From India to Seoul to Shanghai and Thailand to Tibet, Asia’s diverse cultures and landscapes are a traveler’s dream! Alluring Asia
A tourist walks along the empty Hikkaduwa beach, past a palm tree bent over from the tsunami June 26, 2005 in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka, which depends on its income from tourism, hopes to increase their number of tourists to its popular southern coast after the December 2004 tsunami. Sri Lanka
Tourists gather on the Hong Kong peak, the city's number one tourist destination, to admire the skyline, 31 May 2005. The Hong Kong Tourism Board plans to put 440 million Hong Kong dollars ($56.4 million USD) for tourism promotion in the coming two years. The city's tourism potential is also expected to shoot up when it becomes home to the latest Disneyland venture, which opens September 12th. H O N G K O N G
Oarsmen in happi coats pull a good oar to shoot the rapids as tourists enjoy a log rafting in the Kitayama River Tuesday, May 3, 2005 in Kitayama, Wakayama prefecture, western Japan. People buckled with life vests need to stand all the six-kilometer (3.75 miles) ride that lasts one hour and 10 minutes. The secluded village historically famous for transporting high quality timbers without damaging them offers the seasonal thrill to visitors until the end of September. J A P A N
A boat is buoyed on Patong Beach as the sun sets in the resort island of Phuket on March 29, 2005. Thailand
A tourist in Changdok Palace Courtyard in Seoul, South Korea. The landscape that surrounds the palace is referred to in English as the Secret Garden. The Palace and the Secret Garden occupy 110 acres South Korea
Tourists walk on a part of the Huanghuacheng section of China's Great Wall which was recently renovated northwest of Chengguan town April 21, 2005. Beijing began a second phase of a project to repair a 12.4 kilometers (7.7 miles) section of the Great Wall in a suburban area. China
A tourist looks into the cloudy sky at the Waterfront Bund August 6, 2005 in Shanghai, China. Shanghai, China
Tourists crowd a plaza at an under renovation Potala Palace in central Lhasa, August 3, 2005 in Tibet. Lhasa's most imposing attraction, built during the reign of the fifth Dalai Lama in 1645, was once the seat of Tibetan government and the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas Tibet
Women on bicycles make their way along a section of the newly built Ho Chi Minh highway April 24, 2005, near Vinh, Vietnam. Today, many sections of the trail that supplied the war efforts of the North against the South have been reclaimed by tropical growth, but a main artery has now become the Ho Chi Minh National Highway. The more than 1,200 kilometers, (745 miles) stretches from the gates of Hanoi to the former capital of South Vietnam known as Saigon. Vietnam
Tourists look at fish at Singapore's underwater world Thursday, April 14, 2005 in Singapore. Singapore
The Taj Mahal was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the son of Jahangir, as a mausoleum for his Persian wife, Arjumand Banu Begum, also known as Mumtaz-ul-Zamani or Mumtaz Mahal. It took 23 years to complete (1630 - 1653) and is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture. Taj Mahal Agra, India
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