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The Outdoor Type Guide | Mongolia

Mongolia

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Mongolia conjures images of sword wielding horsemen sweeping across vast open plains in days of old. For the most part very little has changed. The capital of Ulaanbataar is the most industrial area in this immense country, but for lovers of the outdoors it is not difficult (or expensive) to escape to the wild, and that is something Mongolia has in spades.

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The Outdoor Type Guide | Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Overview

When you visit Hong Kong for the first time you will notice that it offers you so much. You will either love it or loath it. Everywhere that you look in Hong Kong you will see a contrast of night and day, black and white – there is no in-between: The juxtaposition of designer shops & budget street stalls, high rise financial buildings & derelict residential buildings, fishing boats & luxury cruisers, tai tai’s & domestic helpers – the list is endless.

If you love to spend money, come to Hong Kong. Whether you are on a shoe-string budget, or have so much money that you don’t know what to do with it: Hong Kong is the place for you. From street markets to over-the-top designer shops, there is everything to tickle your fancy. And you don’t have to look far. Every building is almost guaranteed to have a shop at ground level at least, if not the first few floors. Shopping malls are around every corner and cheap stalls down every other lane. In fact, you’ll be hard pressed to go anywhere in Hong Kong where there aren’t any shops.

If you love to work, come to Hong Kong. Business hours? You can work as long as you want, or have to. Although the working week is stated as the traditional 40 hours per week – expect to see this only on a piece of paper handed to you when you go in for an interview. In Hong Kong you will hear more about EQ (or EI) than IQ in the workplace. This is your emotional intelligence – something which must be high to cope with the long working hours. There are four key areas to emotional intelligence using the ability-based model that must be applied to yourself, to your peers and to groups of people. These are perceiving emotions, using emotions, understanding emotions, and managing emotions. Everyone is stressed out at their workplace in Hong Kong, and without a high EQ you will find yourself at the lower end of the ladder.

If you love people, come to Hong Kong! Hong Kong is jam packed with people. High rises are everywhere you look and you most likely will have at least one friend who lives on the 60th floor, with a balcony. With a population of over 7 million crammed into an area of 1,104km2, this makes Hong Kong the 4th most densely populated area in the World. With that comes pollution, and lots of it. This is perhaps one of the major downfalls of Hong Kong. With approximately 47% coming from China and 53% of air pollution produced locally, you are often hard-pressed to see a blue sky through the pea-soup air. In fact, on occasion you may not even be able to see across the World famous Victoria Harbour, even though it is less than a km wide.

If you love the outdoors, come to Hong Kong. Practically anywhere you live in Hong Kong, you can step out your door and find a hiking trail leading off into the 415.82km2 of country parks and special areas. All parts of Hong Kong feature countryside trails which are clearly signposted making it easy for you to enjoy the 75% of Hong Kong which is not skyscrapers and residential buildings. The four main hiking trails in Hong Kong include The MacLehose Trail which is 100km long, Lantau Trail at 70km long, Hong Kong Trail at 50km long and Wilson Trail which is 78km long. Hiking is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Hong Kong, however you may also try your hand at swimming, canoeing, mountain bike riding, camping, golf or one of the many more activities available to do in Hong Kong.

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The Outdoor Type Guide | China

China

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China is an outstanding and amazing country. The country, is home to mighty rivers, vast mountain ranges and huge deserts. Just a few places that highlight the natural beauty of China are the karsts of Guilin, the mountains and lakes of Jiuzhaigou, the vast Gobi desert, and the mighty Yangze River. The natural beauty of China is available for anyone willing to venture beyond the cities.

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The Outdoor Type Guide | Singapore

Singapore

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Singapore is many things - it is at the crossroads of Asia, and it perhaps the most westernised as well. It is a small country, known by tourists and travellers for it clean streets, its shopping and its nightlife. The hard working locals can be seen out jogging and keeping themselves fit at night.

Get out of the centre of the city and you’ll discover that there is much to love for an outdoor type. Small tracts of forest, reservoirs, gardens, zoos, as well as islands that offer camping, kayaking and mountain biking are all there for exploring.

 

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The Outdoor Type Guide | Japan

Japan

Overview

Japan is a country full of contrast. With its Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, kabuki theatre, and geisha, this East Asian nation embraces a rich cultural heritage yet is at the forefront of technological innovation led by modern day 'samurai' such as Sony and Toyota. With the Greater Tokyo Area being the largest metro population in the world, Japan is a highly urbanized nation. Yet its rural regions still offer a wealth of possibilities for outdoor types.

The land of the rising sun is an archipelago consisting of more than 3000 islands, stretching 3300 kilometres from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south. With so much coastline there is ample opportunity to pursue marine activities such as surfing, kite-boarding, windsurfing, sailing, scuba-diving, snorkeling and fishing.

There are four main islands in Japan - the main island of Honshu, the small island of Shikoku to the immediate south, the larger island of Kyushu to the south-west and the northern island of Hokkaido. The landscape is dominated by mountains which cover almost three-quarters of the total land area. This abundance of mountainous terrain lends itself to great hiking and mountain-biking in the warmer months and excellent skiing and snowboarding during winter.

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The Outdoor Type Guide | Australia

Australia

Overview

To state the obvious, Australia is a big place. Flying over the country puts the country into perspective - coastal cities and vegetation surrounds an arid inland.

The country offers great surfing, amazing diving, whitewater rafting, hiking in all sorts of terrain, and skiing during the winter months.

Allow for the distances you need to travel and you can have an amazing experience in Australia.

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