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• Facts about Asia tell us that it is the world’s largest continent, covering over 17,176,102 square miles.

• Two-thirds of the world’s population lives in Asia, or over three billion people.

• Not everyone in Asia is poor. China has 100,000 native millionaires.

• India is growing at a faster rate than China and its population will surpass that of China in this century.

• Asia is the only continent that borders two other continents, Africa and Europe. In the winter, when ice covers the Bering Sea it borders North America as well.

• Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, is in Asia.

• Mount Everest is 29,028 feet high and is located in China-Nepal.

• China is the world’s biggest consumer of televisions, refrigerators and cell phones.

• China is the largest exporter of goods to the United States.

• Japan manufactures more autos than any other country in the world.

• The two largest cities in the world are in Asia. They are Mumbai, India and Shanghai, China.

• The largest country in Asia by land mass size is Russia. Russia covers 4,845.580 square miles.

• Gunpowder was first discovered in Asia (China).

• The Great Wall of China was built to protect the Chinese from attack by the Mongols.

• In Asia, rice is often eaten in some form at every meal.

• Facts about Asia reveal that only ten-percent of Asia is cultivated to grow food.

• The Dead Sea is the lowest point in the entire world at 1,312 feet below sea level. It is located in Israel/Jordan.

• The Caspian Sea is the largest lake in Asia. Its size is 143,244 square miles.

• Asia is a growing market for U.S. companies. There are nine L.L. Bean stores in Japan.

• It is a myth that the Great Wall of China is visible from outer space.

• Facts about Asia reveal that sixty-percent of all the bicycles in the world are manufactured in Asia (China).

• Major religions in Asia are Hinduism, Theravada Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, East Asian Buddhism, Islam, and Catholicism.

• The world’s largest fish market is in Asia--the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan.

• Tokyo, Mumbai, Singapore, and Hong Kong are Asia’s financial centers.

• Thirty-percent of Chinese exports are electronics.

• The first emperor of China was Shi Huang-Ti, who founded the Qin dynasty. He ordered the burning of all of China’s books in 213 B.C. He built 270 palaces, all linked by tunnels.

• Some of the wildlife in Asia consists of monkeys, leopards, tigers, hippos, elephants, and giant pandas.

• Sumo is the national sport of Japan.

• Hunting and fishing economies are the largest source of income in rural Asia.

• Japan is the home of two hundred volcanoes. Mount Fuji is the highest Japanese mountain, and it is an active volcano.

• Japan has the highest literacy rate in the world at close to 100%.



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