Top 10 Destinations in Asia. Number 10 – Beijing China. Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic
of China. The city is an important world capital, and
one of the world’s leading centers for culture, diplomacy and politics, business and economy,
education, language, science and technology. A megacity, Beijing is the second largest
Chinese city by urban population after Shanghai and is the nation’s cultural, educational,
and political center. Combining both modern and traditional architecture,
Beijing is one of the oldest cities in the world, with a rich history dating back three
millennia. The city has been the political center of
the country for most of the past eight centuries. Beijing is renowned for its opulent palaces,
temples, parks, gardens, tombs, walls and gates. It has seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites—the
Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs, Zhoukoudian, and parts of the
Great Wall and the Grand Canal— all tourist locations. Siheyuans, the city’s traditional housing
style, and hutongs, the narrow alleys between siheyuans, are major tourist attractions and
are common in urban Beijing. 9 – Maldives. The Maldives is a small country in South Asia,
located in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. The chain of 26 atolls stretches from Ihavandhippolhu
Atoll in the north to Addu Atoll in the south. Comprising a territory spanning roughly 298
square kilometres (115 sq mi), the Maldives is one of the world’s most geographically
dispersed sovereign states as well as the smallest Asian country by land area and population,
with around 515,696 inhabitants. Tourism accounts for 28% of the GDP and more
than 60% of the Maldives’ foreign exchange receipts. Over 90% of government tax revenue comes from
import duties and tourism-related taxes. The development of tourism fostered the overall
growth of the country’s economy. It created direct and indirect employment
and income generation opportunities in other related industries. The first tourist resorts were opened in 1972,
which transformed the Maldives economy. The number of resorts increased from 2 to
92 between 1972 and 2007. As of 2007, over 8,380,000 tourists had visited
Maldives. Number 8 – Cappadocia Turkey. Cappadocia is a historical region in Turkey. The area is a popular tourist destination,
as it has many areas with unique geological, historic, and cultural features. The most important towns and destinations
in Cappadocia are Ürgüp, Göreme, Ihlara Valley, Selime, Guzelyurt, Uçhisar, Avanos
and Zelve. Hot-air ballooning is very popular in Cappadocia
and is available in Göreme. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and streams
and ignimbrite deposits that erupted from ancient volcanoes approximately 9 to 3 million
years ago, during the late Miocene to Pliocene epochs, underlie the Cappadocia region. The rocks of Cappadocia near Göreme eroded
into hundreds of spectacular pillars and minaret-like forms. People of the villages at the heart of the
Cappadocia Region carved out houses, churches and monasteries from the soft rocks of volcanic
deposits. 7 – Ha Long Bay Vietnam. Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
and popular travel destination in Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts
and isles in various shapes and sizes. Ha Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which
includes Bai Tu Long Bay to the northeast, and Cát Bà Island to the southwest. These larger zones share a similar geological,
geographical, geomorphological, climate, and cultural characters. Hạ Long Bay has an area of around 1,553
km2 (600 sq mi), including 1,960–2,000 islets, most of which are limestone. The core of the bay has an area of 334 km2
(129 sq mi) with a high density of 775 islets. The limestone in this bay has gone through
500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. The evolution of the karst in this bay has
taken 20 million years under the impact of the tropical wet climate. The geo-diversity of the environment in the
area has created biodiversity, including a tropical evergreen biosystem, oceanic and
sea shore biosystem. Hạ Long Bay is home to 14 endemic floral
species and 60 endemic faunal species. Number 6 – Dubai. Dubai is the most populous city in the United
Arab Emirates (UAE) and the capital of the Emirate of Dubai. Located on the southeast coast of the Persian
Gulf, Dubai is a global city and the business hub of the Middle East. A centre for regional and international trade
since the early 20th century, Dubai’s economy relies on revenues from trade, tourism, aviation,
real estate, and financial services. Tourism is an important part of the Dubai
government’s strategy to maintain the flow of foreign cash into the emirate. Dubai’s lure for tourists is based mainly
on shopping, but also on its possession of other ancient and modern attractions. As of 2018, Dubai is the fourth most-visited
city in the world based on the number of international visitors and the fastest growing, increasing
by a 10.7% rate. The city hosted 14.9 million overnight visitors
in 2016, and is expected to reach 20 million tourists by 2020. Dubai has been called the “shopping capital
of the Middle East”. 5- El Nido and Coron Philippines. El Nido is located in Palawan, Philippines. A managed resource protected area, it is known
for its white-sand beaches, coral reefs, limestone cliffs and as the gateway to the Bacuit archipelago. El Nido is currently ranked as one of the
“20 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World.” It was classified as the Best Beach and Island
destination in the Philippines for its “extraordinary natural splendor and ecosystem.” Coron is the third-largest island in the Calamian
Islands in northern Palawan in the Philippines. It has unique ecological features. The area around the wrecks has rock formations
which provide for snorkeling opportunities. Coron is one of the most visited destinations
for wreck diving in the Philippines. Number 4 – Taj Mahal India. The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble Islamic
mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal
emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal; it also houses
the tomb of Shah Jahan himself. The tomb is the centrepiece of a 17-hectare
(42-acre) complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens
bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall. Construction of the mausoleum was essentially
completed in 1643, but work continued on other phases of the project for another 10 years. The Taj Mahal complex is believed to have
been completed in its entirety in 1653 at a cost estimated at the time to be around
32 million rupees, which in 2015 would be approximately 52.8 billion rupees (U.S. $827
million). The construction project employed some 20,000
artisans. The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World
Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally
admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. It is regarded by many as the best example
of Mughal architecture and a symbol of India’s rich history. The Taj Mahal attracts 7–8 million visitors
a year and in 2007. It was considered one of the new 7 Wonders
of the World. 3 – Istanbul Turkey. Istanbul is the most populous city in Turkey
and the country’s economic, cultural and historic center. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia,
straddling the Bosporus strait (which separates Europe and Asia) between the Sea of Marmara
and the Black Sea. The city has 15 million residents in the metropolitan
area. Over 12 million foreign visitors came to Istanbul
in 2015, five years after it was named a European Capital of Culture, making the city the world’s
fifth most popular tourist destination. The city’s biggest attraction is its historic
center, partially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Istanbul is an increasingly popular tourist
destination; whereas just 2.4 million foreigners visited the city in 2000, it welcomed 12.56
million foreign tourists in 2015, making it the world’s fifth most-visited city. Istanbul receives a quarter of the nation’s
foreign tourists. There are 17 palaces, 64 mosques, and 49 churches
of historical significance in Istanbul. Number 2 – Bali Indonesia. Bali is a province of Indonesia and the westernmost
of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Located east of Java and west of Lombok, the
province includes the island of Bali and a few smaller neighbouring islands. Bali is the only Hindu-majority province in
Indonesia, with 83.5% of the population adhering to Balinese Hinduism. Bali is Indonesia’s main tourist destination,
which has seen a significant rise in tourists since the 1980s. Tourism-related business makes up 80% of its
economy. It is renowned for its highly developed arts,
including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music. In March 2017, TripAdvisor named Bali as the
world’s top destination. Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, the area
with the highest biodiversity of marine species especially fish and turtles. In this area alone, over 500 reef-building
coral species can be found. Bali is the home of the Subak irrigation system,
a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 1 – Tokyo Japan. Tokyo has served as the Japanese capital since
1869, housing the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese government. Tourism in Tokyo is an important contributor
to the economy. In 2006, 4.81 million foreigners have visited
the city. Cultural attractions include japanese pop
culture and associated districts such as Shibuya and Harajuku. Asakusa is a district in Tokyo, Japan, famous
for the Sensō-ji, a Buddhist temple. There are several other temples in Asakusa,
as well as various festivals. Tokyo features two distinctive towers: Tokyo
Tower, and the Tokyo Skytree, which is one of the tallest towers in the world. The city also contains numerous parks and
gardens. There are four national parks in Tokyo, including
the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The Tokyo National Museum houses 37% of the
country’s artwork national treasures.

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