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Asia is the largest continent on Earth in terms of both physical area and population. It covers approximately 30% of the world's total surface area and is home to in excess of 4.5 billion people, which is about 60% of the world's total population.
The Pacific Ocean lies to the east of the Asian continent. To the north, you will find the Arctic Ocean and to the south is located the Indian Ocean.
Asia is connected to Europe which creates an area referred to as Eurasia. The division between the two is cultural and political rather than physical, with no obvious geographical or physical separation between the two.
For almost two thousand years up to around 1800 CE, India and China alternated in being the world's largest economies, making both very interesting to other countries around the world in terms of trade.