壯觀的多佛白崖

多佛白崖是沿英國南部海岸線上的一個白色崖壁,位於英法兩國間的英吉利海峽上最峽窄的一處,橫過海峽便到達法國北部的加萊小鎮。由於鄰近歐洲,多佛多年來都是英國一個很重要及繁忙的港口,遊客更可從此處乘搭輪船前往法國。
白崖開放給行山人士,順著崖壁的蜿蜒小徑慢慢步行上白崖山頂,沿途景觀十分怡人,乘著海風一邊步行非常舒適。在天氣晴朗、視野最佳的時候,更可看見法國陸地。如此漂亮的地方,難怪英國人常在這裡度過週末。
白崖是由一種極細而純的粉狀灰岩組成,質地並不堅固。隨著海浪和風雨不斷侵蝕,白崖某些段落會有石塊坍塌。但請放心,只要沿路遵照指示步行,這裡仍是十分安全的。



White Cliffs in England

The White Cliffs of Dover form part of the southern English coastline, facing the narrowest part of English Channel and across to the town of Calais in northern France. Dover itself is an ancient but still-important English port. Tourists can enjoy a relaxed ferry crossing between England and France from here.
This is a good place for hiking. The route is easy and the views are nice. When the weather is clear, you can see France from the cliff tops. English people sometimes come to spend the weekend with their family here.
The cliffs are white because they are chalk, which is soft and fine. With continuous erosion, there can be rock falls in some places. But rest assured, as long as you follow the instructions posted along the trail, it’s still safe to go.
     
— Wallis Lai, Marketing Executive of Cathay Holidays Limited 

壯觀的多佛白崖

多佛白崖是沿英國南部海岸線上的一個白色崖壁,位於英法兩國間的英吉利海峽上最峽窄的一處,橫過海峽便到達法國北部的加萊小鎮。由於鄰近歐洲,多佛多年來都是英國一個很重要及繁忙的港口,遊客更可從此處乘搭輪船前往法國。

白崖開放給行山人士,順著崖壁的蜿蜒小徑慢慢步行上白崖山頂,沿途景觀十分怡人,乘著海風一邊步行非常舒適。在天氣晴朗、視野最佳的時候,更可看見法國陸地。如此漂亮的地方,難怪英國人常在這裡度過週末。

白崖是由一種極細而純的粉狀灰岩組成,質地並不堅固。隨著海浪和風雨不斷侵蝕,白崖某些段落會有石塊坍塌。但請放心,只要沿路遵照指示步行,這裡仍是十分安全的。

White Cliffs in England

The White Cliffs of Dover form part of the southern English coastline, facing the narrowest part of English Channel and across to the town of Calais in northern France. Dover itself is an ancient but still-important English port. Tourists can enjoy a relaxed ferry crossing between England and France from here.

This is a good place for hiking. The route is easy and the views are nice. When the weather is clear, you can see France from the cliff tops. English people sometimes come to spend the weekend with their family here.

The cliffs are white because they are chalk, which is soft and fine. With continuous erosion, there can be rock falls in some places. But rest assured, as long as you follow the instructions posted along the trail, it’s still safe to go.

     

— Wallis Lai, Marketing Executive of Cathay Holidays Limited 

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Award-winning former National Geographic Channel photographer Ron Yue’s images appear regularly in major electronic and printed media around the world. In October he will lead a Cathay Holidays photography tour to Beijing. Here’s an introduction to the tour from Ron himself.

 

去年我為香港賽馬會舉辦了一次北京攝影之旅,同行的旅客都非常喜愛這個行程,因此,我十分期待今年十月可與國泰假期再舉辦一次同類型的攝影旅程。 

I was very pleased with a similar trip made last year for the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it, so I have high hopes for the October tour.

這次我選擇的拍攝地點並非北京的著名旅遊點,因為我希望旅客能夠避開人群,於更平靜、廣闊的空間專注拍攝及感受身邊的一事一物。

Aside from the major tourist spots, it is not so obvious where to go to take photographs in Beijing. I describe my trips as photographic learning experiences, so I tend to avoid crowds and the normal tourist areas. The areas we visit are more peaceful and intimate, allowing you room to work on your photography or just enjoy the surroundings.

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透過Ron的鏡頭看到北京的不同面貌

Some shots of Ron, showing the different face of Beijing

 

你不需要一定具備高級的單鏡反光相機,因為這次行程主要目的是改善你的攝影技巧,而不是去講究任何攝影器材。你只需一部可人手控制拍攝設定的相機,讓你於拍攝時發揮創意,便可拍出大量美麗的照片。我會推薦大家帶備有良好對焦值的prosumer相機或入門級的單鏡反光相機 - 約24mm-200mm全片幅感應及約16mm-200mm截幅感應。謹記攝影最重要的是學習如何觀賞事物,沒有一部相機比你的雙眼更重要。

You won’t need a top-end digital SLR camera and lenses. The point is to improve your photography skills, not to worry about your camera gear which is only a tool. You can do a tremendous amount of photography with a basic set up. That said, you do want a camera with some manual controls, so you can be more creative; therefore, you should have at least a “pro-sumer” camera or entry level D-SLR and lenses with a reasonable zoom range (approx. 24mm-200mm for full frame sensors and from about 16mm-200mm for cropped frame sensors). Much of photography is learning to see, and no camera is a substitute for your own eyes.

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Ron不但會分享基本的攝影技巧,更會啟發同行者以特別角度拍攝美景

Not only basic photography knowledge, Ron will also inspire guest to take photo with angle

 

參加這個行程並不需要有高層次的攝影知識,因為我會從初學者的角度教授基本的攝影概念。只有數天的旅程,當然不足夠我們講及所有的拍攝知識,我會集中分享一些拍攝的竅門,讓旅客可短時間內改善他們的攝影觸覺,從而希望他們往後繼續享受攝影的樂趣,說不定更可以在日後其他攝影之旅再與我碰面。 

A good level of photography knowledge is not required. I will teach some concepts starting from a novice level to help those with limited knowledge of photography. Of course, given the length of the trip, we cannot possibly cover everything there is to know. I will introduce the most critical concepts that will provide the fastest way to improve your photography in a broad sense and will give you the framework to build upon later, whether you study more yourself or perhaps even join another trip with me in the future.

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喀什米爾的發現
印度,一個又熱又乾,塵埃飛揚的地方。最近到訪喀什米爾,卻改變了我這個印象。位於喀什米爾首府斯利那加的達爾湖,令我眼前一亮,它是喀什米爾其中一個最美麗的湖泊,而最令我驚訝的,是圍繞著它的竟是一座又一座的雪山。我們選擇了在湖上的船屋留宿,幾乎每個遊客來到這裡都會住在這個特別住宿。
特別推介你早一點起床,到船屋上欣賞日出。清晨的達爾湖雖然有點寒冷,但卻是特別寧靜、空氣清新。你可靜靜聽著小鳥唱歌,遠眺連綿不斷的山巒,放鬆身心享受其中,讓日出把身體慢慢温暖過來,展開新一天的旅程。
如此不同的印度景色,必定令你畢生難忘。
 
Kashmir Awakening
India, a hot and dry country, the famous land of “Heat and Dust”. This common impression certainly changed when I came to visit Kashmir recently. Dal Lake in Srinagar is one of the most picturesque lakes in Kashmir, and I was surprised to find it surrounded by snowy mountains. We stayed in one of many lovely houseboats afloat upon on Dal Lake. These are very popular among tourists. 
I can really recommend that you get up early to see the sunrise. The lake is calm, the air is fresh, and quite cool in the morning. You can listen to the birds singing and take in the panoramic view of the mountain ranges. Just relax and allow the sunrise to gradually warm your body at the break of a beautiful day. 

You will never forget this breathtaking moment.
 
— Wallis Lai, Marketing Executive of Cathay Holidays Limited 

喀什米爾的發現

印度,一個又熱又乾,塵埃飛揚的地方。最近到訪喀什米爾,卻改變了我這個印象。位於喀什米爾首府斯利那加的達爾湖,令我眼前一亮,它是喀什米爾其中一個最美麗的湖泊,而最令我驚訝的,是圍繞著它的竟是一座又一座的雪山。我們選擇了在湖上的船屋留宿,幾乎每個遊客來到這裡都會住在這個特別住宿。

特別推介你早一點起床,到船屋上欣賞日出。清晨的達爾湖雖然有點寒冷,但卻是特別寧靜、空氣清新。你可靜靜聽著小鳥唱歌,遠眺連綿不斷的山巒,放鬆身心享受其中,讓日出把身體慢慢温暖過來,展開新一天的旅程。

如此不同的印度景色,必定令你畢生難忘。

 

Kashmir Awakening

India, a hot and dry country, the famous land of “Heat and Dust”. This common impression certainly changed when I came to visit Kashmir recently. Dal Lake in Srinagar is one of the most picturesque lakes in Kashmir, and I was surprised to find it surrounded by snowy mountains. We stayed in one of many lovely houseboats afloat upon on Dal Lake. These are very popular among tourists.

I can really recommend that you get up early to see the sunrise. The lake is calm, the air is fresh, and quite cool in the morning. You can listen to the birds singing and take in the panoramic view of the mountain ranges. Just relax and allow the sunrise to gradually warm your body at the break of a beautiful day.

You will never forget this breathtaking moment.

 

— Wallis Lai, Marketing Executive of Cathay Holidays Limited 

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: A Great View

This nicely-lit photo of the Great Wall of China is the fourth and final winner of this month’s “Asia World Heritage Sites” photo competition. The photographer is Susanne Hoffman from Germany. “I took this photo from just outside the tourist area,” says Susanne. “You need to walk off and move well away from the crowds to get a better picture, but it’s really worth the extra effort.”
Susanne used a Lumix compact (f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 200) to take her photo. 
If you have any interesting photos of your travels, send them in to us at marketing@cxholidays.com after checking out our Rules of Submission. If yours is selected, we will post it here at Welcome Abroad, and send you a HK$300 Cathay Holidays cash voucher.

For details of how to resize or optimise your photograph before submission, please click here to read our simple FAQ.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: A Great View

This nicely-lit photo of the Great Wall of China is the fourth and final winner of this month’s “Asia World Heritage Sites” photo competition. The photographer is Susanne Hoffman from Germany. “I took this photo from just outside the tourist area,” says Susanne. “You need to walk off and move well away from the crowds to get a better picture, but it’s really worth the extra effort.”

Susanne used a Lumix compact (f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 200) to take her photo.

If you have any interesting photos of your travels, send them in to us at marketing@cxholidays.com after checking out our Rules of Submission. If yours is selected, we will post it here at Welcome Abroad, and send you a HK$300 Cathay Holidays cash voucher.

For details of how to resize or optimise your photograph before submission, please click here to read our simple FAQ.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: A Golden View

This photo of Kinkaku-ji, or the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, in Kyoto is the third winner in this month’s “Asia World Heritage Sites” photo competition. The photographer is Sharina Shima from Tokyo. This is an easy subject, really,” says Sharina. “It’s almost impossible to take a bad photo of Kinkaku-ji – it’s such a beautiful building, in such a lovely setting.”
Sharina used a Nikon Coolpix (f/8., 1/160 sec, ISO 100) to take her photo. 
There’s still one more slot to fill for this month’s photo competition, so if you have any photos of your own featuring World Heritage Sites in Asia, send them in to us at marketing@cxholidays.com after checking out our Rules of Submission. If yours is selected, we will post it here at Welcome Abroad, and send you a HK$300 Cathay Holidays cash voucher.

For details of how to resize or optimise your photograph before submission, please click here to read our simple FAQ.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: A Golden View

This photo of Kinkaku-ji, or the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, in Kyoto is the third winner in this month’s “Asia World Heritage Sites” photo competition. The photographer is Sharina Shima from Tokyo. This is an easy subject, really,” says Sharina. “It’s almost impossible to take a bad photo of Kinkaku-ji – it’s such a beautiful building, in such a lovely setting.”

Sharina used a Nikon Coolpix (f/8., 1/160 sec, ISO 100) to take her photo.

There’s still one more slot to fill for this month’s photo competition, so if you have any photos of your own featuring World Heritage Sites in Asia, send them in to us at marketing@cxholidays.com after checking out our Rules of Submission. If yours is selected, we will post it here at Welcome Abroad, and send you a HK$300 Cathay Holidays cash voucher.

For details of how to resize or optimise your photograph before submission, please click here to read our simple FAQ.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: An Indian Icon

The second of our “Asia World Heritage Sites” photo competition winners is Kate Vaughan from Wales, who sent us this photo of the Taj Mahal. “This was my first trip to India, and I had wanted to see the Taj Mahal ever since I was a little girl,” writes Kate. “It’s much smaller in real life than you think it’s going to be, but somehow still even more impressive. I could have just sat and gazed at it all day long.” 
Kate used a Canon G11 (f/4., 1/160 sec, ISO 200) to take her photo. 
If you have any photos of your own featuring World Heritage Sites in Asia, send them in to us at marketing@cxholidays.com after checking out our Rules of Submission. If your photo is selected, will we post it here at Welcome Abroad, and send you a HK$300 Cathay Holidays cash voucher.
For details of how to resize or optimise your photograph before submission, please click here to read our simple FAQ.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: An Indian Icon

The second of our “Asia World Heritage Sites” photo competition winners is Kate Vaughan from Wales, who sent us this photo of the Taj Mahal. “This was my first trip to India, and I had wanted to see the Taj Mahal ever since I was a little girl,” writes Kate. “It’s much smaller in real life than you think it’s going to be, but somehow still even more impressive. I could have just sat and gazed at it all day long.”

Kate used a Canon G11 (f/4., 1/160 sec, ISO 200) to take her photo.

If you have any photos of your own featuring World Heritage Sites in Asia, send them in to us at marketing@cxholidays.com after checking out our Rules of Submission. If your photo is selected, will we post it here at Welcome Abroad, and send you a HK$300 Cathay Holidays cash voucher.

For details of how to resize or optimise your photograph before submission, please click here to read our simple FAQ.

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Cathay Pacific Holidays held a special event last Thursday, June 6, at the W Hotel Hong Kong to launch the new CX Holidays Signature portfolio of deluxe and bespoke travel experiences. Among those assembled for this glittering occasion were radio personality and entertainer Jan Lamb, Cathay Pacific wine consultant and wine-tour leader Roy Moorfield and former National Geographic Channel photographer Ron Yue.

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The Hong Kong media turned out in force for the event, and were given the opportunity to try Cathay’s comfortable new Premium Economy seats, to sample some of the fine wines available in Cathay Pacific First Class cabins, and to familiarise themselves with some of the exciting tours that will be available from the CX Holidays Signature collection over the coming months. 

We will be mentioning more about these, and about Roy and Ron, and their CX Holidays Signature tours in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

You can explore what CX Holidays Signature currently has on offer by clicking here.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Bridge with the Past

The first winner of our new “Asia World Heritage Sites” photo competition is Sara Sum, who sent in this photo of the centuries-old Japanese Bridge in Hoi An, in central Vietnam. “I visited Hoi An on a recent day-trip from Da Nang,” writes Sara, “and although there are so many beautiful sights to see, this lovely old bridge really captured my imagination most of all. I wonder how many people must have crossed it over the past few hundred years. A million maybe?”
Sara used a Sony Cyber-shot (f/4., 1/60 sec, ISO 100) to take her photo. 
If you have taken any nice photos of World Heritage Sites in Asia, send them in to us at marketing@cxholidays.com after checking out our Rules of Submission. If yours is the winning entry, will we show it here at Welcome Abroad, and send you a HK$300 Cathay Holidays cash voucher.

For details of how to resize or optimise your photograph before submission, please click here to read our simple FAQ.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Bridge with the Past

The first winner of our new “Asia World Heritage Sites” photo competition is Sara Sum, who sent in this photo of the centuries-old Japanese Bridge in Hoi An, in central Vietnam. “I visited Hoi An on a recent day-trip from Da Nang,” writes Sara, “and although there are so many beautiful sights to see, this lovely old bridge really captured my imagination most of all. I wonder how many people must have crossed it over the past few hundred years. A million maybe?”

Sara used a Sony Cyber-shot (f/4., 1/60 sec, ISO 100) to take her photo.

If you have taken any nice photos of World Heritage Sites in Asia, send them in to us at marketing@cxholidays.com after checking out our Rules of Submission. If yours is the winning entry, will we show it here at Welcome Abroad, and send you a HK$300 Cathay Holidays cash voucher.

For details of how to resize or optimise your photograph before submission, please click here to read our simple FAQ.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Over Hong Kong

The fourth and final winner of this month’s “Cities by the Sea” photo competition is Laurence Lee, from Hong Kong, who took this aerial shot of Victoria Harbour while on a helicopter sightseeing flight. “It was really breath-taking to fly over Hong Kong in a Helicopter,” says Laurence, “but rather expensive. Anyway, it was worth it to see my hometown from so many new and unusual angles.”
Laurence used a Canon PowerShot compact (f/4.5, 1/800 sec, ISO 80) to take this photo. 
The subject for our June photo competition will be “Asia World Heritage Sites”. Please send your entries to marketing@cxholidays.com after checking out our Rules of Submission. If yours is the winning entry, it will be posted here on Welcome Abroad, and we will send you a HK$300 Cathay Holidays cash voucher.
If you are unsure about how to resize or optimise your photograph before submitting it, please click here to read our simple FAQ.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Over Hong Kong

The fourth and final winner of this month’s “Cities by the Sea” photo competition is Laurence Lee, from Hong Kong, who took this aerial shot of Victoria Harbour while on a helicopter sightseeing flight. “It was really breath-taking to fly over Hong Kong in a Helicopter,” says Laurence, “but rather expensive. Anyway, it was worth it to see my hometown from so many new and unusual angles.”

Laurence used a Canon PowerShot compact (f/4.5, 1/800 sec, ISO 80) to take this photo.

The subject for our June photo competition will be “Asia World Heritage Sites”. Please send your entries to marketing@cxholidays.com after checking out our Rules of Submission. If yours is the winning entry, it will be posted here on Welcome Abroad, and we will send you a HK$300 Cathay Holidays cash voucher.

If you are unsure about how to resize or optimise your photograph before submitting it, please click here to read our simple FAQ.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Grand Vision

The third winner of this month’s “Cities by the Sea” photo competition is Toby Tan, from Singapore. “This photo was taken in Monte Carlo just before the beginning of last year’s Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix,” says Toby. “On the right of the picture you can just see the blue grandstand seating near the starting grid, and in the middle are the yachts of the rich and famous, who don’t even need to come ashore to watch the racing action.” 
This year’s Monaco Grand Prix starts tomorrow, May 23. 
Toby used a Canon S90 compact (f/4.5, 1/800 sec, ISO 80) to take this shot. 
To enter this month’s competition, just send your photo to marketing@cxholidays.com after checking out our Rules of Submission. If we choose yours as the winning entry, it will be posted here on Welcome Abroad, and we will send you a HK$300 Cathay Holidays cash voucher.
If you are unsure about how to resize or optimise your photograph before submitting it, please click here to read our simple FAQ.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Grand Vision

The third winner of this month’s “Cities by the Sea” photo competition is Toby Tan, from Singapore. “This photo was taken in Monte Carlo just before the beginning of last year’s Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix,” says Toby. “On the right of the picture you can just see the blue grandstand seating near the starting grid, and in the middle are the yachts of the rich and famous, who don’t even need to come ashore to watch the racing action.”

This year’s Monaco Grand Prix starts tomorrow, May 23.

Toby used a Canon S90 compact (f/4.5, 1/800 sec, ISO 80) to take this shot.

To enter this month’s competition, just send your photo to marketing@cxholidays.com after checking out our Rules of Submission. If we choose yours as the winning entry, it will be posted here on Welcome Abroad, and we will send you a HK$300 Cathay Holidays cash voucher.

If you are unsure about how to resize or optimise your photograph before submitting it, please click here to read our simple FAQ.

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