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May 2011 Cruise to Norway and the Norwegian Travel Alphabet

In Destination Guide on 2011/04/28 at 3:48 pm

Not really a linguist, but in order to inspire you to travel, we present a Norwegian alphabet with lots of trivia and fun facts:

A–The Atlantic Road (in Norwegian called Atlanterhavsveien), known as one of the most amazing roadtrips in the world, is a 8.3-kilometer long route linking many coastal towns, which offers an open sea view with chances to spot whales and seals.

B–Biggest oil exporter in the world

Brown cheese, a famous cheese in Norway that has a caramel taste

Bunad, Norway’s traditional costume

C–Christian country

Cheese slicer was invented by a Norwegian called Thor Bjørklundtook

D–Doomsday Vault on the arctic island of Svalbard, a Norwegian government’s project to preserve plants seeds from around the world in case some of them should become extinct

E–Edward Munch, painter of  ‘Scream’

F–Fjords, beautiful narrow inlets of the sea

Freia, a famous chocolate brand

G–Geirange, the fjord of all fjords, so beautiful that it’s on the UNESCO World Heritage list

Glaciers

H–Haako, the crown prince of Norway

I–Ice hotel

J–late June to early August marks the warmest time of the year in Norway

K–Knitted Sweaters make neat souvenirs

L–Legal same sex marriage

Lambs, lots of lambs

M–Musk Oxen, which can be seen in a Norwegian safari park (picture see here)

N–Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony venue

Northern Lights

O–Oslo, the oldest of all Scandinavian capitals

P–Paper clip was invented by Johan Vaaler, a Norwegian

Q–Quote by Henrik Ibsen, a major Norwegian playwright of the late 19th century : “It was then that I began to look into the seams of your doctrine. I wanted only to pick at a single knot; but when I had got that undone, the whole thing raveled out. And then I understood that it was all machine-sewn.”

R–Roald Amundsen, first person to reach the South Pole

S–Salmon, stave churches and skiing

T–The Land of the Midnight Sun

U–UN report in 2009 named Norway to be the best place to live

V–Vikings and Vigelandspark, the largest sculpture park with 212 pieces created entirely by one single artist

W–Wood, Norwegian Wood is a famous international annual music festival. Norwegian Wood is also a best selling novel by Japanese author Haruki Murakami.

X–Predator X, the most fearsome animal ever lived under the sea. Its fossil remains got dug up on Svalbard, a Norwegian island close to the North Pole.

Y–Year 2005 Norway initiated a massive 15 year agenda to increase tourism. The government has turned to architects and designers to concept and build tourist routes and architectural rest stops to enhance the experience of the stunning Norwegian landscape (see amazing pictures of wonderful architectures in fjords here)

Z–Zero emission for the country is what Norway hopes to archive by 2050

Thinking about going to Norway? Concorde Travel is now offering a 12nights in Norway cruise trip, check here!

12 Night Norway Fly Cruise Package

Departure Date: 25May, 2011

Date

Port

Arrive

Depart

May 25

Hong Kong to Amsterdam (Netherlands) by CX flight

Transfer to pier

Depart at 17:00

May 26

At Sea

11:30

14:30

May 27

Hellesylt  (Norway)

Geiranger (Norway)

08:00

11:00

10:00

18:00

May 28

At Sea

May 29

Honningsvag (Norway)

12:00

20:00

May 30

Tromso (Norway)

08:00

17:00

May 31

Leknes – Lofoten Islands (Norway)

08:00

17:00

Jun 01

Trondheim (Norway)

11:00

19:00

Jun 02

Andalsnes (Norway)

08:00

18:00

Jun 03

Bergen (Norway)

08:00

17:00

Jun 04

At Sea

Jun 05

Transfer to airport.

Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Hong Kong by CX flight

Arrive Hong Kong next day

Disembark at 09:00

Category

Rate per person in twin sharing / from HK$

Inside – I1

HK$ 22,900

Outside – E1

HK$ 25,900

Outside – E2

HK$ 27,200

Balcony – B1

HK$ 28,500

Balcony – B3

HK$ 29,900

Plus (per person):
Port charge: HK$1,330   Insurance: HK$133

Airport tax & fuel surcharge: HK$2,220

– Pricing for other categories upon application.

– All above fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Please send your enquiry here.

Theme Park Obsessive: The Theme Park Guy

In Destination Guide, Our Travel Stories on 2011/04/19 at 4:04 pm

For those of us who love theme parks, the thought of quitting our jobs and going on trips to visit every theme park on earth is recurring and daily. Such an amazing dream to have, yet few have ever realized it. You might become jealous if you find a young German man is living this dream.  Since 2007, he’s been visiting theme parks around the world publishing online reviews, posting pictures and videos. His idea is simple:

“My ongoing journey to theme parks around the globe is also a study of diverse cultures and the different responses these playgrounds evoke in them. Japanese are crazy about souvenirs, Americans love roller coasters and Eastern Europeans like to flirt in water parks – there is so much to discover!…My aim is to give you an overview of all theme parks in the world through pictures, text and video, from the ground and from the air, whether they are under construction, up-and-running or half-demolished. “

The Theme Park Guy Picture from Thethemeparkguy.com

This man named Stefan Zwanzger wears a tailor-made roller-coaster-themed hat in bright red so he is hard to miss. You might find him in June when he comes to visit Hong Kong. Check out his website.

Concorde Travel

Here in Concorde Travel, we arrange hotels, private guide and transfer for all visitors visiting Hong Kong. We hold contract rates with many 3-5 stars major hotels and are able to prepare keenly priced arrangements for individuals and groups. Since we are on the theme parks theme, let’s have a look at theme parks in Hong Kong and our relevant tour packages.

  • Hong Kong Disneyland Magic Tour (duration 11 hours):

A world-class, unique family entertainment experience inspired by the original Disneyland in California. The park features some of the best & classic attractions & entertainment from other Disney parks around the world but was made with a hint of Hong Kong and Asian culture. The result is a familiar yet entirely fresh Disney experience. All year round Disneyland arranges special events, celebrating with ‘Disney’s Summer Fun’ from Jun to Aug, ‘Haunted Halloween’ from Sep to Oct and ‘Sparkling Christmas’ from Nov to Jan. Leave the outside world behind and enter a world of yesterday, tomorrow & fantasy.

Inclusive: seat-in coach transfer and one day admission ticket.

Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland

  • Ocean Park tour (duration 8 hours):

Ocean Park is Hong Kong’s premier theme park that offers memorable experiences that combines entertainment and education about conservation. The current park features a diverse selection of world-class marine attractions, thrill rides and shows.

Inclusive: seat-in coach transfer and one day admission ticket.

Ocean Park

Ocean Park

Other tours in Hong Kong:

  • Hong Kong Island Tour (duration 5 hours)- daily operate:

Inclusive: Seat-in coach, visit to the Victoria Peak with one way Peak tram ride, Stanley Market, Aberdeen Fishing Village

  • Symphony of Lights Cruise (duration 1.5 hours)- daily operate:
    At night time, the spectacular Hong Kong’s skyline on both side of the harbor will fire your imagination as the dazzling neon cityscape emerges. The cruise clematises as the Symphony of Lights show brightens up the skyline with spectacular display of lazer beams bouncing off skyscrapers from both sides of the harbor. “A symphony of Lights” has been awarded by Guinness World Records as the world’s “ Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show”.

Inclusive: Seat-in coach, unlimited free drinks on the Junk include cocktails, whisky, gin, beer, soft drinks, house red/ white wine.

  •  Highlight of the Night Tour (duration 5 hours)- daily operate:

Inclusive: Seat-in coach, air-conditioned coach transfer, guided service, open-top bus ride, buffet dinner on Harbour Cruise Bauhinia.

  •  Lantau Island Monastery Tour (duration 6.5hours)-daily operate:

Inclusive: Seat-in coach, one way Nong Ping 360 Cable Car ride and Chinese Vegetarian lunch.

Cheung Chau is a beautiful, fascinating South China Sea island. It is easily reached from Hong Kong’s main business district by high-speed ferry in thirty minutes, or preferably, if it’s a sunny day, by slow ferry that takes one hour. It’s a scenic boat ride, commencing with the spectacular high-rise commercial buildings of the Central business district and then the towering residential blocks which line the harbor foreshores all the way to harbor entrance. The contrast on arrival in the fishing harbor of Cheung Chau is extreme. There are no cars on Cheung Chau and the harbor front and bustling back streets are full of interest.

Hong Kong Island was ceded to Britain under the Treaty of Nanking, but the area was too small to be viable and the original territory stopped at Boundary Street, hence its name. Britain wanted more land on which to farm and build, so in 1898 leased the New Territories from China. This increased the size of the colony by more than 10 times. The Lease was for 99 years and the region became  known as the “New Territories”. The region consisted of Lantau Island (the biggest of the group), Lamma Island, Cheung Chau Island, Tsing Yi and numerous smaller islands. A large piece of flat land which finished at the Shenzhen River, formed most of the new boundary between Hong Kong and China. This is a tour of Hong Kong’s countryside, the rural and the traditional. Visit the Yuen Yuen Institute, Tai Mo Shan , Hong Kong’s tallest mountain and stop at Luen Wo Market to enjoy the atmosphere of this traditional community.  Continue along the border with mainland China to Luk King, passing through the Plover Cove Country Park to Sam Mun Tsai fishing village to see how local fisherfolk breed fish in submerged cages.

  •  Heritage Tour (Morning Tour):

When most visitors think of Hong Kong, Heritage is not a word that springs to mind. Although most are aware of the long history of the ex British Colony, they see it as being all sky-scrapers and banks. Perhaps surprisingly, there is still quite a bit of heritage left in Hong Kong; from temples and fishing villages, to ancestral halls and old defensive walled villages. An English speaking guide (other languages are available on request) will meet you in the lobby of your hotel.

  • A week with the YHA (Youth Hostels Association) including Hiking (7 days):
    A surprisingly inexpensive option. The superbly situated hostel is high on Mount Davis, overlooking the entrance to Hong Kong’s spectacular harbor. The nightly fireworks display at Hong Kong’s Disneyland can be seen in the distance, far across the island studded South China Sea. This tour package also includes a Hong Kong Island day tour, a climb up the Dragon’s back, visits to Shek O, Big Wave Bay and Sai Kung Country Park. An entire day spent on Lantau Island plus a day excursion to Macau.
  •  Macau Excursion (duration 10 hours)- daily operate:

Inclusive: Seat-in coach, lunch and round trip ferry tickets to Macau.

There are many more Hong Kong tour packages that we provide. For inquiries,  please kindly visit our website and feel free to send us an email.

Destination Guide: Hong Kong

In Destination Guide on 2011/04/19 at 2:08 pm

Hong Kong, with its blend of East and West, of Chinese roots and British 150 years of colonial heritage, of ultramodern sophistication and ancient traditions, is one of the most diverse and exciting cities in the world. From the dishes you love to something you’ve never tried. Take a stroll into the green and serene Hong Kong hills. Buy souvenirs and antiquities from street markets or glamorous malls. Leisure and luxury make sightseeing easy with our organised sightseeing.

 Accommodation

In survey after survey, Hong Kong’s hotels frequently top the list of the world’s best accommodation. Whether you’re treated to hand-made chocolates in your room or greeted by a doorman in impeccable white gloves and pillbox hat, the city’s deluxe hotels offer a style and service that is second-to-none. Relax in comfort. Easy to get to and comfortable to stay in, from deluxe to moderately priced, Hong Kong’s hotels offer service with a smile. Even smaller establishments take pride in their ‘family-style’ way. English-speaking front-line hotel staff are full of useful information. And Hong Kong hotels offer a vast array of cuisine’s – from homey hamburgers and pizzas to some of the world’s finest fare.

Compact and cosmopolitan, most Hong Kong hotels are located within easy reach of major attractions and transportation. Shuttle buses can whisk you from airport to hotel in air-conditioned comfort, and the Mass Transit Railway (MTR), linking the city with conveniently located stations, has easy-to- follow English language instruction. Ride the rails on the vintage working tram way system that has run from one end of Hong Kong to the other since 1904. A superb network of air-conditioned buses can take you to all corners of the Territories, and regular ferries run between all major islands.

Transport


Travel in style on transportation from another era. The Star Ferry (which celebrated its 100th birthday in 1998); the Street Tram (inaugurated in 1904); and the Peak Tram (the oldest form of mechanised transport in Hong Kong, at 110 years) are still used widely by locals and tourists alike. Easily accessible, Victoria Peak, via the Peak Tram, is the most popular attraction in Hong Kong. Stanley Market, on the south side of Hong Kong Island, is another favourite with visitors for its lively street market atmosphere and scenic setting. For long-staying visitors, an “Octopus” stored-value card will be useful. It allows you to travel on the MTR, KCR, Light Rail, some outlying ferry services, cross-harbour and city buses, and the Airport Express. Like most major cities, though, it’s best to avoid rush hours (8am-10am and 5pm-7pm) if possible.

Chinese Extravaganza

The capital of Chinese cuisine, lovers of authentic Oriental cooking need look no further. Cantonese, the local style, is known for its fresh flavours and quick frying. Steamed fish and barbecued meats are also popular dishes. From China’s provinces the tastes are rich and varied. You can have the most succulent Peking duck served with spring onion and plum sauce on a wafer-thin pancake, or wake your taste buds with some spicy Szechuanese or Hunanese fare.

Familiar Flavours
The City that lives to eat, Hong Kong boasts nearly 8,700 restaurants. Food to tempt your taste buds is never far from hand. From American-style steaks and burgers to authentic Italian fare, SoHo (the area ‘South of Hollywood Road’) and Knutsford Terrace (in Tsim Sha Tsui) has a cluster of cosy yet cosmopolitan restaurants. Lan Kwai Fong, the trendy nightlife area known for its excellent restaurants and bars in Central district, caters for tastes ranging from Californian to Vietnamese. Simply bring your appetite and feast away. Openrice.com is a Hong Kong people’s online directory for eating places and it is frequently visited by lots of locals for restaurant reviews and coupons.

Tea Time

 

An enduring tradition from the colonial era is the charming custom of afternoon tea. At the city’s most prestigious hotels on both sides of the harbour, visitors can take high tea, a tradition steeped in both British and Chinese cultures. Enjoy a pot of fine English tea accompanied by delicacies such as cucumber sandwiches, Windsor cake and home-made scones (with Devonshire cream and jam). Tea sets withlocal flavors can be found in most cha chang tang(they are everywhere, ask any local on the street, they’ll point you to one), while traditional English tea set can be tasted in Peninsular Hotel located on the Kowloon side in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Seafood
For seafood, Hong Kong’s Outlying Islands are a pleasant surprise for most visitors. With relaxed island atmosphere, quiet village ambience, lush greenery and excellent restaurants, of the 260 Outlying Islands, about a half-dozen have ferry service and are accessible to visitors. The main islands are Lantau, Lamma, Cheung Chau and Peng Chau. With a giant bronze Buddha, craggy mountains, quaint villages and seafood restaurants galore, it’s well worth the effort to visit these charming rural retreats. Dim sum (or light snacks) is the quintessential Hong Kong dining experience. During breakfast and lunchtime, restaurants and teahouses offer such tasty snacks as har gau (shrimp dumplings) and shiu mai (minced pork and shrimp in flour casing).

Super Shopping
Second only to dining, Hong Kong’s favourite pasttime is shopping. The City of Life has an unrivalled diversity of shopping destinations – from glitzy malls to lively market stalls.

High style
For international names at bargain prices, head to the many factory outlets and wholesale warehouses. These outlets buy fashion from factories where international brands are made and sell them at bargain prices. Places to look, with European and North American sizing and designs, are Central’s Pedder Building and Li Yuen Streets East and West. Also on Hong Kong Island, there’s Ap Lei Chau. In Kowloon, head for Hung Hom, or Granville Road and Fa Yuen Street for their casual fashions.

Market Magic
When market shopping, prepare to haggle! Visit the Ladies’ Market in Mong Kok for inexpensive style, or Yau Ma Tei’s Temple Street Night Market for anything from goldfish to electronics. Stanley Market on the south side of Hong Kong Island is famous for its Chinese souvenirs. As well as souvenir markets, visitors can enjoy markets dedicated to birds and flowers. Market shopping – it’s all part of the Hong Kong experience.

Stroll through historic streets in search of curios and antiques. Cat Street’s kitsch memorabilia, the fine imported carpets of Wyndham Street, or Hollywood Road’s Chinese and Asian handicrafts and antiques – the choice is endless. Hong Kong may be modern and sophisticated, but its heart is Chinese. For silks, embroidered table linens, ornaments, trinkets, calligraphy, paintings, jewellery boxes, vases, beautiful carvings, Chinese Arts & Crafts (HK) and the Yue Hwa Chinese Products Emporium are department stores dedicated to handicrafts.

 Temples, Festivals and Museums

Hong Kong is a city filled with temples. At seaside dwellings you’ll find Tin Hau temples dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, protectress of fishermen. Two of the city’s most famous are the Man Mo Temple in Western, and the Wong Tai Sin Temple with a large arcade of fortune-tellers (some of whom speak English).

Experience the excitement and wonder of a traditional Chinese festival. Combining ancient religious and festive customs, these colourful, energetic events are celebrated most months in various locations throughout the territory.

Nearly two dozen museums act as chroniclers of Hong Kong’s history, culture and lifestyle. Among the most interesting is the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware. Most museums are free on Wednesdays and several offer 50 per cent discounts on admission fees for seniors aged 60 years and over.

Country Parks

While most people envision Hong Kong as a compact cosmopolitan city of skyscrapers, few realise that the city has a green side. Surprisingly, 40 per cent of its 1,100 square kilometres is protected in country parks. Green oases, Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Park and the Hong Kong Zoological & Botanical Gardens in Central, and Kowloon Park in Tsim Sha Tsui, act as Hong Kong’s ‘green lungs’ and provide a peaceful respite to the bustling, community beyond.

Recommended ‘green’ walks on Hong Kong Island, include Bowen Road – a flat, 2.5-kilometre paved road that is perfect for a relaxing urban walk or convenient jog. On The Peak, There is a leisurely 3.5-kilometre stroll with fantastic views. The walk takes about an hour to complete. Other suggested walks include Cheung Chau Island, Lantau Island and the beautiful Sai Kung peninsula. You can take as much or as little time as you like and buses are always available if you become tired.

Hospital and Hygiene

Most hotels have a medical clinic, with registered nurses. Qualified doctors are on duty at specified hours, and on call 24-hours-a-day for emergency treatment. There are also many government and private hospitals with 24-hour emergency and out-patient departments. Hong Kong’s medical facilities are among the finest in the world, and many of the territory’s registered doctors and dentists were trained or have undergone postgraduate training overseas. Pharmacists, too, are registered; their dispensing hours are usually 9am to 6pm or 8pm. All hotels have lists of recommended medical services; or alternatively, contact your consulate for assistance.

The government-run water supply more than satisfies United Nations World Health Organization standards. Care is necessary only in some rural and island areas where water is still drawn from wells. Bottled water is widely available in hotels, restaurants and convenience stores.

 Safety


Hong Kong is generally considered a very safe city both at night and during the day. As everywhere, however, protect yourself from pickpockets and carry as little cash and as few valuables as possible; travellers’ cheques and credit cards are widely accepted. The Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) has stations and reporting centres throughout the territory. The staff at the HKPF reporting centre in Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon and in Central on Hong Kong Island – at the Star Ferry Concourse, for example – are accustomed to helping visitors.

  • Concorde Travel specializes in tailor made all-inclusive tour packages to make your travel easy and memorable. For information regarding visiting tours in Hong Kong, please kindly visit this link.

WAT another-worldly experience! Cambodia: Compelling Pictures

In Destination Guide, Our Travel Stories on 2011/04/16 at 11:40 pm
Cambodia has always held a unique position in my heart, it represents life long friendships, spirituality and who can ignore the radiant beauty of its people who’s got amazing resilience weathering through stormy pasts? What can be seen in today’s Cambodia are pure gems in human history about surviving and hope. Follow my telescope and let us zoom in to view what it’s like in today’s Cambodia. Tuk tuk drivers chilling outside the coffee shops dotting the French style boulevards , suddenly all swarm in at the sight of you, pressing to ask ‘hello lady/sir, where you going? Need a tuk tuk?’ The experience in Cambodia is phenomenal, you need to push through the common hypes like the very dramatic and ubiquitous Cambodian music videos and the sometimes-you-wish-it-was-less-popular Cambodian karaoke that goes with it, in order to reach the pot of Wats on the other side of the rainbow. But there is a relaxing way to travel in Cambodia, and the option to take a regional tour to better compare and understand Southeast Asian countries’ cultures as a whole.

Take a look at the three Cambodian tours we offer: “Classic Cambodia 5 Days“, “THAILAND – BANGKOK – World Heritage Sites of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia 10 days”,MINERVA – Kingdoms of South East Asia – 20 nights“. All tours include excellent local guides and the finest accommodation and can be tailor made in order to suit your own needs. Request a brochure and send your inquiries here.

We’re pleased to deliver yet another feast to the eyes, all these wonderful compelling pictures below are kindly submitted by world traveler Janine Holzapfel from Germany, a traveler that has earned the writer’s great respect by her attention and care to the poor of the countries she has been. Cambodia is still a developing country that needs its economy strengthened and tourists can help by generous spending and volunteering on this land where giving is everything on its way to heal.

Can you see Cambodias future?

A moment for reflection

A moment for reflection

Its all emcompassing past

Its all emcompassing past

Day and Night

Day and Night

Day and Night

Day and Night

Our company has just received a testimonial from 2 American travelers who had taken  a 24 days trip with us to Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Here in Concorde, we are pleased when our customers are pleased!

Testimonial For Our SE Asia Tour

Send us an inquiry about our specially tailor-made all-inclusive packages or leave us a comment below!

Top 10 Architectures in Hong Kong

In Destination Guide on 2011/04/14 at 6:46 am

Don’t you just hate the news that keeps on reporting who are the top ten richest people on the earth or in your city when you’re just not one of them yet? For a change, Concorde Travel brings you the top 10 of one of the things that we appreciate most in our travel, which is architectures! Since we’re located here in Hong Kong, office in Central, why don’t we start here by introducing you to ten famous buildings in this city so you can get a healthy dose of what it is truly like when East meets West.

Concorde Travel is a travel company in Hong Kong that’s been serving happy customers since the year 1978. We arrange day tours, accommodation, experienced guides and private airport/hotel transfers to make your Hong Kong trip easy and memorable. Please send your inquiries about our specially tailor-made all-inclusive packages  here.

We thank Architecture Designer from Hong Kong, Mr. Platteen Tsang,  who has kindly provided this list and the detailed descriptions.

TOP 10 ARCHITECTURE IN HONG KONG

Hong Kong Architectures

  • Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Headquarter (Central)

It is a reflection of advanced building technology. Inspired by structure of suspension bridges, Lord Norman Foster had cleverly designed this masterpiece so to create some popular and comfortable spaces for the users and the public. The building itself also becomes the icon of Hong Kong and the notes.

  • Bank of China (Central)

Bank of China is also an icon of Hong Kong. Mr. I.M. Pei cleverly used geometric shape to form the envelope of the building and overcame the great challenge of a square-shape floor plan. The building is, in fact, a fusion of ‘feng shui’ and ‘high-tech’ – the building is a mimic of bamboo giving the meaning of gradual growth (節節上升).

bank of china

Bank of China

  • Headquarter’s Block of Central Police station (Central)

Over 100 years old, this piece of architecture is among the very few masterpieces that can help the modern people understand how our ancestors mimicked classical style. The proportion of this building effectively gives people a grand first impression. It is old but its vigor has not been lost.

  • Jardine House (Central)

Not many people realize the extent of creativity that Mr. James Kinoshita injected to this building. Structural openings of the windows are literally circular. Such detail strengthened the envelope of the building, and increased the speed of construction back then. Other magnificent details include: no-podium design for a high rise building, and part pitched roof.

  • Hong Kong Space Museum (Tsim Sha Tsui)

This is one of the best demonstrations of ‘simple form’ – a hemisphere. Consequently, the construction and interior layout are relatively complicated. However, the architect had successfully created a significant image at the harbour-side of Hong Kong. Over 90% of foreign visitors took a photo of this building when they made their trip to Hong Kong.

  • Hong Kong International Airport (Chek Lap Kok)

From the sky, you can see the airport is designed to form the shape of a plane. Inside the airport, the simplicity of roof-column relationship creates comfortable spaces for the users. As a place most people only stay for a short while, Hong Kong International Airport is one of the most memorable among visitors, the reason is the relaxing atmosphere made possible by a massive amount of natural light.

  • Breakthrough Youth Village Camp Site (Shatin)

The camp site is colourful and full of various texture and materials. In between buildings, the architect had created a lot of exciting interlocking spaces, semi interior spaces, covered spaces, etc, all these spaces encourage the users to explore. After staying there for several days, one could become more positive and energetic, and should feel more capable to overcome obstacles of life.

  • Cho Yiu Chuen (Lai King)

The design of Cho Yiu Chuen had integrated well with the natural environment of its location. Residents there could view the sea, and enjoy natural ventilation created by the hill at the back of the estate; therefore, spaces in Cho Yiu Chuen could remain cool even in the Summer. This beautiful estate could be viewed from far side when you travel on road from Kowloon to Tsuen Wan or the west part of New Territories.

  • Clague Garden (Tsuen Wan)

This residential estate is a creative demonstration of a special layout of flats – flats cluster at four corners surrounding a relatively large lightwell in the middle. In between the three buildings, gardens, footpaths and other community facilities were added to enhance the life of residents. I believe very little residential developments nowadays could match the creativity and the extent of care to the people as found in Clague Garden.

  • Peninsula Hotel (Tsim Sha Tsui)

This is a classic, high-brand architecture, simply beautiful. The building had experienced several large scale extensions, however, the details and decorations from its early days remain. The proportion between windows on the stone façades makes a beautiful, visually impressive picture.

We hope you enjoy this post and spend your holiday in Hong Kong to enjoy our cultures, food and amazing outdoor and architectures. Do remember to contact Concorde Travel for tour arrangements in Hong Kong and mainland China!

Fed Up With Cityscapes? We Feed You Island Eye Candies! Fiji Calling

In Destination Guide on 2011/04/14 at 1:35 am

Do you know that our company’s website got a whole new section only for Fiji? Our company’s director Graham LOVES Fiji so much so I invited him to share with you a Top 10 must-do’s while in Fiji, and guess what? He’s so enthusiastic he came up with 21! The following pictures were taken by Graham during his research trip to Fiji. More pictures to be seen here.

1. Stand on your head in the warm crystal clear waters of Fiji.

A quick demonstration

2. Go parasailing over white sandy beaches.

Fiji beach

Fiji beach

3. Buy some Fijian Tapa cloth to decorate when you arrive back home.

Fiji Tapa Cloth

Fiji Tapa Cloth

4. Swing in a hammock knowing that you don’t have a care in the world.

5. Sit on the beach at sunset with your favorite drink in hand and watch the sun go down in paradise.

Fijian Sunset

Fijian Sunset

6. Go beach combing for priceless gifts from the sea.

7. Watch water sculpture as the receding waves wash over your favourite stone.

8. Pretend you are Robinson Crusoe on one of Fiji’s enchanted islands. There is an island to suit all budgets.

9. Consider honeymooning on a romantic South Pacific island. There are some that are just for two!

10. Enjoy an exciting flight in one of Fiji’s remarkable and very casual inter-island aircraft.

11. Find an exotic flower for your hair.

Fiji flora

Fiji flora

12. Join a real South Seas island exploration for a week on board the adventure ship Tui Tai.

13. See the most beautiful children in the world.

Fiji Children

Fiji Children

14. Dance with the locals.

15. Go fire-walking. Really!

16. Get a local hair style while you are on holiday.

17. Try some exotic Fijian dishes.

18. Stand with one foot in today and the other in yesterday where the International Date Line crosses a Fijian island.

19. Go shopping at the first shop to open in the world each day.

20. Have a fish hook removed from your finger or don’t go fishing.

21. Get yourself a genuine South Sea Islands tattoo.

Graham said,

‘since the 1960’s I have been visiting the beautiful South Pacific islands of Fiji. Recollections of towering coconut palms, white sand beaches and turquoise waters predominate but really it’s the people, the wonderful Fijians, I remember most‘.

Fiji Kid

So, Wuzzup?

fiji fisherman

Not Much, Just Chilling 🙂

What are the other things you’d like to hear about Fiji? From now on, readers can leave a comment and tell us what you’d like to read in our contents and we’ll write about it. Tell us your dream destinations!

  • Concorde Travel has many tours for Fiji Islands, please send your inquiries here about our specially tailor-made all-inclusive packages and let us make your travel interesting and relaxing.

Escape to Warm Waters in Fiji!

In 2011 Summer Tours, Destination Guide, Our Travel Stories on 2011/04/13 at 10:33 am

From my past experience of studying in a cold Nordic country, I know the pain you’ve been through every winter and the joy you must have when you can swim and dive into warm waters and get overwhelmed with tears because you are wrapped in the fantastic sunshine in Southeast Asia! What is better than to relax and chill on board, enjoy friends and nice cuisines, and have total freedom to wander off in exotic places when you reach the ports? Join us to cruise this summer, and in the royal way too! Concorde Travel proudly presents four summer Royal Caribbeans International cruise trips that will take you to Sanya, Vietnam, Japan, Shanghai, Taiwan and Korea. Excited? I think so. Set some time off in June and July and pamper yourself on a 4-star-vessel.

Legend of The Seas

Our summer cruises

Not everyone has tasted the sweetness of cruise travel like our company’s cruise specialist Sue Davis did. Here she is happy to tell you a personal story about the glamor and joy for cruise travel:

My favourite cruise destination is without doubt, The Mediterranean – so much choice, so much culture and the ability to have a different experience no matter how many times you visit. My most enjoyable cruise was spent in the French Riviera onboard the superbly splendid Sea Dream. The ship was docked in Monte Carlo and my jet set adventure started when my friend drove me to the port via the casino in his very fast, very black TVR. That was the start of a wonderful week of luxury – personal but unobtrusive service, beautifully appointed cabins, excellent dining, and as much champagne as I could drink. I hope they’ll invite me back again soon.”


So, a room with a view is nice, but what if the view is the timelessly gorgeous beauty of the Mediterranean? Imagine yourself self-willingly climb out of bed in early morning just to capture the first sunbeam shone on it. Imagine holding a finished absorbing novel on the deck as the sun sets or simply holding hands :). Everything is possible!

Pool

  • For inquiries about 2011 summer cruise tours, get in touch with Sue here.
  • Concorde Travel provides cruise tour packages to different oceans, please visit our ‘Oceans of   Choice‘ page for more cruising options.
  • Send inquiry for your next travel here
  • Coming up next week, we will post an article about cruising in ANTARCTICA! Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog to make sure you get it. Very exciting Aurora Expeditions that are adventure focused, offered by one of the oldest Antarctica operators and they offer DIVING, kayaking and mountain climbing IN ANTARCTICA. Incredible!!

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