10 Hidden Secrets Of East Asia!
Asia is such a vast continent that it can be difficult to know where to start when visiting, but if you heading to the eastern part, then here are some hidden sites to check out!
1. Great Wall, China
Ok so the Great Wall of China is hardly a hidden secret, but when you think of the wall it will be the one tourist stretch just outside of the capital city of Beijing. However since the wall is over 8800km in length, there is obviously plenty more to see. Travel inland in China, and you can go hiking in the mountains to see this incredible feat of human construction in a more peaceful setting.
2. Duk Ling, Hong Kong
The autonomous territory of Hong Kong lying off of China’s south coast conjures up images of a modern metropolis. But why not escape the hustle and bustle of the city by taking a sail around the harbour on the Duk Ling? A fully restored traditional Chinese junk, take a trip back in time as you sail the South China Seas and get one of the best views of the incredible city.
3. Namhansanseong Fortress, South Korea
The Namhansanseong Fortress is located only 25km south of the capital city of Seoul and is an incredible site to behold. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2014, this walled fortress lies nearly 500m above sea level. With structures dating back to the 13th Century, this historical place offers not only a feel of South Korea’s rich history, but also fantastic views of the surrounding landscape.
4. Shirakawa Village, Japan
Japan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia, and with its mix of old traditions, cutting edge technology and delicious food, it’s not hard to see why. To see a more picturesque side of Japan than its major city of Tokyo, why not head to the village of Shirakawa. Located at the base of Mount Haku-san, this village’s picture perfect cottages have been constructed in a traditional Japanese mountain style ‘gassho-zukuri’ and it is another UNESCO World Heritage site.
5. Flaming Cliffs, Mongolia
The vast country of Mongolia is famed for its steppes and wide open places, but what you might not know that there is a portion of the vast Gobi Desert in the south too. It is there that you can find the Flaming Cliffs, which are also known as Bayanzag. They gain their names thanks to the orange/red colour that they are turned by the setting sun, which is truly spectacular. Furthermore, dinosaur fossils have been found at this ancient spot too.
6. Coloane’s Stilt Houses, Macau
A special administrative region off of China’s southern coast, Macau is one of the most densely populated areas on earth with over 600,000 people living in an area of approximately 30sq.km. Once a peaceful fishing village before gambling was legalised, traces of this past can still be found on Coloane Island with its traditional and colourful stilt houses.
7. Hallasan National Park, South Korea
Again ignoring Seoul, another hidden secret of South Korea is Hallasan National Park. Located on the island province of Jejudo, the largest island in the Korean Peninsula and to the south of the country itself, this park has been an official UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2002. With South Korea’s tallest mountain, Halla Mountain, this is a breath-taking area to visit.
8. Lazurnaya Bay, Russia
Russia is such an enormous country that is easily includes itself into Europe and Asia. In Eastern Asia, its most well-known port city is Vladivostok, and it is there that you can find the beautiful Lazurnaya Bay. Known for its sandy beaches and beautiful surrounding hilly countryside with pleasant woods, this charming bay lies on the Sea of Japan.
9. Shangli, China
Another hidden spot from China, Shangli is relatively unknown to foreign tourists. Lying in southeast China along the historical Silk Road trade route, this village was once a major hub. What is particularly interesting about this unspoilt village, is the 8 stone bridges of completely varying styles that you can see.
10. Ibusuki, Japan
Located in the very south of the country, Ibuski is another amazing hidden secret from Japan. It is here that you can enjoy the somewhat bizarre sand baths. Wrapped in traditional robes you are buried up to the neck in the naturally warm sand which is heated by the tectonic plates. Following this detox, you can then go for a refreshing dip.