From the deserts of Saudi Arabia to the endless steppes of Mongolia, Asia is a vast continent full of incredible wonders, both natural and man-made. It is the birthplace of the world’s oldest civilizations and its biggest religions, its highest peaks and its most populous cities. There are hundreds of things that will surprise, astonish and delight you in this continent. Asia is the largest continent in the world and has the two most populated countries in the world, China and India. Well, keeping aside these universally known facts about Asia and Asian countries, the continent and its nations have a long list of interesting facts that you probably did not know about. Volunteering Solutions brings you a list of 19 such facts to get intrigued; take a look:

1.)  It is the birthplace for some of the oldest civilizations of the world.

2.)  Seven of the ten largest cities (by population) in the world are located in Asia.

3.)  It has, both, the highest (Mt. Everest) and the lowest (Dead Sea) points on earth. Now, that’s a wildly varied landscape.

4.)  China and India, collectively, makes a third of world’s total population.

5.)  Interestingly, according to a law in Japan, people above 40 years of age have to get their waists checked mandatorily. And if found above the threshold defined for both genders, they will have to follow a strict diet plan to reduce their weight. Conclusively, it is illegal to be fat in Japan!

6.)  The world’s largest shopping mall is in China; and is referred to as a ‘Ghost Town’ due to lack of occupancy.

7.)  In fact, out of the ten largest malls in the world, all are located in Asia.

8.)  It is the home to some of the most amazing and unique wildlife; including animals such as, Pandas, Elephants, Tiger, King Cobra, Yak, Indian Rhinos, etc.

9.)  Nine of world’s top ten tall buildings are located in Asia.

10.)  China is the third largest country in the world (by area) and yet has only one time zone.

11.)  India is known to be the highest producer of mangoes in the world, with close to 12 million tons each year.

12.)  With a median age of 44.6, the Japanese are the second oldest people in the world after the people of Monaco.

13.)  Around 50,000 people above 100 years of age are Japanese.

14.)  In Vietnam, people measure their age according to the number of Vietnamese New Years (aka Tets) they have lived. This brings it to the fact that all Vietnamese share the same birthday.

15.)  Due to high level of air pollution, China has come up with canned fresh air.

16.)  In a small town in India, called Sholapur, new born children are thrown from the top of a 50 foot tower to bring them good luck and wealth.

17.)  The first ever farmers and merchants were Asians.

18.)  Asians were the first to use ‘writing’ as an activity.

19.)  There are six geographical regions of Asia; Central, East, North, South, Southeast, and Southwest.

20) More than 4.1 billion people live in Asia: That’s nearly 60% of the world’s total. At 87 people per square kilometers, it also has the highest population density in the world (Europe comes in second at 72.5 people per square kilometer).

Surprised? Indeed! Asia is a continent full of surprises and hidden facts. And while these were just the 19 of them, you can discover a whole lot yourself while traveling to this huge continent. VolSol provide volunteering opportunities in 9 different countries in Asia; including India, China, Vietnam, Nepal, Thailand, etc. Thus, giving you an opportunity to uncover some more interesting facts about this continent.