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Santai County

Santai County is located in the southeast of Mianyang City, 57 kilometers from the city center and 153 kilometers from Chengdu, the provincial capital. There are eleven ethnic groups, including Han, Hui, Tibetan and Qiang, live on this area, which is of 2,661 square kilometers. In this hilly area, the whole county goes downwards from north to south. Santai County is a famous historic and cultural city in Sichuan.

Santai County

Santai has a long history for more than 2,200 years since Qi County was established here in 201 B.C. The ancient Santai, which is renowned as "Vital County in Northern Sichuan", enjoyed the equal reputation as Chengdu. The prestigious poet, Du Fu, roamed to Santai in 762 and dwelled here for 20 months. During this period, he created hundreds of immortal poems. This county is rich in cultural relics and scenic sites. Such as the ancient Qi nation ruins in pre-Qin period-Han dynasty tombs aside Qi River; the second largest Taoist temple in Sichun-Yuntai temple; the second largest Du Fu Memorial Hall in Sichuan-Zizhou Du Fu's thatched cottage.

Santai County

Every year, when days fall on May 27 and 28 of lunar calendar, Qijiang Ancient Town locals hold a traditional prayer for rain at the Town God’s Temple, which has lasted for more than thousands of years. Now, this prayer activity has been honorably promoted as provincial intangible cultural heritage. In the past, people marched the Town God through temple fair only to make good wishes for peace and harvest. Nowadays, temple fair consists of more innovated activities, like Sichuan Opera show and water-dragon parade. Porters in red vests lift the sitting statue of the Town God, leading the parade. Groups of lotus boats, Yangge, waist drum, gang, water-dragon and lion dance follow behind. Locals never miss the fascinating participation of acting as peculiar devils from the hell. The magnificent parade-array marches through the ancient street with extraordinary visual impact.