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September 7, 2010

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Competitors climb the Ku Peng during the Chiang Ku contest as part of the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival in Toucheng, Taiwan, on Tuesday. Chiang Ku is a contest involving grabbing offerings and flags from a group of tall bamboo towers to pay reverence to wandering souls during the Hungry Ghost Festival. It is believed by some worshipers that the gates of hell are opened during every seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar and dead ancestors return to visit their relatives.

PHOTO: Pichi Chuang/Reuters

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