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SilkRoad - - EDITOR’S LETTER 編者的話 - Mark Tjhung, Editor 編輯

A FRIEND OF

mine has a real love affair with Japan. She’s been to Tokyo a dozen times, Kyoto a few times less, as well as the rugged snowy landscapes of Hokkaido and throughout Kyushu. But when I told her about Cathay Dragon’s new seasonal route to Tokushima, her response surprised me. ‘Oh, Shikoku? I’ve never been there.’

Perhaps it’s telling. The smallest of Japan’s main islands is also its least explored, and that’s certainly not a bad thing. In our cover story, Vanessa Ko discovers Shikoku in all its serene, natural and cultural beauty, and you can read all about it on p34.

To round out the year, we’re also presenting the winners of the Marco Polo Club Members’ Choice Awards, the annual showcase of the finest in Asian travel, as voted by members of Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon’s loyalty programme (p42).

And there’s more: discover the real Ubud (p50), modernising Fuzhou (p56) and the cool side of Frankfurt (p62) , and if you’re still looking for Christmas travel plans, we’ll show you the best places to celebrate across the region (p18).

Happy New Year and safe travels to you all – we’ll see you in 2019.

我有位

朋友真心喜愛日本。她去過東京十多次,京都近十次,還有山巒起伏、白雪靄靄的北海道,更走遍了整個九州。但當我跟她提起國泰港龍航空最近開通季節航線前往德島時,她的回應卻令我大感意外,她說:「四國?我從來沒去過啊。」

或許事實如此。這個日本面積最小的主要列島之一也是最少遊人到訪 的秘境,但這絕不是一件壞事。在今期的封面故事,Vanessa Ko前往四國享受島上的寧靜、自然風光與人文之美。你可以在第34頁閱讀這篇精采文章。

趁著年末,我們為你揭曉本年度馬可孛羅會「會員優選大獎」的得獎名單,由國泰航空及國泰港龍航空的飛行常客計劃會員選出他們心目中的亞洲最佳旅遊品牌(第42頁)。

今期內容豐富多元,我們還會帶你去發掘真正的烏布(第50頁)、現代風貌的福州(第56頁),以及蘊藏型格內涵的法蘭克福(第62頁),如果你還在計劃聖誕節的旅遊行程,不妨參考我們的亞洲地區最佳聖誕去處(第18頁)。

祝大家新年快樂,旅途平安,我們2019年見!

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