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Asia’s most photogenic places

Asia is filled with stunning picture postcard views from north to south and from east to west all year round. Here is our selection of Asia’s most photogenic places and moments.
Right after sunrise from Shwetaung pagoda, Mrauk'U, Myanmar (Burma)
© photo: Jean-Marie Hullot    

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

photo: mrofiq

Between 2 and 4 million people annually visit Taj Mahal, the symbol of eternal love from Mughal Shah Jahan dedicated to his third wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction began in 1632 and the masterpiece of Islamic architecture was completed 22 years later. Taj Mahal is constantly changing colors during the day depending on the position of the sun.
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Cherry blossoms, Japan

Cherry Blossom, Japan

photo: skyseeker

Hanami is the centuries-old custom of picnicking under a blooming sakura (cherry) tree. The blooming season starts by the end of March in the south and the sakura wave travels northwards, lasting until early May. People who are planning a hanami follow the blossom forecast announced by the weather bureau closely, as the blossoms only last a week or two.
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Sukhothai, Thailand

Sukhothai Historical Park

photo: whl.travel

During the 13th and 14th century Sukhothai was the capital of the Thai empire for about 140 years. What remains today is a historical park with many temple ruins, large Buddha statues and palace buildings, all surrounded by a city wall.
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Skyline, Hong Kong

Hong Kong

photo: Piotr Zurek

The futuristic skyline of Hong Kong is without a doubt the greatest skyline on the planet. The best views of the most vertical city in the world can be seen from Victory Peak and from Victory Harbour.
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Ta Phrom, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ta Phrom, Cambodia

photo: Subliminati

Eversince the re-discovery of Ta Prohm by French explorers in the 19th century, the former Buddhist temple in Bayon style has been left pretty much untouched. Trees are growing out of the ruins, moss and plants are creeping everywhere in the numerous towers, courtyards and narrow corridors; Ta Prohm is swallowed by nature.
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Legong dancers, Bali, Indonesia

Legong dancers, Bali

photo: Peter Garnhum

Legong dancers wear beautiful make up and are dressed in gold brocade from head to toe, making you wonder how they can still move. On gamelan music they dance with complex finger movements, complicated footwork and passionate facial expressions. The Balinese Legong dance is performed at public festivals and showcases for tourists.
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Great Wall, China

Great Wall, China

photo: yewenyi

The Great Wall of China is one of the most famous structures in the world, often rumored that it is also the only man-made object visible from space. The Great Wall zigzags more than 6200km across grasslands, deserts, mountains and plateaus. It was originally built to protect the China empire’s northern border against invasion from nomadic groups.
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Rice terraces, Banaue, Philippines

Banaue Rice Terraces

photo: dammit_jill

The rice terraces of Banaue were carved into the mountains of Ifugao by local tribes over 2000 years ago. This UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Luzon is one of the Philippines most visited sights and often considered as the eight wonder of the world.
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Leh, Ladakh, India

Leh, Ladakh, India

photo: dtra

Leh is located on the crossroad of ancient trading routes from Tibet and Kashmir. Ladakh’s capital at 3500 meters altitude, is not only famed for its palace, age-old monasteries, mud-brick houses and narrow lanes but mostly for the stunning views of the Himalayas.
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Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

photo: The Exo Guy

Halong Bay on the northern coast of Vietnam is home to nearly 2000 islands, islets and limestone karsts in various sizes and shapes. Some islands are inhabited, most of them have an abundant diversity of flora, fauna and marine life. Popular activities in Halong Bay are boat cruises on junks, kayaking, snorkeling and swimming and visiting caves.
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Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines

Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines

photo: alvin0118

The Chocolate Hills on the island of Bohol (Philippines) are an unusual geological formation of 1,776 similar shaped hills spread over an area of about 50 square kilometers. The grass covered hills turn brown during the dry season, hence the name Chocolate Hills.
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