Monuments in Asia

Monuments in Asia
The largest continent on Earth, Asia is full of many different cultures, tourist attractions and important monuments. Many of these monuments offer walking tours and a look at the nature surrounding the attraction.

Great Wall of China

Built and maintained between the fifth century BC and AD 16th century to protect the northern borders of the Chinese empire, the Great Wall of China is the world's longest human-made structure. It stretches about 4,000 miles from Shanhaiguan to Lop Nur. The Great Wall of China is equipped with fighting stations and watch towers at regular intervals. Views surrounding the monument vary by season, making it a great tour any time of year. Some of the most popular spots to visit along the wall are Badaling, Juyong Guan and Mutianyu. Tours include memorable highlights or walking tours.

Tokyo Tower

At a height of 333 meters and weighing 4,000 tons, Tokyo Tower opened in 1958 and is the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower. The main observatory is 150 meters high and shows the entire Kanto region that surrounds Tokyo. The special observatory is 250 meters high. On clear days, you can see as far as Mount Fiji. The main observatory houses live bands each week and is open year-round. Discounts are available for groups of more than 30 people and the tower is only five to 15 minutes from all major transportation lines.

Patuxai Monument

Made to resemble the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Patuxai Monument was built in 1969 and is located in the center of Laos. Meaning "Victory Monument", Patuxai commemorates those who died in pre-communist wars. A staircase to the top is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time.

Taj Mahal

Built in memory of Shah Jahan's favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is said to match her beauty and is one of the wonders of the world. Some say its architectural beauty has never been surpassed. Taj Mahal, which means "crown palace," took 22 years to build and used 20,000 workers to complete. You can spend a whole day in Agra to view the Taj Mahal in different lights. Tours on luxury trains begin at 5:15 a.m. local time and include meals, a tour of the Taj Mahal and free time in surrounding Agra.

Article Written By Amy Grogan

Amy Grogan started writing professionally in 2008, contributing to various online publications. She also served as an editor for the "Killer History" e-book series.

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