WILD DREAMS

夢想成真

SilkRoad - - EDITOR’S LETTER - Mark Tjhung, Editor 編輯

I REMEMBER SEEING a picture of Samosir Island as a kid. Imagine the magic for a 10-year-old: a lush little isle in the middle of a lake, sitting in the crater of a volcano. It’s the stuff of fantasy and it’s been a bucket list destination for me ever since. So for me, the new Cathay Dragon route to Medan, well, it’s personal.

It’s not just volcanoes, though. Medan is the cultural heart of Sumatra, as well as the gateway to the vast island’s jungles, waterfalls, beaches and diving. In this issue, we explore the best of North Sumatra (p36) and offer some curated itineraries to the region (p42).

We’re also exploring southern Africa this month, as Cathay Pacific launches its new seasonal route to Cape Town on 13 November. South Africa is beautiful, but both Cape Town and Johannesburg are fantastic jumping off points to the wild wonders of Botswana and Namibia. You can read all about them on p58.

And as Clockenflap – Hong Kong’s biggest music and arts festival – returns, we’ve also got a fair bit of music. Read about the rise of Asia’s music festivals (p52), find a Cantopop star to love (p22), then listen to tunes from some of Clockenflap’s top acts in the specially curated playlist onboard Cathay Dragon. My suggestion: Double Nono from Hong Kong’s GDJYB. You won’t be sorry.

記得小時候我曾經看過一幅沙摩西島的照片,試想像它對一名十歲孩子有何等魔力:一個坐落在火山口湖中的鬱蔥小島,景致猶如仙境般吸引。自此這小島便成為我必定要造訪的地方,所以當我得知國泰港龍航空開辦棉蘭新航線,就像獲得一個實現個人夢想的機會。

這裡不僅只有火山而已。棉蘭是蘇門答臘的文化重地,也是通往 廣袤島嶼上的叢林、瀑布、海灘和潛水勝地的門戶。今期我們將探索蘇門答臘北部(第36頁)的最佳景點,並為你策劃遊覽該區的精選行程(第42頁)。

此外,國泰航空也將於11月13日開辦飛往開普敦的季節路線,因此我們今期縱情暢遊非洲南部。南非山明水秀,而開普敦和約翰內斯堡都是前往博茨瓦納和納米比亞觀賞野生奇觀的絕佳起步點。你可以在第58頁閱讀有關詳情。

適逢香港最大型的音樂及藝術節Clockenflap回歸,我們也網羅了不少有關音樂的文章。你可從中了解亞洲音樂節的冒起(第52頁),或尋找喜歡的粵語流行曲歌手(第22頁),然後於國泰港龍航班精心編選的機上音樂選單中,細聽Clockenflap音樂節部分表演者的精采演繹。我特別推薦由香港樂隊雞蛋蒸肉餅演唱的〈Double Nono〉,保證不會讓你失望。

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