Thousands of tourists gathered in the city of Haining in east China’s Zhejiang Province to appreciate the world’s largest tidal bore at the Qiantang River during the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival holiday over the weekend.
The Qiantang River tidal bore is a world-renowned natural phenomenon known for its momentum and charm caused by the gravitational pull of the moon. The best time to view the tidal bore is between the 15th and 18th day of the eighth month on the Chinese lunar calendar, which falls exactly on the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Due to the Typhoons Meranti and Malakas, this year’s tidal bore is higher than those in years past. The nine-meter-high and 650-meter-long Laoyancang Dam, 12 kilometers west of the town of Guanxi, is the best site to view the majestic scene. The tides, galloping like horses, hit against the dam and retreat after rising in the air, creating one of two eye-catching scenes of the tidal bore, namely “back-flow bore.”
The back-flow bore then hits the seawall, with the water rising up to 15 meters high, which is another unique scene known as the “soaring bore.”
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