We are busting the top eight myths about Asia you must have heard before.
People who have never traveled to Asia have a generalized notion about Asia. Eight of the top myths about Asia.
Nobody speaks English.
Most people think that Asian people have zero understanding of English. In countries like Singapore and Hong Kong, English is spoken by all. English is also widely understood in India, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
The truth is, many people love English movies and are highly exposed to American pop culture. In Asian countries, English is also studied and used for official communication. Every country has people from different cultures, tribes, and languages, and they often use English as a communication method as an alternative to their national language.
Malaysia is an Asian country where people speak various languages such as Malay, Chinese, Hindi, Bornean, or English. English is most widely used when it comes to business and more affluent families. Malaysia is the best performer of English in Asia.
2. Everything is cheap
Due to the lack of branding or promotion and an excellent economy of scale, Asian markets are less expensive than western supermarkets. Asian markets usually have a large number of buyers.
According to a market survey, it is proved that Asian shopper buys more grocery than an average western shopper. Therefore, the price gets down due to the increased volume. It is typical for Americans/Europeans to find everything cheaper in the Asian market because of the exchange rate difference.
Asia does have a whole lot of inexpensive stuff, but most of it is of poor quality. Buyers must be aware of the fact that their purchase will not last forever. In outdoor markets, bargaining is a common practice.
It might be a little strange at first, but once you get the hang of it, it is all just a part of the fun. However, in urban malls, prices are displayed, and bargaining is not required.
3. Cost of living is cheap
People think that living in Asia is exceptionally inexpensive. This is partly true. While Asia does have places that require a meager cost of living, some areas are considered some of the most expensive places in the world.
Here are a few cheapest countries to live in in Asia.
|Country||Daily Cost||Monthly Rent|
|Thailand||USD 15||USD 120-150|
|Vietnam||USD 17||USD 120|
|India||USD 18||USD 150|
|Laos||USD 20||USD 200|
|Cambodia||USD 23||USD 120|
|Sri Lanka||USD 25||USD 270|
|Indonesia||USD 26||USD 400|
In a recent survey of the world’s priciest cities, three Asian cities rank in the top ten. Hong Kong is considered the world’s second costliest city to live in.
In Hong Kong, $1 million buys 48 square meters of property. Singapore is at number five, where 1 million buys 39 square meters of real estate.
Shanghai, China, comes at number 8 as it is a city where 1 million buys 20 square meters of property. Other expensive cities in Asia are Beijing, Seoul, and Shenzhen.
4. Fewer people have access to the internet
Many people live with the misconception that Asians are in reverse when it comes to being online. Countries like Vietnam, China, and North Korea have censored the internet, but that does not mean that people do not access it.
According to Internet World Stats, as of 30th June 2015, 47.8 percent of the world’s internet users are from Asia. The percentage of the number of internet users in Asia is 38.8.
This is comparatively lower than the percentage of users in the US, being 87.9. Moreover, Japan and Korea are known to be the countries having the fastest internet speed.
5. It is extremely easy to start a business
Asia is considered a splendid place to start a new business as it has a hugely diverse market with a lot of opportunities to be tapped into. It also has a low production cost and a strong workforce, making manufacturing less of a burden.
New businesses do have numerous chances in Asia, but it is not as easy as people think. In some parts of Asia, where all do not understand English, it is essential to learn the primary language before establishing a business firm.
It is also essential to build up relationships with local people, which needs a lot of time and effort. Local people are the ones to help you with all the paperwork and government documents. If you jump into a business with any contacts, you may be taken advantage of.
In Asia, knowing the right people is very important for a business to work.
6. The Great Wall of China can be seen from space
The Great Wall of China is the longest human-made structure, has been commonly believed to be seen from space. Most of us have been a victim of this rumor, and some still have faith in it.
But, is The Great Wall of China visible from space? The answer is “No.” In a voice recording, the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, stated that he had seen the continents and the lakes but not one human-made entity from the Moon on the Earth.
Furthermore, Yang Liwei, China’s first astronaut who went to outer space, negatively responded to the wall of space’s visibility. Upon landing on the Earth, he denied seeing any signs of The Great Wall from the moon.
7. Asians are poor and uneducated
Some of the Asian countries are developing. Developing countries do have problems of poverty and socioeconomic. However, it is not fair to generalize all Asian countries lack money and education.
About education, Asians are considered the strongest learning performers. Most Asians outperform western students in tests and quizzes. While in the economy, countries like Singapore and Hong Kong and cities like Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, and Shanghai are highly developed.
Asia also has some of the wealthiest people in the world. Here is a list of the top seven.
|Name||Net Worth||Source of wealth|
|La Ka-Shing||USD 31 B||Diversified|
|Lui Che Woo||USD 22 B||Casinos|
|Lee Shau Kee||USD 19.6 B||Diversified|
|Mukesh Ambani||USD 18.6 B||Petrochemicals, oil, and gas|
|Masayoshi||USD 18.4 B||Internet and telecom|
|Tadashi Yanai and family||USD 17.9 B||Retail|
|Gina Rinehart||USD 17.7 B||Mining|
8. You can’t get a good party in Asia
If you believe that Asians don’t know how to make a party happening, you cannot be more wrong. Asia has a reputation for throwing some of the wildest parties. The perks of partying in Asia are that you get cheap beer, tasty food, and crazy people to drink.
If you’re a foreigner, it’s best if you stick with the local people for partying. Local will make you understand more about the party culture and make your night worth remembering.
Patong beach of Thailand, Langkawi Island of Malaysia, Ho Chi Minh of Vietnam are the best place to party in Asia.