Sydney up 0.7%
Australia's resource-heavy index rose to its highest levels since 2008 as miners cheered China's growth data. Australian stocks are one of the most sensitive to China's economy given that Beijing is Sydney's largest trading partner
Gold miners Endeavor Mining surged 9 percent while Evolution Mining jumped nearly 7 percent as the yellow metal traded near a one-week high.
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Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory climbed 6.3 percent after its second-largest shareholder emerged as the newest bidder in a takeover battle for the dairy firm.
Meanwhile, the Australian dollar traded within sight of its previous four-month high of US$0.9647 after central bank governor Glenn Stevens said a lower currency would boost the economy.
Kospi up 0.6%
Earnings news dominated trade in South Korean markets while exporters also benefited from a stronger Japanese currency. As the yen rises, local exporters receive a competitive advantages in overseas markets.
Memory chip maker LG Display rallied 2.6 percent after reporting a 51 percent rise in annual net profit for the third-quarter while Samsung Engineering fell 3 percent after posting a large quarterly operating loss.
Emerging markets rally
Indian stocks briefly hit a new three-year high at the 20,765 mark, Thailand's benchmark index climbed above 1,480 points to a one-month high and Philippine stocks rose 0.8 percent.
— By CNBC.com's Nyshka Chandran. Follow her on Twitter @NyshkaCNBC