ASIAN Geographic

ASIAN Geographic Issue 6 - 2016

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.
you begin

You begin this way: this is your hand, this is your eye, this is a fish, blue and flat on the paper, almost the shape of an eye This is your mouth, this is an O or a moon, whichever you like. This is yellow. Outside the window is the rain, green because it is summer, and beyond that the trees and then the world, which is round and has only the colours of these nine crayons. This is the world, which is fuller and more difficult to learn than I have said. You are right to smudge it that way with the red and then the orange: the world burns. Once you have learned these words you will learn that there are more words than you can ever learn. The word…

2 min.
editor’s note

“The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane” (Mahatma Gandhi) What makes us human? Is it our accidental genetic advantage owing to evolutionary fortune? Our mental faculty for reason? Our imagination? Is it our faith – our respective religious beliefs in the power of a higher order? Or is it our capacity for morality, and our equal predisposition for immorality, allowing us to wage war, conquer, destroy – even each other? Aristotle called us “rational animals”, set apart by our pursuit of knowledge, inspired to create. But beyond the bounds of reason, and the social controls of law and order, are we merely running on caveman software? We trace our origins on the tree of life, investigating how we diverged from our common ancestors over evolution (p50).…

1 min.
discover the silk road parts 1–3

PART 1 June 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 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 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. An important stop for…

4 min.
discover dunhuang itinerary june 4–10, 2017

DAY 1 (ARRIVAL) JUNE 4 Shanghai to Lanzhou, Ganshu Province We depart from Shanghai Pudong International Airport on a domestic flight, and arrive in Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu Province in northwest China, at noon. After checking into the hotel, we visit the Lanzhou Museum to gain an historical overview of the ancient Silk Road, travelling to Wuwei in the late afternoon. Wuwei is positioned near the Hexi Corridor, which was once the only route from Central China to western China and the rest of Central Asia. We overnight in Lanzhou DAY 2 JUNE 5 Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park After breakfast, we visit the Tiantishan Grottoes with a huge Buddha statue built 1,600 years ago. After lunch, we head to Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, which is home to colourful rock formations, known as China’s…

3 min.
the makings of an icon

01 INDIA A man sits beneath blue stairs in Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India, 2005 02 CHINA Shaolin monks train in Zhengzhou, China in 2004. The world-famous Shaolin Monastery is known to many in the West for its association with martial arts, specifically Shaolin Kung Fu. The physical strength and dexterity displayed by the monks is incredible, and they exude a deep serenity 03 TIBET A Tibetan boy with his pet dog in front of a stupa with mani (prayer) stones in Kham Litang, Tibet, 2001 04 TIBET A young woman in an elegant flower hat in Amdo, Tibet in 2001 05 TIBET A young child wrapped in a blanket, photographed in Xigaze, Tibet, in 1989. McCurry has frequently covered Tibet’s nomadic tribes. Speaking about the language barrier, he says: “You can do so much with non-verbal communication. You can’t…

3 min.
casting light

Born in the golden age of Muslim civilisation as Abu Ali al-Hasan ibn al-Hasan ibn al-Haitham – often called Alhazen by Western theorists – in 965 in Basra, Iraq, Ibn Al-Haytham was one of the earliest scientists to study the characteristics of light and the mechanics of vision. During his years in Egypt, he spent 10 years living under house arrest for turning down a project to help build a dam along the Nile. Instead, he proceeded to write one of the most renowned works of his time, the Kitab al-Manazir, translated as the Book of Optics or the Book of Vision. Ibn Al-Haytham was a pioneer in marrying optics, mathematics and astronomy. He experimented endlessly to advance the knowledge of optics, looking to prove his theory that light travelled in…