After being closed for a long holiday weekend, mainland Chinese shares surged on Tuesday as investors bet on more monetary easing by the government.
The Shanghai Composite closed up 2.5% at 3,961.38 – its highest finish since March 2008.
Transportation, telecom and machinery stocks rose sharply, as investors hoped they would benefit from Beijing’s push toward overseas expansion.
In Japan, the benchmark Nikkei 225 closed up 1.25% at 19,640.54.
Shares in Japan were boosted by expectations that the Federal Reserve may put off raising US interest rates.
Weaker-than-expected US jobs figures released on Friday had boosted stocks on Wall Street on Monday.
The weak jobs data has raised hopes among investors that the US Federal Reserve will push back the timing of any interest rate rise.