South Korea

Territorial boundaries: Korea is located in Asia, but South Korea is the southern half of the Korean Peninsula bounded by the Sea of Japan in the east, the Yellow Sea in the west and the Korea Strait in the south. Korea is surrounded by China, Russia and Japan Main waterways: Surrounding Korea there is many rivers such as Amnok River located in the northwest China and to … Continue reading South Korea

Tibet and Western China in brief

Geographical features:

The Western part of China consists of one municipality – Chongqing, six provinces –  Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan, Shaanxi, Gansu and Qinghai, and three autonomous regions – Tibet, Ningxia and Xinjiang

Population: more than 300.000.000 people

Borders: North – Mongolia; Northwest – Kazakhstan; West – Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan; Southwest – India and Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh , and Burma; South – Laos and Vietnam

The total area: 5,473,600 sq.km

Important waterway: Yellow River (Huang He) – the second longest river in China, well protected and a “birthplace” of Chinese Civilization

Important cities: Ürümqi and Lhasa

Highest point: The Mount Everest or Chomolungma among Tibetans

Lowest point: Turpan Depression Continue reading “Tibet and Western China in brief”

The 12 October 2002 Bali bombing plot

Two bombs ripped through the Kuta area of the Indonesian tourist island of Bali on 12 October 2002, leaving 202 people dead. Among those killed at Paddy’s Irish Bar and the nearby Sari Club were people from 21 countries, including 88 Australians, 38 Indonesians and 28 Britons. BBC News looks at the background to the bombings 10 years on. The seeds of the October 2002 … Continue reading The 12 October 2002 Bali bombing plot

Hong Kong & Singapore Quick Facts!

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Hong Kong quick facts:

  • Capital: Victoria
  • Population: Approximately  7,071,576
  • Languages: Cantonese 90% (official), English 2.8% ( official) Putonghua ( Mandarin) .9% other Chinese dialects 4.4% other 1.1%
  • Important cities: Hong Kong, Kowloon, Tsuen Wan, Yung Shue Wan, Sok Kwu Wan
  • Highest point: Tai Mo Shan 3,143 ft (958 m)
  • Currency: Hong Kong dollar (HKD) $1 CAD = 5.79 HKD

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Exploring China

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Territorial boundaries: North – Mongolia, Northwest – Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Northeast – Russia, East – East China Sea, North Korea, South – Vietnam, Laos, Burma, Southwest – Bhutan, Nepal, West – India, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan

Most important waterways: Yangtze River, Yellow River, Li River, East China Sea, Korean Bay, Yellow Sea, South China Sea

Area: China is the third largest country with an area of 9.6 million km2

Capital: Beijing

Important cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Suzhou

Highest point: Mount Everest (29,035 ft)

Lowest point: Ayding Lake (-505 ft)

Time zone: UTC +8 hours Continue reading “Exploring China”

Visiting Hiroshima

Hiroshima is a coastal city known for its industrial prosperity, excellent cuisine and exciting nightlife. Yet despite its modern image it will always be known for its grim past, the first victim of the atomic bomb. On the 6th of August, 1945 the city of Hiroshima and a large portion of its people were obliterated by the destructive power of the American super weapon. Now … Continue reading Visiting Hiroshima

Quick facts about Borneo

Territorial boundaries: North: South China Sea / Northwest: South China Sea and Philippine Islands / West: Malay Peninsula / South: Java, Indonesia / East: Sulawesi, Indonesia Area: 743,330 km2 (3rd largest island in the world, largest in Asia) Most important waterways: Kapuas River, Mahakam River, Barito River, Rajang River Capitals: Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) / Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei) / Jakarta (Indonesia) Important cities/Population: Kuching, Sarawak … Continue reading Quick facts about Borneo

The samurai code of conduct

Japan had one of the most skilled martial art warriors of all time, which were called the Samurai. They existed in the Edo period between (1603-1867) to watch over the Shogun castles. People to this day are still fascinated by the Samurais. There are people all over the world that may visit Japan only for the history that the Samurai hold. The Samurai has a … Continue reading The samurai code of conduct