Chester, United Kingdom (PressExposure) April 03, 2009 -- The culture of Asia is the artificial aggregate of the cultural heritage of many nationalities, societies, religions, and ethnic groups in the region, traditionally called a continent from a Western-centric perspective, of Asia. The region or "continent" is more commonly divided into more natural geographic and cultural sub regions, including the Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia (the "Indian subcontinent"), North Asia, West Asia and Southeast Asia. Geographically, Asia is not a distinct continent; culturally, there has been little unity or common history for many of the cultures and peoples of Asia.
Asian art, music, and cuisine, as well as literature, are important parts of Asian culture. Eastern philosophy and religion also plays a major role, with Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, Islam, and Christianity all playing major roles. One of the most composite parts of Asian culture is the relationship between traditional cultures and the Western world
In the middle of May, things get very noisy for Asian travelers to the Phaya Thaen Park in Thailand. Historically, the festival started as an offering to the gods of the sky, exploding beautiful rockets to encourage rainfall for rice crop growth. Nowadays, event has become something more of a sport, with competitions to see whose rocket can fly the farthest.
The Monkey God first appeared in Chinese literature during the Ming Dynasty in the book, "Pilgrims to the West". Since then, this god has been celebrated during the month of September at Kowloon's Sau Mau Ping Temple, by recreating a bizarre attempted performance by other the other gods - which includes such things as a ravel of knives, and charcoal set on fire. Travelers to this strange Asian celebration need not be concerned, though - the Monkey God lived , and so do the participants in this celebration.
Of course, engaging in some Asia travel practically requires you to plunge yourself with the local culture. One great example is China's local food culture, which is definitely a lot different from what people are used to in Chinese restaurants abroad. Some people say that enjoying Chinese cuisine is a got taste, especially when it comes to the street food. Expect to see all sorts of animal parts and insects, cut up into little pieces and skewered on sticks - as snacks. Unique treats like fermented tofu and mung bean soup are also something for the more adventurous.
The backpackers' tour, but with lots of general information on item costs in countries visited, budget restaurants, the best flora and fauna, treks, attractions, transportation, city parks and museums, transportation and lots more in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Nepal.
Voters made their choice on the most popular attractions in Asia
28 June 2007 - The winners of the first ever Asia Attractions Awards have been announced at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Asian Expo at Siam Paragon, Bangkok, Thailand. Taj Mahal, the pride of India and renowned for its breathtaking beauty especially when viewed under the moonlight, is crowned the Grand Winner of the first Asian Attractions Awards.
Large Attraction category winner is Singapore's premier tropical island resort, Sentosa. Helming the country's tourism blueprint, more than 5.2 million visitors visited the island last year to experience Sentosa's kaleidoscopic blend of activities and entertainment.
Medium Attraction category winner is Sunway Lagoon, Malaysia, which made a huge splash with votes that came at the eleventh hour from their supporters, with very keen competition from Mount Faber and Enchanted Kingdom.
There were 11 finalists from 5 countries that qualified for the Asian Attractions Awards. The other finalists were Ocean Park and Ngong Ping 360 from Hong Kong, TigerLIVE, Jurong Bird Park and Mount Faber from Singapore, Dreamworld from Thailand and Enchanted Kingdom from Philippines.
Thailand's world-renowned style of kick-boxing draws big crowds. Another local sport is takraw, which is played rather like volleyball but with feet instead of hands, which requires some acrobatic skill. Kite-flying is a popular favorite. Festivals linked either to Buddhism or to the changing seasons, are celebrated with exuberance throughout the year.
Meanwhile, the stunning environment, friendly people and entertainment options of Bali also make it a favorite choice among female travelers. Luxury resorts are heavily promoting their spa services to women too including the exclusive Oberoi Resort, the Melia Bali Villas and Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa.