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Far East

far-eastWhen we think of migration from Asia, the traditional route is via Britain's role in India. However, during theheight of the British Empire, trading and commercial links stretched to the Far East, often under the control of the East India Company but enforced by naval and military force. Consequently, the opportunity to move to parts of the UK presented themselves to a large number of people who were either under direct British rule or closely associated with its merchants and traders. Many, for example, joined up with the British Merchant Navy and ended up starting a new life at the end of their journey across the world.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala-LumpurTo describe Kuala Lumpur is like opening a book that has various exciting chapters. Yes, this only global city of Malaysia appears blessed with colors of modernism along with rich heritage. Though formally KL spans over an area of 244 sq kms, its plush precincts virtually get bigger to embrace the entire world. Kuala Lumpur is situated at the confluence of Sungai Gombak and Sungai Klang, and probably, that's how it got its name, which literally means 'muddy confluence' in Malay language.

Malaysia's capital of Kuala Lumpur is known the world over for its major celebrations and events, and in recent years has played host to both the Formula One World Championship and the elite Commonwealth Games. Much of the city can be covered on foot, although areas such as Chinatown, the Central Market and Dayabumi may be a little too big to simply walk around.


JapanJapan is a place of ancient gods and customs, but is also the cutting edge of cool modernity. High-speed trains whisk you from one end of the country to another with awe-inspiring punctuality. In the suburbs of a sprawling metropolis, you can catch sight of a farmer tending his paddy field, then turn the corner and find yourself next to a neon-festooned electronic games parlour. One day you could be picking through fashion in the biggest department store on earth, the next relaxing in an outdoor hot-spring pool, watching cherry blossom or snowflakes fall, depending on the season.

Japan's highest mountain (3776m/12,385ft) is a perfectly symmetrical volcanic cone which last blew its top in 1707, covering the streets of Tokyo 100km (62mi) away with volcanic ash. It's sometimes visible from Tokyo but is more often mystically shrouded by cloud or, in winter, capped off by snow.

South Korea

South Korea's most famous historical tourist attractions include the ancient capitals of Seoul, Gyeonju and Buyeo. Most international tourists come to Seoul, to experience both the classical and modern aspects of Korean culture.

A number of natural landmarks are important tourist attractions. The biggest of these are the peaks of the Baekduaegan, particularly Seora-san and Jiri-san. In addition, the caves of Danyang and Hwanseongul, and beaches such as Haeundae and Mallio are popular attractions.


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