QIANTANG TI­DAL BORE

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

If you look at the coastal line of theChi­nese main­land, you will find the shape of a horn at Hangzhou Bay, where the Qiantang River en­ters the East China Sea. It’s here that one will find the world-fa­mousQiantang bore – the monthly for­ma­tion of sea-like­waves on the brack­ish wa­ter, when tides pull sea wa­ter up the Qiantang River against the cur­rent.

Ev­ery year, in mid-Au­gust on the lu­nar cal­en­dar, tourists will come and en­joy the view of the Qiantang bore. The year 2016 is spe­cial: the Qiang­tang bore co­in­cides with the G20 Sum­mit, held in­Hangzhou, cap­i­tal of East China’s Zhe­jiang prov­ince where the Qiantang bore oc­curs.

The Qiantang bores are at times so pow­er­ful that sight-seers must first plan a route of es­cape and get ready to run be­fore ap­proach­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence or pho­to­graph the phe­nom­e­non.

As the ti­dal forces reach their peak around Aug 18 on the lu­nar cal­en­dar, the waves of theQiantang bore can be as high as fiveme­ters and there can be a gap of 10 me­ters be­tween the high­est and low­est points. The Qiantang bore has al­ready be­come a nat­u­ral fea­ture ofHain­ing.

Hain­ing is not the only place suit­able for watch­ing the Qiantang bore. Af­ter watch­ing the peak of the tide in Hain­ing, you can watch sim­i­larly unique tides in sev­eral neigh­bor­ing ar­eas. In Nanyang town at the south­ern bank of the Hangzhou Bay, peo­ple can watch pil­lar tides, a unique phe­nom­e­non in which the wa­ter ris­ing like pil­lars.

PHO­TOS BY WANG XINKE / FOR CHINA DAILY

Tourists try to es­cape as a huge wave hits the view­ing plat­form on Sept 4, 2016.

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