Qiantang River

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The Qiantang River (also known as the Qian River) is a southeast Chinese river that originates in the borders of Anhui and Jiangxi provinces. An important commercial artery, it runs for 459 km (285 miles) through Zhejiang province, passing through the provincial capital Hangzhou, before flowing into the East China Sea through Hangzhou Bay.

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Qiantang River Tide
Qiantang River Tide

Above Hangzhou, as far as Tonglu, it is known as the Fuchun River.The river is also the southern terminal of the ancient Grand Canal that links five major rivers in China from north to south, and enables water-borne traffic to travel inland from Hangzhou as far north as Beijing.

Qiantang River Tide
Qiantang River Tide

The Qiantang was previously known as the Zhe River, Luocha River, or Zhi River. It was renamed "Qiantang" (literally "Qian's pond") in honour of the kings of Wuyue (907-978), whose extensive hydro-engineering schemes in large part ensured the prosperity of the region in later centuries. When it was built in the 1930s, the First Qiantang River Bridge in Hangzhou was the first steel bridge to span a major river in China.

Qiantang River Tide
Qiantang River Tide

Tidal Bore of Qiantang River

The soaring tide of the Qiantang River is such a marvelous spectacle that only the Amazon River's surging tide rivals it! Annually, millions of people from both home and abroad flock there to watch it on the eighteenth day of the eighth lunar month (also around the Mid-Autumn Day). When the surging tide comes, the water can rise up to a height of 30 feet and the noise it generates sounds like thunder, or thousands of horses running. Various activities will also be held to celebrate the annual Tide-Watching Festival, according to local custom.

Qiantang River Tide
Qiantang River Tide

In terms of its history, the custom of watching the bore tide has happened for more than 2000 years. It first appeared during the first century. Then, it became popular in the Tang Dynasty (about 7th-13th century). Yangong town in Haijing 45 km (about 28 miles) from Hangzhou is the best place to watch the Qiantang Tide.

The rushing tide can be dangerous if you are careless.So it's best to listen to the advice of the local policemen there whose job it is to ensure your safety and security.

Qiantang River Tide
Qiantang River Tide

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