Secrets of Asia Travel guide to the most beautiful part of the world

Come visit the Himalayas! The Himalayas are home to many kinds of animals, including snow leopards, mountain goats, and Tibetan sheep. The Himalayas are home to the world's tallest mountain, Everest. So, while visiting this beautiful mountain range, you can experience being in the presence of a great landmark. It is 29,029 feet of majestic mountain, and it is just waiting for you to explore it.

The Plateau of Tibet is also known as "the roof of the world." By visiting this beautiful place, you can literally tell your friends that you stood on top of the world! The flora and fauna of the land include grassy shrublands and beautiful animals such as the snow leopard, sand fox, Tibetan antelope, and wild yak. You can also visit the highest airport in the world. The Lhasa Gonggar Airport is located at an elevation of 11,710 feet! Imagine taking off when you're already in the sky!

The Taklimakan Desert is huge! 123,550 square miles of hot, sandy waves of sand. By visiting the two oases of this majestic landscape, you would be standing in a landmark. Those oases helped develop trade in China along the Silk Road. Imagine standing in a place where history was made! While visiting, you can also see the local wildlife. Animals such as wild boars, wolves, foxes, and camels are the current residents.

The Gobi Desert is certainly an interesting place. This desert is made up of mostly snow! Plants are sparse, but there is an abundance of animals. Camels, donkeys, gazelles, antelope, marmots, and gophers occupy the land. You may even see Przewalski's horse, a highly endangered species of horse! If you're interested more in prehistoric animals, this is definitely the place to go. Fossils of Cenezoic mammals have been found in White Cave, and they are just waiting for you to come see them!

The North China Plains are 135,000 square miles of beautiful, rolling fields. Here, you can watch elephants, pandas (red ones, too!), monkeys, and deer in their natural habitat. With the perfect temperature in the summer of about 80 degrees Fahrenheit, this is the perfect place to visit.

The Huang He River, also known as the Yellow River is the 6th longest river in the world, and the 2nd longest river in Asia. The Yellow River is also known as the Chinese "cradle of civilization," because China was founded along the banks of this beautifully colored river. As for wildlife, palm-like plants called sikas thrive along the banks, while fish, such as paddlefish and scaleless carp dwell in the river.

The Chang Jiang River, also known as the Yangtze River, is the longest river in Asia, and the 3rd longest river in the world. This river is bordered by mountains covered in beautiful, lush, green forests. The Yangtze River is also home to one of the biggest hydro-electric power stations, called the Three Gorges Dam. This place is not only beautiful, but environmentally-friendly, too!

The Bay of Bengal is the largest bay in the world. It is home to beautiful coral reefs and beaches. It holds many islands in its waters, and only 37 of 572 islands are inhabited. While visiting, you can see pods of dolphins and whales. They may just lead you to one of the many sunken ships that the bay has claimed for itself. The Bay of Bengal is a literal paradise, and you could come see it for yourself!

The Dead Sea is the most interesting sea of all. What may seem like waves of water from afar are actually waves of salt! The Dead Sea is the saltiest body of water on the planet. It's so salty that no animal can survive here. However, while animals may not be able to survive here, people come here to meditate and to get away from everyday life. It is the ideal spot to sit, relax, and let your worries float away!

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