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ASIAN Geographic Asian Geographic Passport 2015

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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Language:
English
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Asian Geographic Magazines Pte Ltd
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3 min.
central asia

PASSPORT TO KAZAKHSTAN LANGUAGES: Kazakh is the state language, while Russian is the official language TRAVEL TIPS: Be sure to have exact change on you when taking a taxi. GETTING THERE: Airports: Almaty International Airport Airlines: Air Astana, Turkish Airlines, Etihad Airways CURRENCY: Kazakhstanti Tenge (US$1 = 187.057 KZT) CULTURAL DOS AND DON’TS: • Remove your shoes at the door before stepping into someone’s home. • Do not refuse a cup of tea or a slice of bread from your host. • Do not initiate physical contact (such as a hug) with a member of the opposite sex upon meeting them for the first time. HOTELS: The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty www.ritzcarlton.com/Almaty Rixos President Hotel Astana http://presidentastana.rixos.com The Dostyk Hotel www.dostyk.kz TOP 3 MUST-VISIT PLACES: • Central State Museum• Kok-Tobe• Khan Shatyr BEST TIMES TO TRAVEL: May to June (Spring) or September to November (Autumn) FESTIVALS: • Constitution Day (Aug 30)• Day of the First President of…

12 min.
west asia

PASSPORT TO ARMENIA LANGUAGE: Standard Eastern Armenian TRAVEL TIPS: While trade is only carried out in the national currency, several stores have money exchange desks. GETTING THERE: Airport: Zvartnots International Airport, Yerevan Airlines: Air Armenia, Austrian Airlines, Avianca CURRENCY: Armenian Dram (US$1 = 479 AMD) CULTURAL DOS AND DON’TS: • Neither males nor females commonly wear shorts – pants or dresses are the norm and neatness is valued. • Smoking is very common, both indoors and in public places. Make a polite request if you do not want others to smoke in your room. • There is a strong tipping culture, especially at restaurants and for taxis. HOTELS: Royal Tulip Grand Hotel Yerevan www.goldentulip.com/en/hotels/royaltulip-grand-hotel-yerevan Shirak Hotel www.shirakhotel.am Envoy www.envoyhostel.com TOP 3 MUST-VISIT PLACES: • Tatev Monastery• Mount Aragats• Zvartnots Cathedral BEST TIMES TO TRAVEL: September–November FESTIVALS: • Taraz Fest (Traditional Costumes of Armenia), July 11• Vardavar (Water Day), July 12• Vardenis Golden Wheat Festival, September…

1 min.
the road not taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that, the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I marked the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one…

3 min.
family fun at frasers making moments count

FIRST IMPRESSIONS Stepping into this Mediterranean-style service apartment for a stay with the family was an exciting experience, yet one filled with slight trepidation, as I was hoping the children would take a shine to Fraser Place on Singapore’s trendy Robertson Walk. Seconds into taking in Frasers’ spacious yet cosy three-bedroom terrace apartment, my eight-year-old announced his resounding approval after noting that all his favourite cartoon channels were on offer. For a parent, such an easy acceptance by a child is priceless. A WORLD OF FAMILY FUN To say that Fraser Place is conducive to a great atmosphere for families is an understatement. Within the apartment itself, it’s wonderful to have a good size hall where family members gather to chat, while the kids gravitate towards the television and my teenager remains stuck to…

7 min.
unveiling salekhard

It is not well known, I imagine, but Salekhard is officially stated to be the only city on Earth that lies within a polar circle. Why, we even have a monument endorsing this fact. Interestingly, this very spot, located at Stella, has been a favourite hangout of mine over the years. Amidst its glorious spaciousness, I will sit in the evenings and enjoy stunning sunsets that embrace the exceptional view of the tundra. A symbol of the region’s natural gas resources, Salekhard’s Fakel (“Torch”) Bridge, located on Knunantca Street 10 (ул. Кнунянца 10) over the river Shaytanka, also offers spectacular panoramic views. Elevators take visitors to the highest point on the bridge where a two-storey restaurant is suspended 60 metres above the river. It’s an unusual vantage point to experience one…

5 min.
east asia

PASSPORT TO TAIWAN LANGUAGE: Taiwanese Hokkien TRAVEL TIPS: Credit cards commonly used all over the island, although American Express is seldom accepted. GETTING THERE: Airport: Taoyuan International Airport Airlines: Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Cathay Pacific CURRENCY: New Taiwan Dollar (US$1 = 31.39NT) CULTURAL DOS AND DON’TS: • Do extend your hand for a friendly handshake upon meeting new people. • Always take your shoes off when you enter someone’s home. The host will usually provide a pair of slippers to wear while indoors. • At finer hotels, it is appropriate to tip modestly. HOTELS: Mandarin Oriental, Taipei www.mandarinoriental.com W TAIPEI www.wtaipei.com Backpacker’s Inn www.backpackerstw.com TOP 3 MUST-VISIT PLACES: • Taipei 101• National Palace Museum• Raohe Street Night Market BEST TIMES TO TRAVEL: Fall (September to November) FESTIVALS: • Chinese New Year (Feb 19 – Mar 5)• Mid-Autumn Festival (Sep 27)• Dragon Boat Festival (Jun 20) PASSPORT TO CHINA LANGUAGE: Chinese TRAVEL TIPS: Toilet paper is rarely found in public restrooms, so…