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ASIAN Geographic 6/2017

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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Singapore
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English
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Asian Geographic Magazines Pte Ltd
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2 min.
editor’s note

F estivals can be deeply spiritual and ritualistic, or merely frivolous and fanciful. They range from rambunctious to riotous to reflective. They can also be romantic, nostalgic – even melancholy. Some ancient practices appear archaic and macabrely out of place in contemporary contexts; several are hard to stomach. Some are in danger of dying out completely, whereas others have metamorphosed, taking on modern influences and idiosyncrasies. Asia’s festivals can really be summed up in one word: diverse. From east to west, the region boasts a smorgasbord of the weird, the wonderful, and the downright bizarre. But whatever their flavour, festivals offer a fantastic means of immersing oneself in a foreign community’s culture. In keeping with Passport’s mission to equip the modern traveller with a comprehensive guide to Asia, we’ve covered as…

3 min.
discover bhutan

DAY 1 (ARRIVAL) FEBRUARY 15 Paro to Thimphu At 2,235 metres above sea level, you will immediately feel the effects of the high altitude upon arrival in Paro, which is home to many old monasteries and temples. We visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in Bhutan, and the Iron Bridge of Dumtse Lhakhang, built by a monk in 1433. We transfer to Thimphu, visit the farmer’s market and Tashichho Dzong, which houses the throne of the king, followed by the Kuenselphodrang Nature Park. We overnight at Thimphu. DAY 2 FEBRUARY 16 Thimphu: The capital city We embark on a tour of Thimphu, beginning at the Motithang Takin Preserve, a former zoo that is home to the takin, or gnu goat. The king decreed that cooping up animals went against Buddhist beliefs, so they were released. The takin…

4 min.
the heart of vastness

MANNY LIBRODO SHARES HIS IMPRESSIONS OF SONY’S б9 CAMERA WHILE PHOTOGRAPHING THE EAGLE FESTIVAL IN MONGOLIA Photographing the eagle festival in Mongolia is a photographer’s dream: It’s a riot of action and colour, with participants dressed in their best hunting attire. But it is also a challenging place to work, so it’s best to keep things simple. I only packed one camera, Sony’s б9, which is relatively small and light compared to other full-frame DSLR cameras. I also tried to shoot with one choice of lens per day so that I didn’t risk exposing my other lenses to dust. Shooting with one lens really tests your creativity, and makes you more selective of your shots. One of the fantastic features of Sony’s б9 is that it allows you to capture action in…

4 min.
you’re invited!

January INDIA JAN 2– FEB13 MAGH MELA Held every year on the banks of Triveni Sangam, Allahabad PHILIPPINES JAN 1 AGUMAN SANDUK Men dress up as beauty queens in this festival of farce TURKEY JAN (TBC) CAMEL WRESTLING FESTIVAL Male camels wrestle for glory in the Aegean region PHILIPPINES JAN 15–21 ATI-ATIHAN FESTIVAL Held in honour of the Santo Nino (baby Jesus), with tribal dancing, music and parades SINGAPORE JAN 31 THAIPUSAM A festival of physical sacrifice in Tamil communities February JAPAN FEB 3 SETSUBUN Celebrating the day before the beginning of spring TIBET FEB 16–18 LOSAR A new year’s celebration on the first day of the Tibetan calendar VIETNAM FEB 16 TET NGUYEN DAN Feast of the First Morning of the First Day – celebrating the arrival of spring RUSSIA FEB 12–18 MASLENITSA FESTIVAL An Eastern Slavic folk holiday of great indulgence before the start of Lent March CHINA MAR 2 DA SHUHUA A pyrotechnic show where a team of blacksmiths…

1 min.
east asia

CHINA Da Shuhua (March) • Dongba Fair (April) • Sister’s Meal Festival (April–May) • Dragonboat Festival (June) Macau: Tou Tei Festival (March) Hong Kong: Tai Kok Tsui Temple Fair (March) • Mazu International Festival (March) • Cheung Chau Bun Festival (May) JAPAN Shogatsu (January) • Setsubun Festival (February) • Takayama Festival (April) • Tanabata Festival (July) • Karatsu Kunchi (November) MONGOLIA Tsagaan Sar (February) • Khovsgol Ice Festival (March) • Naadam (July) • Golden Eagle Festivals (September and October) SOUTH KOREA Hwacheon Ice Festival (January) • Cheongdo Bullfighting Festival (March–April) • Gangneung Danoje (May) • Boryeong Mud Festival (July) • Muju Firefly Festival (August–September) • Goesan Red Pepper Festival (August–September) TAIWAN Song Jiang Battle Array (March) • Ear-Shooting Festival (May) • Ami Harvest Festival (July–August) • Qixi Coming-of-Age Ceremony (August) • Taipei Naluone Cultural Festival/Mgay Bari (November)…

7 min.
games of the great khan

Unlike international wrestling, they fight with no time limit and no weight categories, leaving many matches rather awkward, with one opponent far outweighing the other Summer is undeniably the best season to travel in Mongolia (unless you want to freeze, that is). The mild weather, long sunshine hours, and untouched green steppe make the country the perfect destination for those who want to enjoy undisturbed Nature at its best; only three million people populate a territory three times the size of France, with about a million of those crowding the capital, Ulaanbaatar. Once you’re outside of the city, there is little chance of bumping into someone! But disrupting the silent vastness of this landlocked, nomadic country is a riotous summer celebration: The Naadam festival is a definitive highlight for anybody interested in…