Flanked by stone lions and gilded dragons, these countries all boast colorful and often opulent temples and palaces. Their cultural history goes back millennia and is richly reflected in the distinctive architecture, art and gardens.
Last Updated: 22 February 2018
From the semi nomadic people of the Mongolian Steppes to the sophistication of Tokyo, from secretive North Korea to bustling Hong Kong, and that economic powerhouse China in all her natural splendour, the countries of Eastern Asia represent a marvellous diversity of culture, religion, lifestyle and politics. China is a vast country spanning areas from sub-tropical beaches to sub-Arctic ice fields. Japan on the other hand is a small and crowded country that still manages to include colorful gardens and parks in its urban sprawl.