Qiantang River (钱塘江) is the largest river in Zhejiang Province and world-famous for the remarkable natural phenomenon – Qiantang River Tidal Bore (the largest of its kind in the world). Qiantang River is 605 kilometers in length, and passes through Hangzhou Bay (杭州湾) before flowing into the East China Sea (东海). Under the combined effects of the gravitational forces and the rotation of the Earth, the tides rush to the funnel-shaped mouth of Qiantang River from Hangzhou Bay and form the majestic tidal bore.
Renowned as the mighty silver dragon, the Qiantang Rive Tidal Bore is popular with both the locals and tourists. The custom of watching Qiantang River Tidal Bore was formed as early as the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD), and flourished in the Tang and Song Dynasties (618–1279). After two thousand years of development, now it has become a significant annual event. The best time to view the tidal bore is the 18th day of the eighth lunar month (September). At the time, the tidal bore can reach up to several meters high. It thunders like thousands upon thousands of horses and soldiers passing by you. How marvelous is that!
There are three types of tide bore in Qiantang River, returning tidal bore (回头潮), criss-crossed tidal bore (交叉潮) and one-line tidal bore (一线潮).
Returning tidal bore: When high-speed tides meets obstacle in the front, it crashes against the obstacle and bounces back on incoming water, composing a rather marvelous scene.
Criss-crossed tidal bore: This type of tidal bore is rare, and occurs only on the calm water with two tidal bores of different directions intersecting. It's also called south-north tidal bore. One-line tidal bore: Seen from a distance, it’s like a white line. With it getting closer and closer, the white line turns into a crested-wall of water that can be several meters high and around five kilometers wide.
And the 2013 China International Qiantang River Tidal Bore Watching Festival (Xiaoshan) is about to kick off. It lasts from July 17th to October 7th.
Where to go Qiantang River Guanchaocheng (钱塘江观潮城) Address: Zheshan, Nanyang Town, Xiaoshan District, Hangzhou (杭州市萧山区南阳镇赭山) Tel: 86-571-82880583
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