Qintong

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Located in a low-lying area on the juncture of the three cities of Nantong, Yancheng and Taizhou, Qintong is where the Yangtze and Huaihe river systems converge. The massive expanses of water outside the town are dotted by diked fields. The town boasts a Buddhist temple dating back to the Five Dynasties Period (907-960), the Shuiyun Tower and Gushousheng Temple built in the Song Dynasty, and the Sanmao, Dutian and Guandi halls from the Ming Dynasty. It is also well-known for the Qintong Boat Meet Festival, nationally famous folk event. The history of the even can be traced back to 800 years ago when Yue Fei, a gallant general of the Southern Song Dynasty, led his men to fight a heroic battle against the invading Jin army on Qintong Lake. In memory of those that died in the battle, local fishermen poled their boats on the lake on Qingming (Pure Brightness) Festival every year, and this gradually evolved into yearly event.