ASIAN Geographic

ASIAN Geographic Passport 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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I should like to rise and go Where the golden apples grow, Where below another sky Parrot islands anchored lie, And, watched by cockatoos and goats, Lonely Crusoes building boats, Where in sunshine reaching out Eastern cities, miles about, Are with mosque and minaret Among sandy gardens set, And the rich goods from near and far Hang for sale in the bazaar, Where the Great Wall round China goes, And on one side the desert blows [...] Where the knotty crocodile Lies and blinks in the Nile, And the red flamingo flies Hunting fish before his eyes, Where in jungles, near and far, Man-devouring tigers are [...] And when kindly falls the night, In all the town no spark of light. There I’ll come when I’m a man With a camel caravan;…

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editor’s note

In a globalised world, where mobility is increasingly ubiquitous, it’s sometimes easy to forget what a privilege it is to travel. Some of us may remember the first time we set foot outside our home countries. If the experience was anything like my own, you may recall that emotional convergence of shock and exhilaration in finding yourself utterly displaced. Then, there is that first encounter with how other cultures stereotype your nationality. It’s frequently funny, more often than not baffling, and, occasionally, it knocks the wind out of you. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going” (Paul Theroux) Many a philosophical quote has gone on to gush how travel allows us to assimilate culture, expand our minds, challenge our perspectives, and so on. But, ultimately, I think…

3 min.
achievements through the years

1999 SEPTEMBER Inagural Issue AG No.1 Issue 1/1999 Publisher/Editor-in-Chief: Christopher Lee Executive Editor: Michael Aw 2002 ARK TRUST INTERNATIONAL AWARDS 1. Genesis Award AG (Bear Witness) No.7 Issue 2/2001 Text: Cortian Bennett Photo: Paul Hilton ASIAN GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO COMPETITION Images of Asia 2006 ASIA TRAVEL & TOURISM CREATIVE AWARDS 2. Travel Photograph Scenic | Winner AG No.33 Issue 6/2005 Photo: Lester V. Ledesma 2008 ASIAN GEOGRAPHIC PASSPORT Inagural Issue AGP was launched in August 2008 ASIAN GEOGRAPHIC EXPEDITION Himalayas Expedition 2008 ASIAN GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY One Asia, One Heart A non-profit, scientific and educational society dedicated to the conservation and promotion of Asia’s environment, culture and wildlife. 2009 MPAS AWARDS 3. Best Visual/ Photography AG No.61 Issue 11/2008 4. Best Cover/ Feature Story AG No.58 Issue 8/2008 ASIAN GEOGRAPHIC JUNIOR Inagural Issue AGJ was launched in April 2009 2009 SEPTEMBER 10 Anniversary Issue AG No.67 Issue 6/2009 2010 WAN IFRA AWARDS 5. Best in Photojournalism AG No.64 Issue 3/2009 ASIAN PUBLISHING AWARDS 6. Best Design & Layout | Excellence AG No.70 Issue 1/2010 MPAS AWARDS 7. Best New…

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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 merchants…

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lands from the mongol empire

01 CHINA West of the Yellow River (Hexi ›› ) is the Hexi Corridor, the passage into China from Central Asia. This is a renowned section of the Silk Road that encompasses the Gobi Desert. At the centre of the corridor is Zhangye ( ›› ), which is in an area of rainbow-coloured rock formations. Marco Polo, together with his father and uncle, spent a year here at Campichu in the state of Tangut ( › › ), which has been identified today as Zhangye. Marco Polo would have seen this rainbow-hued passage. 02 MONGOLIA Horse breeding in Eastern Mongolia. The Mongol Empire was established on horseback. The rise and fall of the empire was dramatic. The Mongols are back to where they began and their horse breeding traditions continue. 03 TURKMENISTAN Nokurian in typical…

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the art of eight limbs

Muay Thai, otherwise known as ‘The Art of Eight Limbs’, is Thailand’s form of boxing that makes lethal use of eight contact points of the body, including the hands, shins, forearms, knees and feet. It has become one of the primary reasons for martial arts devotees to visit the country – from the serious practitioner training for the next fight, to the casual tourist looking for a little physical conditioning between days on the beach. The popularity of the sport has grown so rapidly that local economies have been founded – and are thriving on – Muay Thai’s new in vogue status, making it a booming, year-round highlight of Thai tourism. This brand has been successfully packaged and exported for worldwide consumption. [Muay Thai] makes lethal use of eight contact points…