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Qiantang River Bore

Qiantang River Bore is China's largest and grandest tidal river stretches. The bore can rise to a height of about eight meters with a surge speed reaching nearly ten meters per second. This spectacular scene resembles thousands of soldiers rushing forward onto a battlefield and could be called a natural wonder of the world. It is even scarier when you are in the water.

The Qiantang River Bore came into being during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25 - 220), while people began to view the bore regularly during the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317 - 420).

The Qiantang River flows into the East China Sea through Hangzhou Bay. Since the estuary of the river is wide but narrows inland, when the incoming tide enters the estuary, the seawater surges into an ever-narrowing bottle neck to forming a wall of water. Thus the spectacular bore comes into being.

The best time to appreciate the Qiantang River Bore is on the 18th day of the eighth Chinese lunar month every year. A few of best places to watch the bore are listed below

Changshan Zha: A pavilion built on a hill near the Changshan Zha for watching the bore.

Babao Longtoujiao: it is a protuberant reef at the seawall with a small bay here. When the tidal waters run here, great waves break on the bank and the angry tide piles up to become a tremendous surge. The scene is quite heart stopping.

Lao Yancang: It is a dam that across the river. When the surge breaks on the dam, the tidewater will run onto the dam along the slope and then return to the seawall. Spray pours down like a rainstorm.

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