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I’m John Saboe, your host and publisher of Far East Adventure Travel and I’m excited to be bringing you many years of podcasts featuring my favourite places in the world. Podcasts are available on iTunes.

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Far East Adventure Travel Video podcast offers images, video and stories of the amazing experiences to be enjoyed in Asia and I hope they'll inspire you to visit some of my favourite places on the planet.

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Japan Blog Posts

Imperial Palace-Sanctuary In The Heart Of Tokyo – Far East Adventure Travel
Tokyo is the convenience capital of the world. It's so easy to get something to eat, shop for exactly what[...]
Tsukiji Market’s Tuna Auction-Tokyo’s Hot Ticket
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World’s Greatest Fish Auction-Tsukiji Fish Market-Tokyo, Japan
Tsukiji Market-Tokyo, Japan. Home to the world famous tuna auction where wholesalers bid on blue fin tuna worth tens of[...]

Nepal Blog Posts

Earthquake Diaries From Nepal-Part III-Visiting The Heritage Sites
My Earthquake Diaries Nepal documentary series continues with part 2 and a “cry for tourism”. This episode follows my first[...]
Upper Mustang, Nepal The Horseman – Far East Adventure Travel
The Upper Mustang region is one of the most fascinating treks in Nepal. I have had the privilege of traveling[...]
Bagmati River-Kathmandu, Nepal
The Bagmati River is located in Nepal's Kathmandu Valley. It separates the ancient former kingdoms of Patan and Kathmandu. Considered[...]

Cambodia Blog Posts

Siem Reap-Angkor Wat Travel Advice Video Series – Far East Adventure Travel
This series of talks will discuss the town of Siem Reap, Cambodia and it's close by world-famous Angkor Wat ruins.[...]
Angkor, Cambodia’s Movie Star Temple-Ta Prohm
It was founded by the great Khmer King Jayavarman Vll in the late 12th century. It is one of the[...]
World’s Greatest Religious Monument-Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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Taiwan Blog Posts

Cinemascope Edition-Atmospheric Hot Springs Village-Beitou-Taipei, Taiwan
Beitou District is a short 20 minute MRT ride from Taipei, Taiwan but it feels like your in another world.[...]
Gods, Rockets, And Warriors-Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival, Taiwan Part 2
We get the signal, they're ready to go. The men at the front of the palanquins quickly turn their backs[...]
Taiwan’s World Famous Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival
The Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is one of the most popular Lunar New Year Celebrations in Taiwan. People will travel[...]

India Blog Posts

“The Toy Train” Darjeeling’s World Treasure
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India, A Foreigner’s Perspective – Far East Adventure Travel
A foreigner's perspective while visiting India is complicated with many layers. I'm often asked what it's like to travel there.[...]
Mumbai, India-Travel Tips To Get The Most Out Of The “Maximum City” Part I
Thanks so much for listening and subscribing to the podcast. Mumbai is one of my favorite cities to visit in[...]

A Pyrotechnic War Zone

The Beehive Fireworks Festival Yanshui, Taiwan

February 17, 2014 By John Saboe

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I had heard about the Beehive Fireworks Festival from some of my Taiwanese friends. It is one of the biggest events on the island that helps bring to an end The Lunar New Year festivities. The other one is the world famous Sky Lantern Festival held in Pingxi, Northern Taiwan. Having seen both now I would describe them as the complete polar opposites of each other. The Sky Lantern Festival, although crowded, is a ballet in the sky. The sky lanterns glowing and dancing as they fly away with the dreams of the releasers written on their four sides.

The Beehive Fireworks Festival held in Yanshui, Taiwan could be described as a war zone with no enemy. Hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions of firecrackers and or bottle rockets lit simultaneously. It’s called the “beehive” because when the firecrackers(rockets) are lit they stream out like bees leaving their hive. Wildly flying off in all directions. Spectators geared up with motorbike helmets, towels draped over the necks and heavy coats. Some wearing an extra pair of pants. It’s dangerous in the war zone of firecrackers.

I’m not exaggerating. I ignored advice from my friends and decided not to gear up. I thought if I was far enough away from the “beehive” I wouldn’t need any protection. I was lucky. That mistake could have cost me an eye, ear, or possibly even a finger. I was, I thought, far enough away from the action. But the force of the blast is so powerful firecrackers fly for hundreds of meters. I was in the street when the center of the beehive was about 200 meters away. Once I saw the firecrackers flying and heard them whizzing past me I ran for shelter.

I met a teacher from Tainan earlier in the evening who was showing me around the area. He was supposed to wait for me in this shelter. He too had no protection. But he was nowhere to be found. Missing in action. I think he was really scared. I hardly blame him. He took off never to be found.

The festival started in 1885. According to the official website for the event there was a cholera epidemic sweeping through Yanshui with little in the way of medicine to help. Locals prayed to the god of war Gaun Di for assistance. With the Gods help and the faithful lighting firecrackers throughout the streets the plague was wiped out overnight. The ritual has taken place ever since.

The video I hope captures some of the spirit of the evening. I know it helps me recall some pretty scary moments. If you see me there next year I’ll be the one dressed as a medieval knight.

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A stop on the rugged north coast of Taiwan while cycling the island. Taiwan is a cycling paradise!

Reviews

John's a former radio announcer so the audio on these is great - smooth pipes! The content is great if you're into traveling to exotic places, exploring other cultures, delving into your spiritual side and getting far off the beaten track. John climbs mountains, treks to far out places, explores rat palaces, caves, monkeys, gibbons, tigers, camel safaris and disappearing cultures. Highly recommended!

- Mark Bossert

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John's podcasts are both fascinating and entertaining. Having travelled to India, Nepal, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan and Taiwan amongst others, his insights are based on first hand personal experience. I would advise anyone travelling to the far east to check these out first.

- Jergig

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