This is Why You Should Travel to Central & East Asia this year
Asia is such a vast continent. No wonder it is the largest of all seven! The culture drastically changes from one direction to another giving travellers so much to consider and many many options. Our Traveller Oscars have brought you incredible choices in South Asia, Southeast Asia, Oceania, Africa, and South America already. And now, we will give you even more. Here are the nominees for best destinations and why you should Travel to Central & East Asia this year.
Miyajima/Itsukushima Island, Japan
Nominated by Kallsy of Pages of Travel, Instagram
Tien Shan Mountains, Kyrgyzstan
Nominated by Margherita of The Crowded Planet, Instagram
Our nomination for the best destination would be Tokyo, Japan. We’ve traveled to over fifteen countries together in the past three years and Tokyo has stood out for us in a major way. Don’t get me wrong, there are loads of epic places around the world and it’s hard to really compare them all because they all offer something different.
Tokyo, however, outshines other places in a lot of ways for us. For one, we are not at all the type of travelers that enjoy big cities. In fact, we typically try to avoid them. We had heard good things about Tokyo, so we wanted to give it a fair chance. It blew us away!
We were amazed by the orderliness of this big city. There is such a calm and collected vibe in Tokyo that was surprising to us, considering the population. It goes against most of the typical “big city” qualities that always let us down; Tokyo is clean, the people are polite, everything is super organized and efficient which also helps make it easy to get around.
Additionally, we loved the different types of neighborhoods and plethora of things to keep you entertained for days on end. There’s never a shortness of something fun to see or something unique to experience.
The food is absolutely orgasmic in our opinion. I often reminisce about the different dishes we tried and their effects on my taste buds.
Tokyo is a place I could keep going back to and never get tired of.
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Zhangye Danxia National Geopark, Zhangye, China
Zhangye Danxia National Geopark, located in Gansu Province is home to two of China’s most unique landscapes, Rainbow Mountains, and Ice Valley. Both are danxia land forms, a geographical formation completely unique to China. Danxia formations are characterized by mineral-rich red sandstone rock that has been weathered and eroded over millions of years to form incredible natural sculptures and colored hills.
The Rainbow Mountains and Ice Valley parks are without a doubt the most unique of China’s one-of-a-kind danxia formations. The Rainbow Mountains and Ice Valley, while two separate and very different parks in their own right, combine to form Zhangye Danxia National Geopark. Their entrances are right down the road from each other, both just an hour’s drive outside of Zhangye City.
Zhangye Danxia National Geopark is one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. It’s one of those spots where you look around in awe and feel almost like you’ve been transported to another planet.
The Rainbow Mountains are as their name implies, hills tinted with stripes of various colors of the rainbow. Most of the hills are shades of red, yellow, and white, except for one especially striking section where you can see almost all the colors of the rainbow. The mountains look like they’ve been painted with giant cans of spray paint, and the fact that this is natural is just truly mind-blowing.
Ice Valley is known, not for its colors, but for its nature-made sculptures, the most famous two include a camel and one that looks remarkably like the Louvre in France. The rest of the rock formations are mostly phallic in shape and made of red and white striped rock. Ice Valley is literally nestled in between towering snow-capped mountains which give incredible contrast to the park’s red sandstone sculptures.
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