Although the name of this competition says “grappling with the ghost” it is more about grappling with greasy poles. Once a year teams of local lads compete against each other, trying to climb up poles approximately 70 to 80 feet in height, which are coated with a thick layer of beef tallow to make the task as difficult as possible. Each team tries to reach the top first and grab the winner's flag. The competition is staged at Wushi Harbor in Yilan County on the east coast of Taiwan on the last three days of the 7th lunar month (in Taiwan known as “Ghost Month,” a time when lost souls from the netherworld are allowed to come back to the world of the living).

 

Dates: September 3 & 4

Locations: Wushi Harbor, Toucheng Township, Yilan County (宜蘭縣頭城鎮烏石港)