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Asia

Asia

From the eastern gates of Europe to the frozen reaches of Kamchatka and the postcard-perfect islands of the South Pacific, Asia is the largest and most populous continent on Earth. Maybe your compass will lead you to popular destinations, like Rajasthan or Yunnan Province, or off the beaten track to Mongolia—Asia contains a lifetime's worth of wonder.

Follow the links below to see country and regional reading lists for a destination.

Follow the links below to see recommended reading for each destination.

The Longitude Blog – Asia
Odyssey Guide Myanmar
Refreshingly direct and engaging, this new edition of Caroline Courtauld’s richly illustrated and indispensable guide covers Burma's culture, long history and religion with grace and authority. With many fine color maps (as is the custom with the excellent Odyssey series), hundreds of photographs and well-chosen literary excerpts. In honor of the historic visit of the remarkable Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi to the United States, we highlight this guide along with other new and noteworthy books on Myanmar.
Suu Kyi Visits U.S.
On her first trip to the United States in decades, the Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi has been busy indeed! She received the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, when she also met privately with President Obama in the Oval Office. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama was looking forward to the visit, "as it provides another opportunity to reaffirm our long-standing support for her struggle and the struggle of many others toward democratic, just and transparent governance in Burma.
Namtso, Tibet
Kindly Contributed by Canyon Sam, author of Sky Train, Tibetan Women on the Edge of History.
"If you have slack in your schedule on a visit to Tibet, be sure to take the opportunity to see some of the countryside surrounding Lhasa.  This high desert plateau is some of the most beautiful landscape in the world.