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Stunning scenery, clean air and cool weather aren’t the only perks of highland living as it is also associated with other benefits

Living high up in the mountains is the dream of many, especially those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, trading it for peace, tranquility and the chance to be surrounded by nature. Apart from these advantages, it has been said that highland living contributes to a healthier life. One example is that thanks to the fresh air and gorgeous landscape, residents are inspired to get outside and partake in activities such as hiking, jogging or even brisk walking. 

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Walking regularly will keep your heart, lungs and blood circulation in peak performance, as well as lower blood pressure. This simple exercise also works to reduce stress, boost immunity and even treat depression. So, just imagine how calming it would be to walk in nature, breathing the fresh mountain air and taking in the breathtaking scenery all around you.

It is no surprise why the Japanese do this often and they call it “shinrin-yoku” (forest bathing), a preventative healthcare and healing method. Taking leisurely walks in the woods and spending time in nature creates calming neuro-psychological effects, which leads to the reduction of stress, anger, anxiety, depression and insomnia. 

The good news is that you don’t have to go as far as Japan to experience this. Malaysia is home to several elevated spots where you can enjoy nature, such as Genting Highlands, which is just an hour’s drive away from Kuala Lumpur.

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As it sits more than 1,700 metres above sea level atop the Titiwangsa mountain range in Pahang, this famous hill resort enjoys cool weather and clean mountain air all year round. What’s more, due to the abundant avian life in Genting Highlands, bird watching is a popular pastime there throughout the year.

The Rhinoceros Hornbill, Orange-breasted Trogon, Siberian Blue Robin, Asian Glossy Starling, Bushy-crested Hornbill, Long-tailed Sibia, Yellow-vented Bulbul, and more feathered beauties can all be spotted here. Along with these birds, you may also come across primates including Dusky Leaf monkeys, Long-tailed Macaques, and Pig-tailed Macaques.

And, since Tropicana has plans to create a holistic township in Genting Highlands called Tropicana WindCity, all of these advantages will be available in a setting adjacent to sophisticated conveniences surrounded by nature in its purest form.

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