Steven Crook

Steven Crook

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Educated in the UK, Steven Crook was backpacking through Asia in 1991 when he decided to go to Taiwan. He was running out of money and needed a job but that wasn’t the only reason. At school, his history books had contained just the briefest mention of Taiwan as the place Chiang Kai-shek and his Chinese Nationalist Party had retreated to in 1949 when they lost the Chinese Civil War to Mao Zedong’s Communists. His geography teachers had never talked about the place and nobody he knew had ever been there. The prospect of visiting such an unfamiliar island was tantalising. He wasn’t disappointed; he extended his stay and took up hiking. In 1996, he started writing about the country’s mountains, temples and museums for newspapers and magazines – and he has no intention of stopping.

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Beehive Fireworks Festival

Fireworks and firecrackers are part of the Taiwan soundtrack, but the citizens of Yanshui takes things to an extreme.

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Scorching Han Dan

Learn about the festival which has seen mobsters, mayors and many other volunteers bombarded with fireworks.

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Lions that tame the wind

Steven Crook tells us about the lions that protect areas of Taiwan from blustering winds.

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