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. 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 Bridge|
Best Time to Appreciate the Tidal Wave:
Visitors should go to watch the tidal wave on the eighteenth day of the eighth month on Chinese lunar calendar. If they can’t make it, they also can go on the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, fifteenth, sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth day of every lunar month.
In addition, visitors are suggested to arrive at least 40 minutes early to wait for the tide.
Visitors should take regular buses from Hangzhou Passenger Transport Central Station to Haining and then take local buses to reach the following three locations.
Take bus no. T106 and get off at Daquekou Station.
2. Tidal Wave Watching Park of Yanguan Town, Haining City
Entrance Ticket: CNY 30
Ticket price will be adjusted during the Tidal Wave Watching Festival (from the 13th to 20th of the eighth month on Chinese lunar calendar).
Transportation: Take bus no. 868 or 868 Holiday Line from Hangzhou Passenger Transport Central Station to Yancang Bus Station.
Take local bus no. T106, T307, T309 or T317, and get off at Yanguan Station.
Take bus no. T106, T113, T131, T307, T310, T313, K529, 868 or 868 Holiday line, and get off at Laoyancang Station.