The 2015 HengChun Pole Climbing Festival is set to begin from Aug 26th to Aug 28th.
There will be numerous traditional Taiwanese performances throughout the event. Local stars, most notably 王中平 will be kicking off the night and main event with Southern Taiwan’s rock band – Alien Ray.
The HengChun Pole Climbing Tradition has been going on for 132 years. Historically, it is part of a Ghost Month tradition. 32 teams compete to climb up poles up to 10m high covered in oil. Since 2011, the poles have been changed to up to 23 m high.
This video was taken in 2011 at the festival.
Traditionally, a platform is set up on top of 36 poles. Out of the 36 poles, only 32 will be available for teams to climb. The remaining 4 is left for the 好兄弟(“good brothers”, ghosts) to compete. Many public administration entities like Fire Department were invited to compete. Teams also come from private sectors, as well as schools. Recently, foreigner teams have signed up for the challenge.
The festival will take place on August 28th at the plaza of East HengChun Old Gate. The main event (pole climbing) will start at 8:50 PM.