Showing posts with label Asia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Asia. Show all posts

Monday, March 31, 2014

Asia - Many Countries


Even though we've covered 22 different countries in Asia, we're not even half way through all of them!

There are some very small countries that are just the size of a city!

Here is a list of 49 countries in Asia!

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, North Korea, South Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste/East Timor, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen

Asia is the largest continent, so it's no surprise it has so many countries!
asia
(from: wikipedia - list of sovereign states and dependent territories in asia)


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Monday, March 24, 2014

Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka is a small country in Asia, just South of India.
sri lanka
(from: wikipedia - sri lanka)

To eat in Sri Lanka, you might have kiribath, which is a kind of rice pudding made with coconut milk.
kiribath
(from: wikipedia - kiribath)

Cyril Ponnamperuma was a famous scientist from Sri Lanka that came to the United States to work on the space program at NASA.
cryil ponnamperuma
(from: wikipedia - cryil ponnamperuma)

Hundreds of years ago, a king built a palace inside a giant stone mountain, called Sigiriya.
sigiriya
(from: wikipedia - sigiriya)

The most popular sport in Sri Lanka is called cricket. It is a little like baseball, but the bat is much larger like a paddle.
cricket
(from: wikipedia - cricket)


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Monday, March 17, 2014

Lebanon


Lebanon is a small country in the Middle East in Asia, West of Syria.
lebanon
(from: wikipedia - lebanon)

To eat in Lebanon you might have kibbeh nayyeh, which is uncooked lamb meat with spices.
kibbeh nayyeh
(from: wikipedia - kibbeh nayyeh)

A famous poet from Lebanon was Khalil Gibran. He was the third best selling poet of all time.
khalil gibran
(from: wikipedia - khalil gibran)

One of the largest ancient buildings is in the city of Baalbeck, a place called the Temple of Bacchus.
temple of bacchus
(from: wikipedia - temple of bacchus)

Through history, the cedar trees that grew in Lebanon were very important for making buildings, ships and even medicine. The cedar trees in Lebanon are still a symbol of the nation today.
cedar trees
(from: wikipedia - cedrus libani)


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Monday, March 3, 2014

Jordan


Jordan is a country in the Middle East in Asia, in between Israel and Saudi Arabia.
jordan
(from: wikipedia - jordan)

For a meal in Jordan you might have mansaf, which is lamb with yogurt and rice.

(from: wikipedia - mansaf)

Daoud Hanania is a famous surgeon in Jordan, and was the first to perform heart surgery in the country.
daoud hanania
(from: wikipedia - daoud hanania)

A very famous tomb was carved out of a mountain in a place called Petra.
petra
(from: wikipedia - al khazneh)

There is an ancient place in Jordan called Bethabara that people believe is the place where John the Baptist brought people to be baptized.
bethabara
(from: wikipedia - bethabara)


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Monday, February 24, 2014

Iraq


Iraq is a country in the Middle East in Asia, just south of Turkey.
iraq
(from: wikipedia - iraq)

For a meal in Iraq you might have fattoush, which is pita bread with leafy vegetables and other mixed vegetables.
fattoush
(from: wikipedia - fattoush)

One of the most powerful kings the world ever saw was Nebuchadnezzar, who was from the area where Iraq is now. When he was king there, the land was called Babylon.
nebuchadnezzar
(from: wikipedia - nebuchadnezzar)

There are ancient ruins in the town of Hatra
hatra ruins
(from: wikipedia - hatra)

The area is sometimes called the cradle of civilization because it is where some of the oldest buildings in the world are found.
mohenjo daro
(from: wikipedia - cradle of civilization)

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabia is a country in Asia South of Israel.
It is also in an area known as the Middle East along with Israel and Turkey. saudi arabia
(from: wikipedia - saudi arabia)

For a meal in Saudi Arabia, you may have Kabsa, which is spices with rice, meat and vegetables.
kabsa
(from: wikipedia - kabsa)

A famous woman scientist in Saudi Arabia is Hayat Sindi.
It is very difficult for girls in that country to go to college or be scientists.
Many people there think that women should only stay home and cook and watch children.
Hayat Sindi has made many successes and helps teach little girls in her country that they can be anything they want to be.
hayat sindi
(from: wikipedia - hayat sindi)

In the town of Mada'in Saleh, there are some giant tombs carved into the side of mountains.

(from: wikipedia - mada'in saleh)

In Saudi Arabia, women have to wear something called a hijab, which covers their head and chest.
hijab
(from: wikipedia - hijab)

Men wear something called a thawb which is like a long robe.
thawb
(from: wikipedia - thawb)

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Afghanistan


Afghanistan is country in Asia South of Uzbekistan.
afghanistan
(from: wikipedia - afghanistan)

For lunch in Afghanistan, you might have badenjan which is eggplant.
bonjorn
(from: wikipedia - afghan cuisine)

The baba mountain range goes through Afghanistan.

(from: wikipedia - koh i baba)

Women in Afghanistan have to fight to have equal rights, and one famous woman who is helping women be equal in their country is Anarkali Honaryar
women's rights
(from: wikipedia - anarkali honaryar)

The country is also known for some of the best pomegranates!
pomegranates
(from: wikipedia - afghanistan)


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Monday, February 3, 2014

Uzbekistan


Uzbekistan is a country in Asia West of China.
uzbekistan
(from: wikipedia - uzbekistan)

For dinner in Uzbekistan, you might have plov, which is rice, meat carrots and onions.

(from: wikipedia - uzbekistan)

One of the fastest bicycle racers in the world is from Uzbekistan, Djamolidine Abdoujaparov.
djamolidine abdoujaparov
(from: wikipedia - djamolidine abdoujaparov)

Aral sea in Uzbekistan was once the fourth largest sea in the world.
Some people who needed drinking water took it from rivers that came out of that sea, and it drained it almost empty.
aral sea
(from: wikipedia - aral sea)

The city of Bukhara has many wonderful buildings.
bukara
(from: wikipedia - bukhara)


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Monday, January 27, 2014

Malaysia


Maylasia is a small country in Asia that is made up of two peninsulas.

One is just North of Indonesia and the other is just south of Thailand.

malaysia
(from: wikipedia - malaysia)

For dinner in Malaysia you maight have nasi lemak,
which is cookied rice with anchovies, peanuts, egg, lamb curry, vegetables, and sambal tumis.
nasi lemak
(from: wikipedia - nasi lemak)

The Petronas Twin Towers in the city of Kuala Lumpur are the tallest twin towers in the world.
petronas tower
(from: wikipedia - petronas twin towers)

Michelle Yeoh is a famous actress from Malaysia.
michelle yeoh
(from: wikipedia - michelle yeoh)

A special type of dance in Malaysia is called Joget.
joget
(from: wikipedia - Joget)


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Monday, January 20, 2014

Nepal


Nepal is a small country located in the Himalayan mountains, between India and China.

nepal
(from: wikipedia - nepal)

In Nepal you might have some momo to eat, which is a steamed bun, sort of like a donut!
momo
(from: wikipedia - nepal)

If you want to climb one of the mountains in Nepal, you may need to bring a yak!
yak
(from: wikipedia - nepal)

The highest mountain peak in the world is at the top of Mount Everest in Nepal.
mount everest
(from: wikipedia - mount everest)


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Monday, January 13, 2014

Burma


Burma is a country just East of Bangladesh.
It is also called Myanmar.
burma
(from: wikipedia - burma)

Lahpet thohk is a popular meal, it is pickled tea salad!
lahpet thohk
(from: wikipedia - burmese cuisine)

One of the largest types of snakes in the world is a Burmese python, called that because it can be found in Burma.
burmese python
(from: wikipedia - burmese python)

There are some beautiful castles in an area called Mrauk U.
mrauk u
(from: wikipedia - burma)

The saung is a type of Burmese musical instrument, kind of like a harp.
saung
(from: wikipedia - culture of burma)


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