Thanks to all for the dialog on this topic - very helpful. Our move to China from the US was a bit of a surprise and we had short notice. We'd had all our trips planned for the next 2 years in North America. This opens up new horizons for us - having thought we'd never actually ride in Asia.
I've been to India no less than 18 times for work - always in the cities and cannot agree more - it gets on one's nerves. Had honestly NEVER considered it as a riding destination specifically for that reason but having seen other's ride reports there India is on the list - or perhaps Sri Lanka.
Any experiences or comments regarding Sri Lanka? It's much safer today than even 2-3 years back.