Meleahna's Mysterious Adventures A travelers guide to Asia

Grab your suitcases and get packing. Be ready for an adventure through some of Asia's landforms.

The Himalayan Mountains

If you go to the Himalayan Mountains, then you will need to pack warm clothes and climbing gear. The Himalayas form a barrier between the Plateau of Tibet to the north and the Alluvial Plains of the Indian subcontinent to the south. The 110 peaks can reach all the up to 24,000 feet. The tallest mountain in the world is in the Himalayas. Mount Everest reaches an elevation of 29,035 feet above sea level. Each language has their different name for Mt. Everest. The Tibetan language calls the mountain Chomolungma, China calls it Qomolangma Feng, and Nepal calls it Sagarmatha.

The Taklimakan Desert

The Taklimakan Desert has a n annual temperature range of 70°F, so pack some warm clothes as we venture to the Taklimakan Desert. The Desert extends about 600 miles from east to west, and has a width of 260 miles, and it has a total area of around 123,550 square miles. That's a lot of land to explore. Since the Taklimakan Desert is one of the largest sandy deserts in the world, it has very low precipitation. The precipitation per year has a range of about 1.5 inches per year.

Plateau of Tibet

Come to the Plateau of Tibet for a pleasant time. There is about 965,000 miles to explore. The northern section of the Plateau, called Qiangtang, is dotted with many brackish lakes. Not good for swimming, but they are quite a sight. The Plateau of Tibet encompasses all of the Tibet Autonomous Region and much of Qinghai province. Having the nicknames of "roof of the world," "the Third Pole" and the "Asian water tower," it is huge, but has much to explore.

Gobi Desert

We will be venturing to the Gobi desert for this trip. Be sure to bring a lot of water because the Mongolian word gobi means "waterless place." The Gobi Desert is so large that it stretches across portions of Mongolia and parts of China. Even though most deserts are full of sand, the Gobi desert is bare rocks. The Gobi desert contains traces of chalk and other sedimentary rocks that are chiefly Cenozoic in age, which means that they are up to 65 million years old. The annual temperature in January reaches about -40° and the annual temperature in July reaches 113°.

The North China Plain

The North China Plain is called the Yellow Plain or the Huang-Huai-Hia Plain. The plain covers an area of about 158,000 square miles. Since it is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, you will be able to meet people and see what their culture is like first hand. The plain is bordered by the Yan Mountains on the North, on the West it is bordered by the Taihang Mountains and the Henan Highlands, and on the southwest by the Tongbai and Dabie Mountians.

The Yellow River

The Huang He river is e second largest river in the world. Be prepared for rafting and sailing down the river. The Huang He, also known as the Yellow River, is often called the cradle of Chinese civilization. The river is 3,395 miles long. While you might think that there would be a lot of vegetation by a river, the Huang He river doesn't have a lot of vegetation or wildlife.

Yangzi River

The Chang Jiang River is the longest river in Asia and China and the third longest river in the world. The river extends for about 2,000 miles from west to east. The Chang Jiang River contributes to nearly half of China's crop production. The River is estimated to produce more than 200,000 watts of energy. That's an electrifying fact to use when you are trying to impress people.

Bay of Bengal

The Bay of Bengal is the largest bay in the world, so be prepared to have a blast swimming. The bay has an area of about 839,000 square miles. The average depth is more than 8,500 feet. Be sure that you can float, so that you don't sink. Cyclones, which are intense tropical storms with high winds, occur in the spring (April-May) and in fall (October-November). When you go don't get swept away by the storms.

Dead Sea

The last destination, other than home, on our amazing trip is the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is full of salt. In Ancient Egyptian times, they used the salt to preserve the Pharos body to prepare it for mummification. In Aramaic the Dead Sea is called Al-Baḥr Al-Mayyit, which means "Sea of Death," and in Hebrew it is called Yam HaMelaẖ, which means "Salt Sea." The Dead Sea is full of salt but the most concentration of salt is at the bottom.

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