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Hello, everybody! We are Markiplite's Traveling, and today we are here to help you with travel ideas for Asia! We have features like the Himalayas, the Plateau of Tibet, the Dead Sea, and many more! Come join us and see the beauty of Asia!

The scorching sands of the Gobi Desert

First off, the Gobi Desert! This desert is the largest desert in Asia, stretching 1,000 miles in length and 300 to 600 miles in width, with an estimated area of 500,000 square miles. The Gobi Desert (from the Mongolian word gobi, meaning "waterless place) has very severe weather, ranging from -40 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 113 degrees Fahrenheit in July. The annual percipitation varies from less than 2 inches to more than 8 inches in total rainfall. This is a great place to travel to if you're looking for warm and mild weather!

A beautiful afternoon on the Bay of Bengal

Now, we have the Bay of Bengal! This bay is about 1,000 miles wide with a maximum depth of 15,400 feet and an area of 839,000 miles. A total of six rivers flow into the bay- Mahanadi, Godavari, Krishna, Kaveri, Ganges, and Brahmaputra. The average sea level varies throughout the year, due to rainfall occouring faster than evaporation, leading to a large net water gain. If you like to visit beaches and view the ocean, this is a great place to visit!

A large bend in the Huang He River

Now, let's travel to the Huang He River! The Huang He, also known as the Yellow River or the "cradle of Chinese civilization" is the country's second longest river, with a length of 3,395 miles. The river starts in the Plateau of Tibet and empties out into the Gulf of Chihli. If you like to see colored water and ancient places, this is certainly the right place to go!

A large rainbow stretching ove the Plateau of Tibet

Next, we have the Plateau of Tibet! This plateau lies between the Kunlun Mountains and is a region of mountains and uplands that are mainly between 13,000 to 15,000 feet in elevation. The major centere of population, economic activity, culture, and air and land transportation is Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. If you like flat and populated areas, this is the right place to visit!

Sandy dunes in the Taklamakan Desert

Now, let's see the Taklamakan Desert! The Taklamakan Desert is about 600 miles in length and 260 miles in width, with a total area of about 123,550 square miles. The annual ammount of rainfall ranges from 0.4 to 1.5 inches. Temperatures range from 77 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer, and -4 to 16 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter. This is a great place to visit if you like deserts!

A couple boats cutting through the waters of the Yangtze River

Now, we travel to the Yangtze River! This river is the longest river in both China and Asia. It's also the third longest river in the world, with a length of 3,915 miles. Its source is on the Plateau of Tibet, and the river empties into the East China sea. More than 3/4 of the river travels through mountains. The average flow of water is greater than 70,000 cubic feet, which is more than the discharge rate of the Huang He at its mouth. This is a great touring destination if you like traveling throught the bends and turns of rivers!

Tons of salt on the banks of the Dead Sea

We're on our way to the Dead Sea! The Dead Sea, also known as the Salt Sea, is a salt lake between Israel and Jordan in southwest Asia. The sea gets nearly all of its water from the Jordan River, which flows in from the north. The sea also is the lowest body of water and has the lowest elevation in the world. Winter temperatures are between 58 and 63 degrees Fahrenheit, and summer temperatures are between 93 and 124 degrees Fahrenheit. This sea may be salty, but it's still a great place to visit!

Lush green hills on the North China Plain

Off to the North China Plain! The North China Plain, also called the Yellow Plain, is a large, alluvial plain built up along the Yellow sea by the deposits from the Huang He, Huai, Hai, and other rivers in China. Covering an area of 158,000 miles, it is one of the world's most densely populated areas. Widespread flooding was was common on the plain's history, due to most of the rivers being on elevated beds above the surrounding areas. Despite its flodding, the lush, green hills of this plain will certainly please you and your family!

A large part of the Himalaya mountain range

Last, but certainly not least, we have the Himalayas! These mountains are a great mountain range of Asia that forms a barrier between the Plateau of Tibet and India. The Himalayas include some of the highest mountains in the world, with more than 110 peaks rising 24,000 feet above sea level. One of these peaks is Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. This mountain has an elevation of 29,035 feet above sea level. The width of the Himalayas is between 125 and 250 miles. The area of the mountains is about 230,000 square miles. The annual average rainfall is between 60 and 120 inches. If you like a challenge, consider climing the mountains of the Himalayas!

Sources

Himalayas: Chatterjee, Shiba P., and Barry C. Bishop. Himalayas, Britannica, 23 Aug. 1988, https://www.britannica.com/place/Himalayas. Accessed 14 Mar. 2017.

Plateau of Tibet: The Editors of Encyclopdia Britannica. Plateau of Tibet, Britannica, 20 July 1998, https://www.britannica.com/place/Plateau-of-Tibet. Accessed 14 Mar. 2017.

Taklamakan Desert: Alitto, Guy S., and Mikhail P. Petrov. Takla Makam Desert, Britannica, 28 July 1999, https://www.britannica.com/place/Takla-Makan-Desert#toc581237main. Accessed 15 Mar. 2017.

Gobi Desert: Alitto, Guy S., and Mikhail P. Petrov. Gobi, Britannica, 26 July 1999, https://www.britannica.com/place/Gobi#toc47959. Accessed 15 Mar. 2017.

North China Plain: The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica. North China Plain, Britannica, 20 July 1998, https://www.britannica.com/place/North-China-Plain. Accessed 15 Mar. 2017.

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Chang Jiang River: Greer, Charles E., and Aleksandr P. Muranov. Yangtze River, Britannica, 28 July 1999, https://www.britannica.com/place/Yangtze-River#toc651857main. Accessed 15 Mar. 2017.

Bay of Bengal: Morgan, Joseph R., Philomene A. Verlaan, and Suri Balakrishna. Bay of Bengal, Britannica, 26 July 1999, https://www.britannica.com/place/Bay-of-Bengal#toc60740main. Accessed 15 Mar. 2017.

Dead Sea: Pletcher, Kenneth. Dead Sea, Britannica, 27 May 1999, https://www.britannica.com/place/Dead-Sea#toc154254main. Accessed 15 Mar. 2017.

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