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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

Visiting Tokyo’s Number One Attraction-Senso-Ji Temple
Senso ji is a Buddhist temple located in the Asakusa District of Tokyo. It is the oldest temple in Tokyo[...]
Tokyo’s First Cherry Blossoms-Hanami Party 2015 – Far East Adventure Travel
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Tokyo, Japan-Electric Town, Shinto Weddings, The Scramble -Eclectic Neighborhoods
It’s called shitamachi, the old town ambience of Tokyo’s past that has survived and in fact flourishes today in the[...]

Nepal Blog Posts

On The Road-Kathmandu, Nepal-Tihar-The Festival of Lights
Tihar is one of my favorite festivals to see in Nepal. Each day of the festival either an animal, a[...]
Trekking The Great Annapurna Circuit, Nepal Part II
It’s a shame that many drive through this part of the circuit for upper Annapurna trekking and stays missing the[...]

Cambodia Blog Posts

World’s Greatest Religious Monument-Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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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 Wat/Siem Reap Travel Advice Video Series-Dining – Far East Adventure Travel
Siem Reap has some of the best dining options in all of Cambodia. In this video I talk about the[...]

Taiwan Blog Posts

Taipei’s Bustling Temples-农历新年-Lunar New Year’s Day
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Matsu’s Explosive Birthday Bash Video – Taipei
Matsu, Goddess Of The Sea Matsu, the goddess of the sea is worshipped all over Taiwan. It’s her birthday and[...]
America In Taiwan-2 Must-See Taipei U.S. Heritage Sites
I find the history and relationships Taiwan has had with nations like the United States and Japan absolutely fascinating. Unfortunately[...]

India Blog Posts

A Hundred Memories, A Simple Image From Kolkata – Far East Adventure Travel
It's amazing how the simplest images we capture while traveling can conjure up a few or even a dozen memories.[...]
The Elephants Of Amber
The first time you approach Amber, in the morning, you're transported to another time. To the Amber India when maharajas[...]
A Hike Above Thousands Of Camels -Pushkar India
While visiting Pushkar India during their annual camel fair I decided to get up early one morning and hike to[...]

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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