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A virtual underwater playground with its breathtaking coral, the Philippines draws thousands of divers from Japan, China, and Taiwan each year.

Bangladesh is the most densely populated non-island region in the world, with more than 1,970 humans per square mile.

Bhutan is derived from the Indian word Bhotanta, meaning "the edge of Tibet." It is located in Asia near the southern fringes of the eastern Himalayas.

Ceylon became a republic in 1972 and changed its name to Sri Lanka.

China produces about 70 percent of the world's silk supply.

In Siberia, it can get so cold that the moisture in a person's breath freezes instead of forming vapor. It can actually be heard when it falls to earth as ice crystals.

In the southern part of Japan, it rarely snows to any great amount except for the mountains, but the northern part usually has plenty of snow in the winter. Autumn is by far the best time to visit Japan, as far as the weather goes.

Israel is one-quarter the size of the state of Maine.

Japan consists of the four large islands of Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and about three thousand smaller islands.

Kuwait's name is derived from kut, the Arabic word for “fort.”

Lake Baikal in Siberia is the only lake in the world that is deep enough to have deep-sea fish.

Located in the Indian Ocean just north of the equator, Sri Lanka had a highly developed civilization as early as the fifth century B.C. Translation of Sri Lanka is "beautiful country."

More than 20 percent of all the trees in the world are in the Siberian larch.

Of the twenty-five highest mountains on Earth, nineteen are in the Himalayas.

Oman's economy is based on petroleum, which accounts for 99 percent of export revenues. It is located at the eastern bulge of the Arabian peninsula.

One of the deadliest diseases in the world is Japanese River Fever, with a mortality rate of more than 50 percent. It is found only near rivers in certain areas of Japan, China, Korea, Burma, and India.

Originally, Pakistan was comprised of two separate land areas located about 1,000 miles apart to the east and west of India. The eastern portion seceded in 1971 as the independent nation of Bangladesh.

Taiwan was known formerly as Formosa.

Thailand means "land of the free."

The five deadliest floods of the 20th century are that of 1931 when the Yellow River in China flooded and 3.7 million died; the Bangladesh flood in 1970, where 500,000 died; 1939's flood by the Henan in China where 200,000 died; the 1911 flood of the Chang Jiang River in China; where 100,000 died; and India's Bengal River flood in 1942, where 40,000 people died.

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