Asia’s best

Me­laka in top 10 of Asian des­ti­na­tions to visit this year.

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EDI­TORS at Lonely Planet have re­leased their list of the best des­ti­na­tions to visit in Asia in 2017, which spot­lights emerg­ing, un­der-the-radar gems like Gansu, China, a prov­ince that lies in north-cen­tral China and is home to an­cient Bud­dhist caves, rain­bow sand­stone peaks, and the end road of the Great Wall of China.

For many read­ers, LP’s best of Asia list will be an en­light­en­ing one, rep­re­sent­ing a cross-sec­tion of des­ti­na­tions through­out Cen­tral, East and South Asia, from Ja­pan, In­dia, Kaza­khstan to Malaysia.

Top­ping the list is Gansu, which has be­come more ac­ces­si­ble in re­cent years thanks to the de­vel­op­ment of high-speed rail lines, a new metro ser­vice in the provin­cial cap­i­tal of Lanzhou, and up­graded high­ways.

The prov­ince is also one of the least pop­u­lated in China, given its re­mote lo­ca­tion and desert land­scape. Some of the re­gion's star at­trac­tions in­clude In­sta­gram-wor­thy rain­bow rocks at Danxia Na­tional Geopark, an oth­er­worldly land­scape where sand­stone peaks are striped in var­i­ous hues of red, orange, yel­low and blues.

In 2015, the Mo­gao Caves, which house an­cient col­lec­tions of Bud­dhist art, un­der­went ma­jor restora­tion ef­forts.

Food lovers may al­ready be ac­quainted with Lanzhou’s sig­na­ture hand-pulled noo­dles, which at­tract hun­gry Chi­nese tourists from around the coun­try. Freshly-pulled noo­dles are most com­monly served in a beef broth with chilli and herbs.

In sec­ond place, edi­tors rec­om­mend vis­it­ing a pair of seaside cities which lie south of Tokyo/Yoko­hama, for its eclec­tic ar­chi­tec­ture, mi­cro­brew­eries and lo­cal cui­sine; and Ka­makura, for its tem­ples, shrines, and surf.

And in third place, edi­tors high­light North­ern Ker­ala, In­dia, which they de­scribe as un­duly un­der­rated. While the beaches of south Ker­ala at­tract ma­jor tourists, the open­ing of a new in­ter­na­tional air­port in Kan­nur will al­low vis­i­tors to dis­cover beaches in the north. In an­tic­i­pa­tion, a string of home­s­tays and re­sorts have been open­ing up in re­cent years.

Here are picks of the best des­ti­na­tions to visit in Asia in 2017:

1. Gansu, China

2. South of Tokyo, Ja­pan

3. North­ern Ker­ala, In­dia

4. Keong Saik Road, Sin­ga­pore

5. As­tana, Kaza­khstan 6.Takayama,Ja­pan

7. Xi’an, China

8. Sri Lanka’s Hill Coun­try

9. Me­laka City, Malaysia

10. Raja Am­pat, In­done­sia

– AFP Re­laxnews

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