

3 min.
discover india december 9–16, 2017

DAY 1 (ARRIVAL) DECEMBER 9–10 Delhi Arriving at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, we transfer to the hotel for the night. The next morning, we proceed to Old Delhi and visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, followed by a visit to Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest markets in Old Delhi, which was designed and established by Princess Jahanara in 1650. We also visit the Sheeshganj Gurudwara. We spend a second night in Delhi. DAY 2 DECEMBER 11 Jaipur We catch a domestic flight to Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. This busy town is teeming with bazaars selling jewellery, textiles and local crafts. We visit the Hawa Mahal (the “Palace of the Winds”), and then head to Jaipur’s Royal City Palace. In the afternoon, we discover one of the astronomical observatories built by…

1 min.
rise and fall

27BCE–497CE ROMAN EMPIRE • Famous Ruler: Nero • 70 million people • 5,000,000 square kilometres • Political Peak: 117CE 1299–1922 OTTOMAN EMPIRE • Famous Ruler: Sultan Suleiman I • 35 million people • 5,200,000 square kilometres • Political Peak: 1540 1492–1975 SPANISH EMPIRE • Famous Ruler: King Philip II • 68 million people • 19,400,000 square kilometres • Political Peak: 1500s 1450–1999 PORTUGUESE EMPIRE • Famous Ruler: King John II • Unknown number of people • 10,400,000 square kilometres • Political Peak: 1570 1583–1997 BRITISH EMPIRE • Famous Ruler: Queen Victoria • 533 million people • 33,670,000 square kilometres • Political Peak: 1921 3100BCE–30BCE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN EMPIRE • Famous Ruler: Cleopatra • 1–2 million people • 1,000,000 square kilometres • Political Peak: 1250BCE 550BCE–330CE ACHAEMENID EMPIRE (FIRST PERSIAN EMPIRE) • Famous Ruler: Xerxes I • 50 million people • 8,500,000 square kilometres • Political Peak: 480BCE 661–750 UMAYYAD CALIPHATE • Famous Ruler: Abd al-Malik • 62 million people • 15,000,000 square kilometres • Political Peak: 690 1206–1368 MONGOL EMPIRE • Famous Ruler: Genghis Khan • 110 million people • 33,000,000 square kilometres •…

3 min.
divide and conquer

West Asia SYRIA Becomes a French Mandate in 1918, and gains independence from the French in 1946 IRAQ The British colonise Iraq in 1921, and the country gains its independence in 1932 JORDAN Becomes a British Mandate in 1918. Gains independence in 1946 PALESTINE Becomes part of a British Mandate in 1920. The State of Palestine proclaims its independence on November 15, 1988. More than two-thirds of United Nations member states currently recognise the state ISRAEL Becomes part of the British Mandate of Palestine in 1920. In 1948, the day before the end of the mandate, Jewish leaders declare the establishment of the State of Israel. It is currently recognised by more than 80 percent of UN member states KUWAIT Becomes a British Protectorate in 1899, and gains independence from the British in 1961 Central Asia UZBEKISTAN In 1865, the Russian army captures Tashkent (which…