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International Qiantang River Tidal Bore Watching Festival

  • Celebrated: Sep. 25 to Oct. 4
  • Location: Hangzhou

It has been the tradition for people living by the mouth of the Qiantang River to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival by eating moon cake and watching the tide. The natural wonder has become a popular attraction for visitors as well.

Yanguan Town in Haining, Hangzhou has been regarded as the best place to watch.  The annual International Qiantang River Tidal Bore Watching Festival is held here on 18th day of the eighth lunar month.

When the tide approaches, its mighty surging tidal waves look like ten thousand horses galloping ahead. The height wave can reach up to 8.93 meters. Its earthshaking sound rumbles like muffled thunder. Its force seems to stem from the momentum of an avalanche.

The scene of the Qiantang River is ever changing and its tide height is different. When the tide appears, it looks like a white rainbow rising from a plain. While the tide surges, it seems that there are ten thousand horses galloping ahead with momentum. There also seems to be ten thousand icebergs emerging. If you are interested in it , you can race with the tide by car to see who will win in the final leg. As the tide ebbs away, the tidewater forms a circle. Certainly, if you watch the tide at night, you will come to see another majestic sight.

However, the game remains only for those who know its rules. It is better to watch the tide in the designated areas for the tide may change quickly and sweep the visitors away without notice. Each year, few people die from tide watching, since most of them go beyond the designated tide watching areas.