Asia

Overview

  • Population: 4 billion 
  • Land Area: 17.2 million square miles 
  • Largest Country (by land area): Russia 
  • Smallest Country (by land area): Maldives 
  • Largest Country (by population): China 
  • Major Biomes: Desert, Grasslands, Temperate Forest, Taiga 
  • Longest River: Yangtze River 
  • Highest Mountain: Mount Everest 
  • Largest Lake: Caspian Sea 
  • Largest Desert: The Gobi Desert 
  • Languages: The major languages are Chinese (Mandarin), Russian, Indonesian, Arabic, and Bengali. There are more than 2,300 languages in Asia 
  • Inventions: Paper making, Movable type printing, Gunpowder, Compass, Alcohol, Mechanical Clock, Tea, Silk 

Fun facts 

  • Asia is so large that it divides itself into several regions: Northern Asia, Central Asia, Middle East, Eastern Asia, and Southeastern Asia 
  • Asia gave birth to three great ancient civilizations: Mesopotamia (Sumerian civilization), Ancient China, and Ancient India 
  • Hong Kong means ‘fragrant harbor’ 
  • South Korea has a separate Valentine’s Day for single people 
  • There are more than 150 volcanoes in Indonesia 
Countries of Asia: