The Spectacular and Powerful Qiantang River Tides in China
The Qiantang River in China is renowned for its awe-inspiring tidal bore, a natural phenomenon where the incoming tide forms a massive wave that travels upstream against the river’s current. This remarkable event occurs during the 18th day of the eighth month on the lunar calendar, usually in September or October.
As the tide rushes in from the East China Sea, it can reach incredible heights, often exceeding 9 meters (30 feet) in some locations. Thousands of spectators gather along the riverbanks to witness this breathtaking display of nature’s power. Surfing enthusiasts also take advantage of the surging waves, attempting to ride them for as long as possible.
The Qiantang River tidal bore is not only a stunning natural spectacle but also a cultural tradition in China, attracting people from all over the world to witness the incredible power of nature as it defies the river’s flow.
The Qiantang River is known for having the world’s largest tidal bore, locally known as the “Silver Dragon.” The tides usually reach their peak on the 18th day of the eighth lunar month, falling on Monday this year.
Many injured when guardrail collapsed
A section of the guardrail on the Qiantang river bank in Yanguan Tidal Scenic Area, Jiaxing, Zhejiang was broken due to strong waves, sweeping away and injuring a large number of tourists. The incident occurred at 1:20 pm on October 1st. The tourists were very excited when the first big wave came up. But after the following waves broke the railing, they panicked, and the scene was chaotic..
Some tourists were cut and injured by fragments of the guardrail.
Numerous photographers have documented the well-known Qiantang River tidal bore, including Zhu Feng, who has created a remarkable photo series titled “Century Tide Waters.” He said, “the tidal bore has its own emotions, just like we human beings.”