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ASIAN Geographic 5/2019

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.

Asian Geographic Magazines Pte Ltd
8 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s note

“He stepped back, pleased with himself, as though he had elucidated an intricate theorem. ‘So that’s the rule to remember, the whole quilt is much more important than any single square.’”Rohinton Mistry Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance is a book I have read and reread, and recommended over and over. When Dinabai, the protagonist of the novel, creates a massive quilt out of cloth patches, happiness, sadness, experiences, and lives intertwine in a bigger picture – one that is ultimately made out of smaller memories. Very much so, in this issue, ASIAN Geographic commemorates 20 years as of 2019 by celebrating the richness and allure of companies and organisations, places and faces, all across 20 categories that have not only been in line with our publication’s themes and overall outlook, but…

1 min
what’s online?

Cleaning Our Planet Up , Our Versova Life: Beach Text Shreya Acharya Instead of revelling in a much sought-after public holiday by having breakfast in bed or catching up on daytime TV, about 4,800 Indians gathered at Mumbai’s Versova Beach on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 to pick up trash. ASIAN Geographic joined the efforts led by the UN Environment’s Champion of the Earth Adv. Afroz Shah. https://bit.ly/2MIKo2s More Protests Cause HK Government HQ to Close Text Shreya Acharya Clad in black, close to 1,000 protesters, including prominent democracy activist Joshua Wong, gathered at the Hong Kong Central Government Offices in the early morning of June 21, 2019 in a peaceful protest to demand for Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s resignation as well as the complete withdrawal of the extradition bill that prompted mass protests a week earlier.…

7 min
renowned airlines in asia

FOUNDED 1933 ISTANBUL, TURKEY Turkish Airlines With Turkey’s position at the crossroads between East and West, the country’s national flag carrier, Turkish Airlines, flies to more countries as well as provides more non-stop flights than any other airline. While it isn’t considered large in terms of number of passengers, it is the largest carrier in the world by number of passenger destinations – some 315 in August 2019. The airline has sponsored several football clubs and athletes, and even partnered with Warner Bros in 2016 to sponsor the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. 1946 HONG KONG Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific was born when American and Australian ex-Air Force pilots Roy Farrell and Sydney de Kantzow obtained a licence to transport goods from Australia into post-war China in 1946. It was named as such because…

1 min
asia in numbers busiest airports

BEIJING CAPITAL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Beijing, China 100,983,290 passengers DUBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Dubai, UAE 89,149,387 passengers TOKYO HANEDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Tokyo, Japan 87,131,973 passengers HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Hong Kong, China 74,517,402 passengers SHANGHAI PUDONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Shanghai, China 74,006,331 passengers INDIRA GANDHI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Delhi, India 69,900,938 passengers GUANGZHOU BAIYU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Guangdong, China 69,769,497 passengers SEOUL INCHEON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Incheon, South Korea 68,350,784 passengers ISTANBUL ATATURK AIRPORT Istanbul, Turkey 68,192,683 passengers SOEKARNO-HATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Java, Indonesia 66,908,159 passengers…

5 min
asia’s critically endangered animals

RUSSIA Amur Leopard The Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) knows no boundaries, and has been found crossing between China, Russia, and North Korea. It has the characteristics of most leopards with its tendency to thrive in solitude and its ability to run at high speeds. However, what sets the Amur leopard apart is its adaptation to the cold winters of the region. Today, there are only about 84 of these animals remaining in the wild, but with the hope its once critically endangered cousin – the Amur tiger – has given us, the Amur leopard population may still stand a chance of recovery. CHINA / MONGOLIA Wild Bactrian Camel About 1,400 wild Bactrian camels (Camelus ferus) live in northern China and southern Mongolia, in the Gobi Desert, and are a genetically different, much smaller species…

5 min
camera brands in asia

ESTABLISHED 1917 JAPAN Nikon Beginning life as “Japan Optical Industries” with the merging of three leading optical manufacturers, the company was renamed Nikon Corporation in 1988 after its cameras. The year before, it had begun working with NASA to create the first digital SLR, which was used on the Space Shuttle from 1991. The company has initiated many cultural activities and awards, such as holding exhibitions at the Nikon Salon in Japan and running the Nikkor Club for amateur photographers. Nikon has also provided sponsorships to various companies and events, including with Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. KEY PEOPLE: MAKOTO KIMURA, KAZUO USHIDA 1918 JAPAN Panasonic Formerly named Matsushita Electric Industrial, the company acquired the name Panasonic Corporation in 2008, after having become one of Japan’s largest producers of electronics equipment. The first cameras in…